Egg / eg /
In this Pronunciation Activation Pack we will be looking at the fifth of the pure vowels / e /.
We will look at the letter combinations that give the / e / sound.
We will look at lots of words which have the / e / sound in them.
Finally, we will activate your ability to hear and produce the / e / sound correctly.
The short pure vowel sound
/ e / can be formed by these letter combinations: E, EA, A, and rarely U, AI, EI, EO, and IE
A minimal pair is a pair of words which are almost the same except for one different sound, in this case, the vowel sound.
There are some vowel sounds in minimal pairs which can cause confusion with the / e / sound for students.
The most notable ones are:
- æ – phonetic / fə.ˈne.tɪk / – fanatic / fə.ˈnæ.tɪk /
- ʌ – pedal / ˈped.l̩ / – puddle / ˈpʌd.l̩ /
- ə – essay / e.ˈseɪ / – assay / ə.ˈseɪ /
- eɪ – cellar / ˈse.lə / – sailor / ˈseɪ.lə /
- ɪə – herring / ˈher.ɪŋ / – hearing / ˈhɪər.ɪŋ /
- eə – ferry / ˈfe.ri / – fairy /ˈfeə.ri /
There are some minimal pairs in English which cause confusion with the / e / sound.
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 5 random exercises from a large database of exercises.
The exercises will fully activate your use of the / e / sound for both speaking and listening.
Interactive British English IPA Chart
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