Hi Everyone! Just finished one of my pronunciation lessons. We did something from our special Smith’s Pronunciation Course, and focused on the R’s and L’s this lesson.
I’m really impressed with how the students are doing here at Smith’s School of English Azamino. I’m hearing such big differences in their pronunciation and they are clearly delighted to be more easily understood. So satisfying (for both of us)!
I’ve found that it’s useful to stress the voiced and unvoiced aspects to each consonant as it relates directly to how the past tense ‘ed’ ending will be pronounced. I love it when after doing the first 2 sections, the ( ‘R’ and the ‘L’ ) and then going over all the voiced and unvoiced sounds in English, the student suddenly gets what I call the ‘ah-ha ! ‘ moment and the whole concept falls together. It’s a little magical when you witness this and know that their past pronunciation problems will be a thing of the past.
I’ve noticed that some of my students have trouble with the V and F sounds and I always use a mirror to help them see the difference between these 2 sounds and the B and P consonants. Once they see it how different these sounds look, the job of producing them becomes much easier.
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