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  • Hello guys.

  • And welcome to this English pronunciation video.

  • I'm gonna help you make these vowel sounds /ɪ/ and /i:/.

  • I really want you to be able to hear the difference and to pronounce them correctly.

  • It is very important for you to know the IPA spelling.

  • Watch how I move my mouth.

  • And always repeat after me in this video.

  • I know that you can master these vowel sounds.

  • Let's get started.

  • First, let's try to make the sound /ɪ/.

  • So when you pronounce, it your tongue is a little higher in your mouth, closer to the

  • front.

  • /ɪ/ Stretch out your lips a little.

  • And it's a short sound.

  • /ɪ/ Repeat after me.

  • /ɪ/ /ɪ/

  • /ɪ/ Let's now practice with the word, sit.

  • Repeat after me.

  • sit sit sit Good guys.

  • Let's now practice the second sound, /i:/.

  • So the tongue has the same position.

  • It's a little bit higher, closer to the front.

  • But, when you say /i:/, you stretch out your lips a little more.

  • And it's a long sound.

  • /i:/

  • Your lips should feel a little tighter, too.

  • /i:/

  • Repeat after me.

  • /i:/

  • /i:/

  • /i:/

  • Let's practice with the word, seat.

  • Repeat after me.

  • seat seat

  • seat Good guys.

  • So we're going to use minimal pairs.

  • They're words with very similar sounds, but the actual vowel sounds are different.

  • And they're a very good way to practice these vowel sounds.

  • So let's now practice together.

  • First, just the sounds.

  • Watch my mouth.

  • And repeat after me.

  • /ɪ/ /ɪ/

  • /ɪ/ /i:/

  • /i:/

  • /i:/

  • /ɪ/ /i:/

  • /ɪ/ /i:/

  • /ɪ/ /i:/

  • Can you see my mouth?

  • Okay let's now practice with the words.

  • sit sit sit seat

  • seat seat

  • sit seat sit seat sit seat Good job guys.

  • So let's first practice how to make the sound /e/.

  • So your tongue is in

  • a middle part of your mouth.

  • /e/ Watch my mouth.

  • How it moves.

  • /e/ Can you watch my mouth and repeat after me

  • now?

  • /e/ /e/ /e/.

  • Okay let's now practice with a word, 'bed'.

  • Can you repeat after me?

  • bed bed bed Good job.

  • Moving on to the sound /ɪ/.

  • Now your tongue - it's a little higher than for the /e/ sound.

  • And you should stretch out your lips a little.

  • And it's a short sound.

  • /ɪ/ So let's practice.

  • Repeat after me.

  • /ɪ/ /ɪ/ /ɪ/ Let's practice with a word, 'bid'.

  • Watch how my mouth moves and repeat after me.

  • bid bid bid Okay guys, let's now use minimal pairs -

  • same words only the vowel sounds change.

  • They're a good way to practice these sounds.

  • But first just the sounds, so just watch how my mouth moves

  • and repeat after me.

  • /e/ /e/ /e/ /ɪ/ /ɪ/ /ɪ/ Let's now take the words 'bed' and 'bid'.

  • Repeat after me.

  • bed bed bed bid bid bid

  • bed bid bed bid bed bid Good, guys.

  • *************************** First, let's learn how to make the sound /e/.

  • So your tongue is in the middle part of your mouth.

  • Okay, and your mouth and doesn't move.

  • Can you repeat after me?

  • /e/ /e/

  • /e/ Let's now practice with a word please.

  • Repeat after me.

  • let let

  • let For the sound /eɪ/.

  • It's a little bit trickier.

  • It's what we call a diphthong.

  • So it's actually two vowel sounds combined.

  • So as you can see, your mouth moves and your tongue goes up a

  • little as you produce the sound /eɪ/.

  • Can you repeat after me?

  • /eɪ/ /eɪ/

  • /eɪ/ With the word 'late'.

  • Repeat after me.

  • late late

  • late Great job!

  • Let's now use minimal pairs.

  • Words that are extremely similar but the vowel sounds change.

  • They're a very good way to practice your vowel sounds.

  • First let's just practice the sounds.

  • So watch how my mouth moves and repeat after me.

  • /e/ /e/

  • /e/ /eɪ/

  • /eɪ/ /eɪ/

  • /e/ /eɪ/

  • /e/ /eɪ/

  • /e/ /eɪ/

  • Let's now use our words 'let' and 'late'.

  • Repeat after me.

  • let let

  • let late

  • late late

  • let late

  • let late

  • let late

  • Excellent job.

  • First, let's try to make the sound /æ/.

  • So your tongue is very low in your mouth.

  • /æ/ Can you repeat after me:

  • /æ/ /æ/

  • /æ/ Let's now use the word, 'ran'.

  • Repeat after me.

  • ran ran

  • ran And now let's produce the sound /ʌ/.

  • /ʌ/ Your tongue is in the middle part of your

  • mouth.

  • Please repeat after me.

  • /ʌ/ Let's now practice with the word 'run'.

  • Repeat after me.

  • run run

  • run Good guys.

  • Let's now use minimal pairs.

