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  • Hello, it's Jennifer from Tarle Speech with your heteronym pronunciation lesson.

  • Heteronyms are words that are spelled the same but they have different pronunciations and different meanings.  

  • Our words today are "lead" a metallic element and "lead" to guide.

  • So these words start and end with the same sound so let's start there.

  • To say the l sound,/l/, tip of the tongue is going to touch the back of your top front teeth.

  • To be super specific it's the alveolar ridge which is the little piece of skin that just starts to touch the top of the teeth.

  • My lips are pulled back in more of a smile shape.

  • They are not rounded. It's not /u/. It's /l/. Going to end with a d, /d/.

  • Tongue is gonna touch that alveolar ridge again,  which is the spot where your teeth meet the skin, the roof of your mouth.  

  • As you do that, the tongue is gonna pop down a little bit, pull away from those teeth,  and the air is going to puff out.

  • Your voice box is on and moving for that d sound.

  • For the noun for "lead," that is going to be the short e sound.  

  • My mouth is going to be a little more open and more relaxed for this vowel.  

  • You can see the tip of my tongue just peeking out between the top and the bottom teeth.

  • For the long e in "lead," you smile. Your tongue gonna be nice and high and flat and tense.

  • So we have lead, lead, lead

  • Lead, lead. Lead, lead, lead, lead.

  • And now for a sentence:

  • Lead me to the lead deposit.

  • Please give it a try.

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Hello, it's Jennifer from Tarle Speech with your heteronym pronunciation lesson.

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