Mistake 4: the letter O & the /ə/ – Speaking drill
Let’s do a speaking drill
Question: Can you say these words out loud?
Say the first word out loud. Then click on the red arrow to flip the flashcard, and press Play to hear the word said by a native speaker. Look at the phonetic transcription to check the /ə/ sounds.
Before moving on to the next flashcard, say each word out loud a couple of times along with the recording. There are fifteen flashcards in this drill.
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Let’s do it again
How did you get on? Remember that the better you can say the /ə/ sound, the more likely you are to distinguish it when others say it. To improve your English pronunciation fast, click here to flip all the flashcards and do this speaking drill again.
The magical sentence
Before we move on to “Mistake 5: the letter U & the /ə/“, let’s listen again to the magical sentence we heard in the Overview.
Play it a couple of times and notice the words: “famous” /ˈfeɪməs/, “handsome” /ˈhænsəm/ and “doctor” /ˈdɒktə/. Aren’t they clearer now?
By the end of this module you’ll be able to distinguish the fifteen /ə/ sounds in that sentence.
Let’s move on to Mistake 5
Now that you’ve done the speaking drill a couple of times, let’s move on to the next lesson, “Mistake 5: the letter U & the /ə/”.