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

  • /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/

  • Let’s now practice with the word, sit.

  • Repeat after me.

  • 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:/

  • Let's practice with the word, seat.

  • Repeat after me.

  • seat

  • Good guys.

  • So we're going to use minimal pairs.

  • Theyre 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/

  • /i:/

  • /ɪ/

  • /i:/

  • /ɪ/

  • /i:/

  • /ɪ/

  • /i:/

  • Can you see my mouth?

  • Okay let's now practice with the words.

  • sit

  • 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/

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

  • Can you repeat after me?

  • 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/

  • Let's practice with a word, ‘bid’.

  • Watch how my mouth moves and repeat after me.

  • 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/

  • /ɪ/

  • /e/

  • /ɪ/

  • /e/

  • /ɪ/

  • /e/

  • /ɪ/

  • Let's now take the wordsbedandbid’.

  • Repeat after me.

  • bed

  • 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.

  • /e/

  • Can you repeat after me?

  • /e/

  • Let's now practice with a word.

  • Please repeat after me.

  • 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.

  • /eɪ/

  • 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/

  • Let's practise with the wordlate’.

  • Repeat after me.

  • late

  • Great job!

  • Let's now use minimal pairs.

  • So 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/

  • /eɪ/

  • /e/

  • /eɪ/

  • /e/

  • /eɪ/

  • /e/

  • /eɪ/

  • Let's now use our words

  • letandlate’.

  • Repeat after me.

  • let

  • 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/

  • Let's now use the word, ‘ran’.

  • Repeat after me.

  • ran

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

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

  • /ʌ/

  • Please repeat after me.

  • /ʌ/

  • Let's now practice with the wordrun’.

  • Repeat after me.

  • 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/

  • /ʌ/

  • /æ/

  • /ʌ/

  • /æ/

  • /ʌ/

  • Let's now use the wordsranandrun’.