In this Pronunciation Activation Pack we will be looking at the seventh of the pure vowels / ɜː /.
We will look at the letter combinations that give the / ɜː / sound.
We will look at lots of words which have the / ɜː / sound in them.
Finally, we will activate your ability to hear and produce the / ɜː / sound correctly.
Letter Combinations for / ɜː /
The long vowel sound / ɜː / can be found in the following letter combinations:
ER, EER, UR, URR, IR, YR, YRR, W+OR, EAR, OUR, and rarely OLO, EU and EUR.
I have created some interesting exercises in the Pronunciation Activator to help you better hear and produce the different vowels sounds.
Each time you do the Pronunciation Activator you will be given 6 random exercises from a large database of exercises.
The exercises will fully activate your use of the / ɜː / sound for both speaking and listening.
There is a good chance that some of the words used in this Pronunciation Activation Pack will be new to you.
To help you out, I have compiled an extensive dictionary of vocabulary used.
The dictionary gives you the meanings of all the words used in this Pronunciation Activation Pack.
You can download the dictionary as a PDF document from the resources link at the top left of the Pronunciation Activation Pack.
I have also compiled a phonetic transcript of all the words and minimal pairs I included in the Pronunciation Activator.
You can read each word and each minimal pair in Latin script alongside the British English IPA transcription.
With your growing understanding of the British English IPA chart, this will help you to see how different letter combinations can produce different sounds.
You can download the phonetic transcriptions as a PDF document from the resources link at the top left of the Pronunciation Activation Pack.
Use it in combination with the dictionary if you are uncertain of the meaning of any of the words included in the list.
Interactive British English IPA Chart
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