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Vowels For ESL Students

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The /I/ sound as in "is" and "if"

"Dance Class" Edgar Degas, 1871

Dave Sconda shows you how to pronounce /I/ which is number 2 on your vowel chart.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

"Er" : When "R" is a Vowel Sound.

"Public Strategy" by Emily Frost.
This work is a depiction of the saying:
"The early bird catches the worm."

Part One of a lesson on
the pronunciation of "r".
Here, Jennifer explains how "r"
is part of the vowel system.

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Fifteen Vowel Sounds in Context

St. Victoire - Paul Cezanne - 1885

1. Long “e”
a. What time do you usually eat lunch?
b. What street does she live on?
c. What time should we meet for coffee?
d. Her brother doesn’t speak Greek.
e. Which key opens this door?

2. Short “i”
a. It doesn’t snow in San Francisco.
b. I accidentally hit your car. I’m very sorry.
c. I’m tired. I need to sit down and take a break.
d. Do those shoes fit?
e. If you’re sick, you need to stay home and rest.

3. “ay”
a. I was late because I overslept.
b. Take this pill three times a day with or without food.
c. I have a pain in my right shoulder.
d. It doesn’t rain during the summer in California.
e. He didn’t pay the bills on time.

4. Short “e”
a. He gets a check up once a year.
b. This hat is too large for my head.
c. You’ll get wet if you go out in this rain storm.
d. I guess it’s time to exercise.
e. Next week, we’ll study the book.

5. “a” as in “hat”
a. That hat looks great on you. Where did you buy it?
b. I found this hand bag. Is it yours?
c. I need a match to light this log.
d. There’s a map of the world in back of the class.
e. Could you please pass the salt?

6. “u” as in “cup”
a. How did you cut yourself?
b. Good luck on your new job.
c. How much does this vegetable soup cost?
d. That duck is enjoying that piece of bread.
e. Didn’t I see you the other day on Mission Street?

7. “er” as in “bird”
a. A big bird is sitting on that wire.
b. The Museum of Modern Art is on Third Street.
c. Is your baby a boy or a girl?
d. How much will you earn this month?
e. That’s hot soup. Don’t burn your tongue.

8. “a” as in “hot”
a. Don’t forget to lock the front door.
b. The ferry boat is approaching the dock.
c. Do you watch the news every evening?
d. The Number 30 bus runs on Stockton Street.
e. Be careful. That stove is very hot.

9. “ai”: diphthong 1
a. The farmer’s market is a good place to buy fruit.
b. Why is housing in San Francisco so expensive?
c. Would you care to try on this pair of shoes?
d. I’d like to have a piece of apple pie.
e. The sound of “I” is the same as the sound of “eye.”

10. “au”: diphthong 2
a. A happy cow grazes in a green field.
b. The cable car runs on Powell Street.
c. Right now, you’re studying at Mission Campus.
d. Are you from a small town or a big city?
e. How is this level? Is it too easy or too difficult?

11. Short “u” as in “book”
a. I didn’t need to look up his phone number.
b. What is the required book for this class?
c. Your son is tall. He probably grew a foot. last year.
d. What should I buy my wife for her birthday?
e. This isn’t a good washing machine. That one is.

12. Long “u” as in “moon”
a. I have to choose a color before I paint the living room.
b. One of my children is in junior high school.
c. Which tool is the best one for fixing the sink?
d. In order to change a light bulb, I have to use a ladder.
e. A new car is more expensive than a used one.

13. Long “o”
a. This boat has both a motor and sails.
b. If you’d like to see the apartment, I’ll show it to you.
c. Do you know any good, inexpensive restaurants?
d. Some low price California wines are excellent.
e. The area code for Daly City is 650.

14. “Aw”
a. We bought a new mattress last week. It was on sale.
b. It’s against the law to “text message” while driving.
c. Jessy slipped, but fortunately, he didn’t fall.
d. To get the facts, you have to talk to a lot of people.
e. There is a clock on that wall.

