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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Pronunciation: How do you pronounce...?

"How you say" is an on-line tool that will help you to learn how to pronounce words.
Aim: students introduce words they do not know how to pronounce in order to learn them with the sound Suggested procedure if you want to use this tool in your class
  •  make a list of the words students mispronounce.
  • group students in teams
  • write the words on the board
  • ask teams (in turns)  how a word is pronounced
  • check the pronunciation by introducing the  in How j say
  • give a point to the team that pronounces the word correctly
Access the HOWJSAY page by clicking HERE 

IF your students are Spanish speakers, you may start with some (or all) of these words:
  • Problems with "I" or "AI" sound:  to determine, idea, opposite, to  examine, horizon, since, microphone,  to print, tiger.
  • Problems with stress pattern:  successful,  component (stress in "po"), foreigner (FO), surface, insurance, hotel, interesting, invalid (IN)
  • Words with two stress patterns: to present/ a present, to report/a report, to progress/ the progress, to address/ an address...
  • The "able" words: vegetable, suitable (the "i" does not sound), able, comfortable, table, capable, removable, printable 
  • Letter B  does not sound: debt, plumber, doubt
  • Letter W does not sound:  sword,  answer, drawer. would
  • Other silent letters: mayor (no "y"), heir (no h), guard (no u), shepherd (no second h)
  • The -es ending sounding as "iz"or "is". Most student ignore the ending: services, oranges, he fixes/watches, exercises
  •  The ones they always get wrong:  biscuit (the "u" does not sound), receipt, recipe, architecture (the K), busy, , key, Pharaoh, choir, aisle,rare, archive (K), corps  /kɔː/ as in Peace Corps vs. corpse.
  • The ones that are very similar to Spanish words and students pronounce in the Spanish: fashion: Jamaica, Arkansas, Zanzibar, Ottawa.Lancaster, Asia, Trafalgar (FA), predator (PRE), cigarrette (TT), controversy (TRO), transparent (PA)
  • The ones with less syllables than we expect: chocolate, digital, restaurant,  basically
  • Teasers (homophones or almost homophones): flour and flower,  guerrilla and gorilla, waist and  waste, pear and pair, heir and hair, write and right, four and for, hear and  here, no and know...  For more homophones in British English go to this page HERE
  • -age words: beverages (also stress pattern), village, image, message, usage 
  • The - ure words: nature, creature, future, structure, adventure, literature 

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