The National Accent: Pronunciation Of-the Vowels

Many students of English have a distinct accent simply because they pronounce English with the vowels of the language. They commit this error because the English vowels are 'something like' the vowel sounds of these native language, but they are different!

It's inadequate to listen to radio and TV. A lot of people will only hear the sounds of the indigenous language and won't learn how to pronounce the various sounds of a new language for example Engl...

The English Vowel SEEMS

Many learners of English have a distinct feature simply because they pronounce English with the vowels of the language. They make this mistake because the English vowels are 'something similar to' the vowel sounds of these indigenous language, but they are different!

It's inadequate to hear radio and TV. A lot of people will only hear the sounds of these indigenous language and won't learn how to pronounce the various sounds of the new language such as English.

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Let us look at the 'natural' vowels which are present in many languages. They are called pure because they have set sound, like this of the note of well-tuned musical instrument. These vowels are formed with no interference from the lips, teeth or tongue. It's very important to understand that when we talk of the vowels a, e, i, o, u, we are talking of the vowel sounds, not of the lettersof the alphabet. This really is crucial to remember in English since the same letter often represents a different sound in the English spelling. We are going to show the sounds by enclosing them in brackets: /a/, /e/, /i/, /o/, /u/, and the letters in quotes: 'a', 'e', 'i', 'e', 'u.'

In the following section, you can get a quick look at the English vowels that sound 'something similar to' the vowel sounds represented by the letters 'a', 'e', 'i', 'e', 'u' in many languages. Within the rest of the book, we will take a look at them with increased depth and you will even be able to listen to them evident. (For the guide but only available in Spanish see: We'll also consider the other English vowel sounds that are peculiar to English and aren't found in many other languages.

These sounds of English are similar (not the same!) for the sounds /a/, /e/, /i/, /o/, /u/ in your language.

The English vowel of the word pot is pronounced just like the letter 'a' in several languages. Understand once and for-all that in some words the letter 'o' is pronounced like the 'a' within your language! That's exactly how it is. If you do not want it, you'll not change the language. It is better to work at your pronunciation from the beginning.

The English 'e' in-the word May.

The English 'i' in the word feet.

The English 'o' in-the term goal.

The English 'u' within the word moon

We'll start with the five vowel sounds as represented by the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) as /a/, /e/, /i/, /o/, /u/. These are the pure vowel sounds that are present in English just like in several other languages.

The first natural vowel SOUND in English (represented by the letter 'a' in most languages) is represented by the letter 'o' In English. We repeat: you merely need to get used to this. For example the English word lot is pronounced like it were lat in other languages.

You open your mouth wide when you get this to sound. If you believe anything at all, you will maybe choose to read about That sound appear in the words father, vehicle, top, pot and is the sam-e sound since the Spanish words padre, carro, tapa, pata, or the German Vater, achtung, machen, etc.

This sound is a type of the English vowel sound /o/ (the 'short o ') and not of the /a/. And so the 'o' stands for this sound more regularly compared to the 'a.' In order to avoid confusion it is good to use a dictionary that has the designs of the International Phonetic Alphabet, the IPA.

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Let's go on to one other vowels /e/, /i/, /o/, /u/ or rather the sounds in English which can be represented by these letters.

These sounds in English aren't 'pure', as-in a number of other languages, since almost they always end with another sound. They end up getting a small 'i' or 'u' sound according to which vowel it is. We will see this in more detail. Some teachers state that they've just a little 'tail' at the conclusion.

If you pronounce the /e/ sound in English with no small 'tail' at the conclusion, you'll maybe not be pronouncing this sound precisely.

In the musical My Fair Lady, the teacher attempts to show the pronunciation of the English /e/ with the term, 'The rain in Spain falls mainly on the simple.'

If you make the /i/ sound your mouth is stretched to the sides. Remember this /i/ noise is seldom spelled with the letter 'i' in English.

There's almost no 'trail' following the sound of the /i/ in English in terms such as legs, pea.However, the /i/ is somewhat longer than in other languages. So you must exaggerate it and you will be nearly right.

If you pronounce the vowel /o/ of-the word phone (telephone) exactly like the sounds boy or ton in several languages (without the 'end ') you'll be speaking with a marked feature. The /o/ sound in English is not pure. You have to complete the vowel with the 'butt' of a little /u/ noise.

You have to experience your lips move as you pronounce the English /o/. They do not stay still as in other languages. As you finish the 'e' sound your lips make a round form as though you giving a hug.

Similarly to the /i/ sound, there is almost no 'trail' following the English /u/ sound.

You can have an extremely good pronunciation by just prolonging the vowel.

Your lips are rounded when you make the /u/ sound.

Summary of the English Vowels

The five basic vowel sounds of several languages can be found in English but using the following observations:

1. The vowel that is represented by the letter 'a' in lots of languages, more frequently appears in words with 'e.' This sound is pronounced without change in English. However, the other vowels, /e/, /i/, /o/, /u/, each one is obvious in a particularly English fashion. /e/ and /o/ have noted 'tails.' The /i/ leads to an /i/ sound. And the /o/ finishes with a /u/ noise. The /i/ /u/ don't have tails, however they are lengthened.

2. English spelling has very little to do with the sounds it represents. Or to include yet another way, English is not pronounced the way it's spelled.

The /a/ sound will be the vowel sound of the English word pot.

The /e/ noise (always with the 'tail ') can be spelled many ways: might, consider, they.

The sound /i/ (only a little lengthened) is employed in lots of different ways: legs, pea, area, get.

The sound /o/ (using its /u/ end) is represented in the following ways: mortgage, enemy, however, strike, owe.

The sound /u/ (a bit prolonged) appears under in unanticipated ways in the English words moon and through.

Odd spelling in English! Right? Nevertheless the spelling in still another problem! We shall get to it. For the moment, only focus on the pronunciation.

One way to remember is to think of when you speak English how you design your moth. Try and imagine that you're smiling when you finish a word that ends with all the /i/ sound. When you complete the phrase Might you stretch your lips.

Likewise, make the effort to think of giving a kiss if you finish a word that ends with all the /u/ noise. You complete the sound of the /o/ within the word go by puckering your lips as though you were planning to strike out a candle or give a hug.

Do not forget! We have been speaking of the vowel sounds, not the letters of the alphabet that often represent them. The word foot gets the same /o/ sound since the words get, flow, nevertheless, and love. Browsing To view site likely provides suggestions you could give to your aunt. If you think you know any thing, you will maybe require to study about the We'll look at spelling a bit more in the rest of the guide, 'Leer E-s Poder' en

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