  • Words that are very similar, but the vowel sounds change.

  • A very good way to practice the vowel sounds.

  • First, just the sounds.

  • Repeat after me.

  • And watch how my mouth moves.

  • /æ/ /ʌ/

  • /æ/ Let's now use the words 'ran' and 'run'.

  • Please repeat after me.

  • ran ran

  • ran run

  • run run

  • ran run

  • ran run

  • ran run

  • Great guys.

  • First, let's make the sound /əʊ/.

  • /əʊ/ is actually a diphthong.

  • So it's two vowel sounds /əʊ/.

  • So as you pronounce it, as you can see, my mouth is quite round.

  • It moves and it becomes smaller.

  • /əʊ/ Let's practice.

  • Repeat after me.

  • /əʊ/-/əʊ/-/əʊ/ Let's practice now with the word 'so'.

  • Repeat after me.

  • so - so - so And now for the sound /ɔ:/.

  • As you can see my mouth is round as well but it's doesn't move.

  • And the sound is a tiny bit longer.

  • /ɔ:/

  • Let's practice.

  • Repeat after me.

  • /ɔ:/

  • /ɔ:/

  • /ɔ:/

  • Let's take the word 'saw'.

  • Please repeat after me.

  • saw - saw - saw Good.

  • Let's now use minimal pairs.

  • Words that are very similar but the vowel sounds change.

  • They're a very good way to practice these vowel sounds.

  • First, let's just practice the sounds.

  • Watch how my mouth moves and repeat after me.

  • /əʊ/ - /əʊ/ - /əʊ/ /ɔ:/

  • /ɔ:/

  • /ɔ:/

  • /əʊ/ /ɔ:/

  • Let's now take our words 'so' and 'saw'.

  • Repeat after me.

  • so - so - so saw - saw - saw

  • so - saw Excellent guys.

  • Let's first learn how to make the sound /ɒ/ So when you produce this sound,

  • your mouth is round, your tongue is very low in your mouth,

  • and it's a very short sound /ɒ/ Repeat after me.

  • /ɒ/ /ɒ/

  • /ɒ/ Let's practice saying the word 'hop'.

  • Repeat after me.

  • 'hop' 'hop'

  • 'hop' Now with the sound /əʊ/.

  • The sound /əʊ/ is a diphthong, so it's actually two vowel sounds - /əʊ/

  • And as you can see, when I say it, my mouth is round.

  • It moves and it gets smaller.

  • /əʊ/ Repeat after me.

  • /əʊ/ /əʊ/

  • /əʊ/ Let's practice with the word 'hope'.

  • Repeat after me.

  • 'hope' 'hope'

  • 'hope'

  • Good guys.

  • Let's now use minimal pairswords that are extremely similar,

  • but different vowel sounds.

  • They're a very good way to practice.

  • First, let's practice only the sounds.

  • Repeat after me and watch how my mouth moves.

  • /ɒ/ /ɒ/

  • /ɒ/ /əʊ/

  • /əʊ/ /əʊ/

  • /ɒ/ /əʊ/

  • /ɒ/ /əʊ/

  • /ɒ/ /əʊ/

  • Let's practice with two words 'hop' and 'hope'.

  • Again, repeat after me.

  • 'hop' 'hop'

  • 'hop' 'hope'

  • 'hope' 'hope'

  • 'hop' 'hope'

  • 'hop' 'hope'

  • 'hop' 'hope'

  • Great Job.

  • Let's first learn how to make the sound /æ/.

  • Now as you can see my tongue is very low and my chin as well.

  • /æ/ Repeat after me.

  • /æ/ /æ/

  • /æ/ Let's practice with the word, 'bad'.

  • Repeat after me.

  • 'bad' 'bad'

  • 'bad' Let's now make the different sound /e/.

  • Now for this sound, my tongue is in the middle part of my mouth

  • and I stretch out my lips a little bit.

  • /e/ Repeat after me.

  • /e/ /e/

  • /e/ Let's say the word, 'bed'.

  • Repeat after me.

  • 'bed' 'bed'

  • 'bed' Let's now use minimal pairs.

  • Words that sound almost the same but the vowel sounds are different.

  • They're a good way to practice.

  • First, just the sounds.

  • Watch how my mouth moves and repeat after me.

  • /æ/

  • /æ/ /æ/

  • /e/ /e/

  • /e/ /æ/

  • /e/ /æ/

  • /e/ /æ/

  • /e/ Let's use the words 'bad' and 'bed'.

  • Repeat after me.

  • 'bad' 'bad'

  • 'bad' 'bed'

  • 'bed' 'bed'

  • 'bad' 'bed'

  • 'bad' 'bed'

  • 'bad' 'bed'

  • First, Let's learn how to make the sound, /ɑ:/

  • Now as you can see, when I say /ɑ:/, my mouth is round.

  • My tongue and my chin are very low.

  • And it's a long sound.

  • It's very deep.

  • /ɑ:/

  • Please repeat after me.

  • /ɑ:/

  • /ɑ:/

  • /ɑ:/

  • Let's practice with the word, 'far'.

  • Repeat after me.

  • 'far' 'far'