15. “oi”: diphthong 3
a. Your son helped me cross the street. He’s a good boy.
b. You’re a good father because you fixed the broken toy.
c. Many companies can’t employ new workers.
d. Raising a child is difficult, but there’s a lot of joy.
e. Soy beans are an excellent source of protein.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

"Duck" and "Dock". Listen and Fill the Blanks.

1. You can rent boats at Stow Lake. They’re tied to the .

2. “ ” is slang for “policemen or police women.”

3. The custodian will the door before he leaves the room.

4. He will also all the windows and off the lights.

5. Take a little sun screen and it on exposed skin. Then, you won’t get a sun burn.

6. My shirt is dirty. I have to wash it by hand.

7. My daughter used to play with her , but she’s too grown up now.

8. This TV program is . I’d rather read a book.

9. There’s a good view of the city from the floor of this apartment building.

10. That is too fat. He doesn’t need to eat anything.

11. Success is a combination of hard work and good .

12. This blouse fits me very well, but I don’t care for the .

13. It’s more difficult to a wallet if it’s in the front pocket.

14. The bathroom is tidy , clean, and the bath is large.

15. I’m glad you like our coffee. Would you care for another ?

16. There’s an antique in the hall. It was made in China.

17. It’s a good idea to get a flu before winter starts.

18. A large bottle with a handle is called a .

19. A popular form of music in America is called “ ”.

20. Many people before or after work for exercise.

21. They might get married next month. They might wait until next year.

22. I can’t just eat one . I have to eat another one, and another one, and another one.

23. The robber used a to hold up the bank. Fortunately, he didn’t shoot anybody.

24. I’m sorry, you came to the party too late. All the food is .

25. A large fell on the highway, and all the cars stopped.

26. I was afraid when I heard the . But it was from a TV movie.

27. I didn’t my front door firmly. So, the wind blew it open.

28. The walls in our living room are too dark. We need to paint them a lighter .

29. George bought several lottery tickets. But he didn’t have any .

a. ducke. cupi. shutm. rugq. tubu. gun
b. dockf. copj. shotn. rockr. topv. gone
c. luckg. dullk. rubo. jugs.colorw. nut
d. lockh. dolll. robp. jogt. collarx. not

"o" as in "hope" and "aw" as in "law".
Listen and Fill the Blanks.

She's using a power lawn mower.

1. The language lab is across the from the teachers’ room.

2. The common is contagious. You can catch it at school.

3. After I dry the towels, I them and put them away.

4. Maria bought a power mower so she can cut the grass faster.

5. Jeff said the other boy started the fight. It wasn’t his .

6. Veronica three buttons on her son Pedro’s old shirt.

7. Pedro’s right sleeve had a big in it from his fall.

8. She her son to be careful when he plays next time.

9. The chicken that’s cooking in the kitchen has a nice .

10. The cat sometimes scratches the furniture with its .

11. Raymond measured and several boards for shelves.

12. Pedro is 12 years old and he’s is 5’6”. He’s very for his age.

13. His old don’t fit him anymore. So, he gave them away.

14. We’re ready to now. We’d like some of that chicken.

15. You can go to Larkspur and Sausalito round trip by ferry .

16. Your girlfriend . She said she couldn’t go to the party.

17. We’d like a of mushroom soup for an appetizer.

18. A good soccer player knows how to kick the very far.

19. I ten fish, but unfortunately, they were all small.

20. You don’t need a today. It’s very hot outside.

21. Rodger’s brother is graduating from school next June.

22. How many chairs did you buy for your new apartment? I three new chairs.

23. The plane is going to land in about one minute. That’s why it’s flying very .

24. Mr. and Mrs. Brown need a to start their new business. Where can they get a low interest rate?

25. Anna a very funny joke at dinner last night. Everyone in her family laughed.

26. Levels One and Two are beginning classes. Levels Three and Four are high beginning classes.

27. Every winter, it is very . That’s why we usually have a fire in the fireplace.

28. After William irons his clothes, he them carefully and puts them away.

29. people have to be careful in rooms with ceilings.

a. boate. foldi. toldm. sewedq. odoru. low
b. boughtf. faultj. talln. sawedr. orderv. law
c. coatg. coldk. bowlo. clothess. holew. loan
d. caughth. calledl. ballp. clawst. tallx. lawn


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