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15 common English pronunciation problems

FIX PROBLEM ENGLISH SOUND - COMMON ERROR - PRACTICE MATERIALS
Relax the mouth and keep sound short. /ɪ/ "sit" /i:/ "seat" Minimal Pairs /ɪ/ or / i: / practice

Tongue more central. Lips relaxed. /ʌ/ "cut" /ɑ:/ "cart"
Keep mouth round (but lax) and tongue back. /ɒ/ "not"

Minimal Pairs /ɒ/ or /ɔ:/ practice
Minimal Pairs /ɑ:/ or /ɒ/ practice

Weak endings: e.g. "London" "England" /ə/ "the" (schwa)

Practise the neutral vowel /ə/
using spoken dialogues


Fix tongue in central position. Long. /ɜ:/ "bird" /ɔ:/ "bored" Minimal Pairs /ɔ:/ or /ɜ:/ practice

Voiced. Use less air. /b/ "bit" /p/ "pit"
Voiced. Friction with top teeth & bottom lip. /v/ "van" /b/ "ban"
Voiced. Use less air. /g/ "gone" /k/ "con"
Voiceless: tip of tongue behind top teeth. More friction & air. /s/ "sin"

Minimal Pairs /s/ or /z/ practice
Minimal Pairs /θ/ or /s/ practice

Voiceless. Friction. Tongue between teeth. /θ/ "thin" /t/ "tin" Minimal Pairs /θ/ or /t/ practice

Voiced. Friction. Tongue between teeth. /ð/ "they" /d/ "day" Minimal Pairs /ð/ or /d/ practice

Voiced: tip of tongue behind top teeth. Friction. /z/ "seas" /s/ or /ʤ/ "cease or siege" Minimal Pairs /s/ or /z/ practice

Voiced: Front of tongue to palate. Friction. /ʒ/ "confusion" /ʃ/ "Confucian"
Back of tongue to back roof. Nasal. /ŋk/ "think" /ŋ/ "thing" Minimal Pairs /ŋ/ or /ŋk/ practice

Voiced: Tip to alveolar. Front to palate. /ʤ/ "gin" /ʧ/ "chin"


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