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American English Pronunciation Lesson 14

Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to learn to pronounce the sound oi as in the words toy, royal, coin, point. Remember "practice makes perfect" if you want to improve your English speaking ability.
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Pronunciation: American English Lesson 14

Pronounce the sound oi as in the words toy, royal, coin, point. Watch the following pronunciation videos and learn to pronounce this sound correctly.
 
Video: American English Pronunciation Lesson 14
Spelling
oy boy, toy, loyal, employ, enjoy, royal, joy, destroy, annoy
oi  choice, noise, coin, moisture, point, spoiled
 
Note: the red letters all have the same sound
 
Sound: Voiced and Unvoiced

This is a VOICED sound which means Your Vocal Cords DO vibrate when making this sound.
You CAN LISTEN to your Vocal Cords vibrating if you cover your ears with your hands.

Try covering your ears with your hands as Akiko is doing in the picture.

Now make the sound of this lesson. Can you listen to your vocal cords vibrating?
VERY GOOD
You CAN FEEL your Vocal Cords vibrating if you place your hands on your neck.

Try placing your hands on your neck as Akiko is doing in the picture.

Now make the sound of this lesson. Can you feel your vocal cords vibrating?
VERY GOOD
The following diagram shows the most important parts of your head and mouth used for pronouncing the sounds of English. It also shows the location of your Vocal Cords.
 
Position: Mouth, lips, and tongue

The following descriptions explain the proper mouth, lips, and tongue position when you make this sound.
Mouth

Your mouth should be slightly tense.
Lips

Your lips should be rounded.
Tongue

The front part of your tongue should be in the lower part of your mouth.
Practice video

Listen to the video and practice repeating each word.
 
 
Pronunciation practice words

Look at your mouth in a mirror and practice pronouncing the following words. Make sure your mouth, lips, and tongue are in their proper positions.
toy choice employ noise
enjoy coin royal moisture
joy point annoy spoiled
 
Note: the red letters all have the same sound (watch the video above)
 
Pronunciation word test
Test: Pronunciation word test

Choose the correct letter or letters to complete each of the following words.
1.  t_ _
2.  ch_ _ce
3.  empl_ _
4.  n_ _se
5.  enj_ _
6.  c_ _n
7.  r_ _al
8.  m_ _sture
9.  j_ _
10.  p_ _nt
Note: the letter or letters needed to complete each word all have the same sound.
From YOUR Teacher: Boy, Soy, Toy

The sentence "The boy bought soy instead of a toy" is good practice for the pronunciation of this sound.
 
Additional Lessons
About These Lessons

The following classroom lessons are great for students who want additional conversation, listening, and reading practice. Please post a comment at the bottom of this page in the Facebook Comments window with your thoughts about these lessons.
  • Conversation Lesson - Beginner Level. Dialogs for everyday use. Short situational dialogs for students of English as a Foreign (EFL) or Second (ESL) Language with a written conversation and a conversation notes section.
Conversation Lesson 25 - Shopping
(Beginner - Conversation, Reading)

Dialogs for everyday use. Short situational dialogs for students of English as a Foreign (EFL) or Second (ESL) Language.
Shopping

Saleslady: Can I help you?

Gloria: Yes, I’m looking for a pair of white gloves. I think I wear size six.

Saleslady: The white gloves are on this counter. Let’s see… here’s a size six. These are very nice, and they’re washable, too.

Gloria: Oh, I’ll try them on. Hmmm… they seem to fit. How much are they?

Saleslady: Five dollars.

Gloria: All right. I’ll take them.

Saleslady: That’ll be five twenty with the tax.
Conversation Notes
  • Can I help you
  • Or May I help you? is the way a sales clerk normally approaches a customer with an offer of assistance.
  • size six
  • Women’s gloves are usually available in quarter sizes (6, 6 1/4, 6 1/2, 6 3/4, etc.). Most women wear a size between 6 and 8.
  • The white gloves are on this counter
  • Note the emphatic stress on white and this, which the saleslady is contrasting mentally with other colored gloves on other counters.
  • Let’s see…
  • An expression used when a person wants to think something over, to ponder, to make a choice or decision, or to look for something.
  • I’ll try them on
  • Try on is a separable two word verb meaning to test the fit or appearance of a garment by putting it on. See Lesson 5.
  • How much are they
  • Meaning is how much do they cost? Notice that the primary sentence stress falls on are in this question (see Lessons 1).
  • five twenty
  • Meaning is five dollars and twenty cents ($5.20).
Source: U.S. State Department
Additional Conversation
Conversation

This is a collection of 36 situational conversations which focus on spoken American English in a relatively natural way....these lessons are for intermediate students.
Conversation

This is a collection of 30 situational conversations. Each conversation is accompanied by language notes....these lessons are for advanced students.
Conversation

English conversation lessons. 52 lessons covering pronunciation, speaking, writing, and grammar topics....these lessons are for beginning students.
Conversation

English conversation lessons. 30 lessons focusing mostly on communication and grammar topics....these lessons are for intermediate students.
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Study Tips
(Beginner - Listening)

Avoid Ineffective Study Methods. An audio lesson to help you study English more effectively. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great English study tips.
Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
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