Jill Diamond: Hi everybody, it’s Jill. Last time, we looked at the three key vowels in our vowel chart. Today, we’re going to add in all the vowels in between i, a and u.
All these vowels are so important because of the emphasis we place on vowels when we say our stressed syllables.
I want you to go ahead and watch the shape of my mouth, how it changes from a big
smile to a dropped jaw, to rounded lips. Watch this.
/i:/, /e/, /a/, /a:/, /o:/, /o/, /u:/. I’m sure you could see all those exaggerated movements. Let’s try them again together, okay? Let’s start at e. Here we go. /i:/,/e/,/a/, /a:/, /o:/, /o/, /u:/. And here comes our favorite /ʃwɑː/sound. It’s made in the middle of the mouth: /a/, /a/. We make a little cup with our tongue and remember the/ʃwɑː/ sound is so important because it’s that unstressed syllable. That’s where we get that contrast.
I want you to practice these vowel sounds. Just keep doing it until you feel tired, okay?
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