The Vowel in Ant / æ /
In this Pronunciation Activation Pack we will be looking at the ninth of the pure vowels / æ /.
We will look at the letter combinations that give the / æ / sound.
We will look at lots of words which have the / æ / sound in them.
Finally, we will activate your ability to hear and produce the / æ / sound correctly.
Letter Combinations for / æ /
The short vowel sound / æ / has these letter combinations: A in 99% of cases and rarely with AI, EI, and I.
Problems for Students
There are three other vowel sounds that cause confusion with the / æ / sound.
We will look at the following minimal pairs:
- 119 minimal pairs / æ / vs / e /
- 151 minimal pairs / æ / vs / ʌ /
- 66 minimal pairs / æ / vs / ɑː /
You will hear me pronounce over 670 words containing these vowel sounds.
As I said, there are three sets of minimal pairs in English which cause confusion with the / æ / sound.
I have created some interesting exercises in the Pronunciation Activator to help you better hear and produce the different vowel sounds.
Each time you do the Pronunciation Activator you will be given some random exercises from a large database of exercises.
The exercises will fully activate your use of the / æ / sound for both speaking and listening.
Interactive British English IPA Chart
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