Fun Easy English Classroom April 8


American English
lesson 12
American English Pronunciation Lesson 12

Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to learn to pronounce the sound i as in the words time, type, pie, height. Remember "practice makes perfect" if you want to improve your English speaking ability.
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Pronunciation: American English Lesson 12

Pronounce the sound i as in the words time, type, pie, height. Watch the following pronunciation videos and learn to pronounce this sound correctly.
Video: American English Pronunciation Lesson 12
i time, night, find, wine, fight, high, mile, pile
y fly, type, spy, sky
ie pie, die
ye bye
ei height, Eiffel
ai Thai, aisle
eye eye
uy buy
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?
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?
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.

Your mouth should be slightly tense.

Your lips should be unrounded.

The middle part of your tongue should be in the center 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.
time type pie bye
height aisle mile buy
night sky pile find
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_me
2.  t_pe
3.  p_ _
4.  b_ _
5.  h_ _ght
6.  _ _sle
7.  b_ _
8.  n_ght
9.  sk_
10.  f_nd
Note: the letter or letters needed to complete each word all have the same sound.
From YOUR Teacher: Pronounce Eye

This sound will always be easy for you if you simply pronounce it the same as the word eye.
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