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American English Pronunciation Lesson 16

Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to learn to pronounce the sound air as in the words hair, wear, stare, there. Remember "practice makes perfect" if you want to improve your English speaking ability.
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Pronunciation: American English Lesson 16

Pronounce the sound air as in the words hair, wear, stare, there. Watch the following pronunciation videos and learn to pronounce this sound correctly.
 
Pronunciation Video
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air air, hair, chair, pair, upstairs, fair, despair
ear bear, wear
are dare, mare, stare, square, glare, software
ere there
ayer prayer
 
Note: the red letters all have the same sound
 
Sound Type

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.
 
Mouth, lips, and tongue position

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 unrounded.
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.
hair bear mare there
prayer pair wear stare
fair square despair glare
 
Note: the red letters all have the same sound (watch the video above)
 
Pronunciation word test

Choose the correct letter or letters to complete each of the following words.
1.  h_ _ _
2.  b_ _ _
3.  m_ _ _
4.  th_ _ _
5.  pr_ _ _ _
6.  p_ _ _
7.  w_ _ _
8.  st_ _ _
9.  f_ _ _
10.  squ_ _ _
Note: the letter or letters needed to complete each word all have the same sound.
From YOUR Teacher: Pronouncing "Air"

This is really a pretty easy sound to pronounce. Watch the videos above and keep practicing.
 
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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 - Intermediate 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 16 - At the Bank
(Intermediate - Conversation, Reading)

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

Teller: May I help you?

Nancy: I’d like to cash this check, please.

Teller: Do you have an account with us?

Nancy: Yeah. Here’s my identification card.

Teller: Do you want large or small bills?

Nancy: Actually, I want to buy some traveler’s checks.

Teller: What denomination?

Nancy: Twenties would be fine.

Teller: Do you want the whole amount in traveler’s checks?

Nancy: Yes, please.
Conversation Notes
  • to cash this check
  • to receive money for this check
  • large or small bills
  • bills of large or small denomination
  • traveler’s checks
  • special checks issued by banks for a special amount and which can only be used by the buyer
Source: U.S. State Department
Additional Conversation
Conversation

This is a collection of 30 situational conversations which focus on a wide variety of communicative and natural encounters in English....these lessons are for beginning 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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(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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