Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to
learn to pronounce the sound o as in
the words calm,
spa. Remember "practice makes perfect" if
you want to improve your English speaking ability.
if you cannot understand something on this page,
then use the Fun Easy English
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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.
Position: Mouth, lips,
The following descriptions explain the proper mouth, lips,
and tongue position when you make this sound.
mouth should be slightly tense.
Your lips should be unrounded.
The front part of your tongue should be in the lower 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)
Test: Pronunciation word test
Choose the correct letter or
letters to complete each of the following words.
Note: the letter
or letters needed to complete each word all have the
Pronouncing This Sound
This sound is particularly easy especially for native
Japanese speakers since this is one of the five vowel
sounds found in the Japanese language.
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listening practice, video speaking practice, video
pronunciation practice, a new
words section, and a writing activity.
40 - The Woods Are Alive
Conversation, Listening, Reading)
In this lesson Anna's New Year’s Resolution is to try
something new. She auditions for a play. Will she get
Watch the video and then do the activities on this page.
Anna: Happy New Year! Some people, at the start of a new year, make a resolution
-- a promise to yourself to be better. I thought about my resolution carefully.
I want to be an actor on the stage! Today I will audition for a show called "The
Woods Are Alive!" Wish me luck!
Director: Next! What is your name?
Anna: My name is Anna Matteo.
Director: Are you ready to audition?
Anna: (warms up voice) Yes.
Director: Great. Let's begin on page 1. Here is the story. You are lost in the
woods. You are searching desperately for a way out. Suddenly, you hear
Director: Now, say your line.
Anna: 'What was that? Hello. Is someone there?'
Director: Anna, you are speaking too softly. Can you speak more loudly and a
little more, um, seriously?
Anna: Yes, of course I can. 'What was that? Hello. Is someone there?' Is that
Director: Yes, that is loud enough. Let's turn to page 25. In this scene, you
are moving slowly and quietly through the woods.
Director: Anna. Anna! You are walking quickly and loudly. Walk slowly and
Anna: I'm walking slowly and quietly. I am walking…
Director: Anna. Anna. You don't need to say "slowly" and "quietly." Alright,
let's try the last scene. Turn to page 48. I say my line first, then you say
Director: 'You will never get out of these woods alive! Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!'
Anna: 'Yes, I will.'
Director: Okay, Anna, you said that line -- you said that line really late. You
need to say it earlier.
Anna: Sorry. Sorry. Let me try again.
Director: 'You will never …'
Anna: 'Yes, I will.'
Director: '… get out of the woods alive.'
Anna: I was too early, wasn't I?
Director: Yes. Yes, you were.
Anna: Director, how am I doing?
Director: You know, Anna. I think that I have the perfect part for you.
Director: The costume is in the back. Please go try it on.
Anna: Awesome! (Anna returns as a tree.)
Director: Oh, Anna, that fits you perfectly!
Anna: I'm a tree. I'm a tree in … "The Woods Are Alive!" Yes!
Anna: My new year is starting awesomely! Excuse me, Director! I have a great
idea for my tree. Oh, wait! Until next time!
Now practice listening to only the audio portion of the conversation.
In this video, learn how to say the new words. Then learn about asking for and
Use this video to learn about projecting when public speaking. Learn one way to
make your voice sound more confident when you speak to a group.
n. a person who acts in a play or a movie
n. a short performance to show the talents of
someone (such as an actor or a musician) who is being considered for a role
in a play or a position in an orchestra
adv. in a way that is very sad and or upset
manner because of having little or no hope
n. a person who directs a play or a movie
adj. equal to what is needed
n. the words that an actor speaks in a play,
movie or TV show
adv. in a manner that makes or causes a lot of
n. one side of a sheet of paper
adv. at a fast speed; rapidly
adv. in a manner that makes little noise
n. a promise to yourself that you will make a
serious effort to do something that you should do
n. a division of an act in a play during which
the action takes place in a single place without a break in time
n. the written form of a play, movie, or
adv. in a quiet voice or manner
n. a raised platform in a theater or auditorium
where the performers stand
adv. very quickly in usually an unexpected way
In this lesson, Anna tries something new. What new
activity do you want to try in 2017? Why do you want to
do it? Write about it in the Facebook Comments section
below. Then practice using adverbs as well as acting out
and guessing everyday activities.
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