water, away, always, sandwich, dwarf,
queen, quick, quiz, quantity,
Note: the red
letters all have the same sound
This is a VOICED sound which means Your Vocal Cords DO
vibrate when making this sound.
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
Now make the sound of this lesson. Can you listen to your vocal cords vibrating?
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
Now make the sound of this lesson. Can you feel your vocal
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.
and tongue position
The following descriptions explain the proper mouth, lips,
and tongue position when you make this sound.
mouth releases air continuously.
Your lips should be rounded and in the same
position as when you kiss someone.
The front part of your tongue should be in the center part of your
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.
Note: the red letters all
have the same sound (watch the video above)
Pronunciation word test
Try saying the following tongue twisters as quickly as
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a
woodchuck could chuck wood? He would chuck, he would, as much as
he could, and chuck as much wood as a woodchuck would if a
woodchuck could chuck wood.
While we were walking, we were watching window
wash Washington's windows with warm washing water.
Will you, William?
Who washed Washington's white woolen underwear
when Washington's washer woman went west?
Pronouncing Letter W
This sound is basically easy to pronounce.
(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.
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