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    Pronunciation exercise - /e/ and //

    Hi there, this time I'm trying to improve my pronunciation of the // vowel sound. This is a sound that we Italians don't have, so I am really having a hard time getting it right.

    Based on my pronunciation of the following list of words, what do you think I can do to improve?

    http://scorpio2002.altervista.org/ex5_ae.mp3

    ten - tan
    bet - bat
    pen - pan
    mesh - mash

    As usual, thank you a lot!
    Donato


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    Re: Pronunciation exercise - /e/ and //

    Donato, your vowel sounds in the second pair bet, bat are actually perfect! In the first pair you did not pronounce the vowels in the same way, but you should have. I would also recommend that you pronounce the final n in words with a bit more emphasis. This will make it easier for the listener to understand you. Great work! ...and what a wonderful idea to record the sounds and send them to this site!


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    Re: Pronunciation exercise - /e/ and //

    Donato, your vowel sounds in the second pair bet, bat are actually perfect!
    That might have just been luck! :P This is my second try, any better or worse?

    http://scorpio2002.altervista.org/ex5_ae_reload.mp3


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    Re: Pronunciation exercise - /e/ and //

    Actually, much better! As I mentioned above, the pronunciation of the a in bat is your best, so I recommend that you continue to practice making all a's of this sort just like that. I'm glad this helped.

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    Re: Pronunciation exercise - /e/ and //

    First say /i/ as in feel. Notice the tongue is very close to the palate, yet the jaws and teeth are almost closed.

    Now make the /a/ vowel as in father or acqua. Notice the jaws and teeth are at their "maximal" separation for normal speech. This is also the opening for the // vowel.

    TO make it, keep the mouth open wide, and return the tongue to the near-palate position it was in /i/. You should have the // now.


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    Re: Pronunciation exercise - /e/ and //

    TO make it, keep the mouth open wide, and return the tongue to the near-palate position it was in /i/. You should have the // now.
    This really confuses me; everywhere they say that the tongue should be positioned low in the oral cavity and now you're telling me the opposite XD

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    Re: Pronunciation exercise - /e/ and //

    Okay, keep doing what they say sounded right.

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