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Vowel in Art / ɑː /

Activate the Vowel in Art / ɑː / with this English Pronunciation Activation Pack. In this Pronunciation Activation Pack we will be looking at the eleventh of the pure vowels / ɑː /. We will look at the letter combinations that give the / ɑː / sound. We will look at lots of words which have the / ɑː / sound in them. Finally, we will activate your ability to hear and produce the / ɑː / sound correctly. Letter Combinations for / ɑː / This long vowel sound has these letter combinations: AR, EAR, ER, A, AL, AU, and OIR. There are two other vowel sounds that cause confusion with the / ɑː / sound. We already looked at the following minimal pairs: / ɑː / vs / æ / – Vowel in Ant – Pack 9 / ɑː / vs / ʌ / – Vowel in Sun – Pack 10 I won’t be repeating these minimal pairs in this Pronunciation Activation Pack. Instead, we’ll look at the important Trap-Bath Split. I will explain all about the Trap-Bath split in the Pronunciation Activator and show you why it is important in RP or BBC English.

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Visited 9 hrs, 3 mins, 32 secs ago

Categories: Pronunciation | IPA Symbols | Speaking


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Ace Your CAE Vocab! - Challenge

Challenge yourself on the key words, phrasal verbs, and fixed expressions from the CAE Vocab lesson and which will be helpful for you in achieving a high mark in the CAE exam. These words and expressions are commonly used in formal writing and can help you sound more professional and confident in your writing. Do you know the meaning of each word or expression and can you use them in a sentence? Do you know how to use them in context? Take this challenge test and pit your English skills against other students around the world.

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Visited 6 hrs, 58 mins, 22 secs ago

Categories: Challenges | Vocabulary | Phrasal Verbs | English in Use | Exam Practice | Spelling


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Vowel in Pure / ʊə /

Activate the Vowel in Pure / ʊə / with this English Pronunciation Activation Pack. In this Pronunciation Activation Pack we will be looking at the one sound on the British IPA chart that is in danger of disappearing in many words. The sound is the / ʊə / sound which used to be heard in words like pure and poor. I say used to be heard, because since the middle of the 20th Century, the / ʊə / sound has been replaced by the / ɔː / sound, so pure / pjʊə / is now / pjɔː /. Though the / ʊə / sound has been replaced by the / ɔː / sound among the young, middle aged RP English speakers may still use the old / ʊə / sound. For anyone who was born after the 1950s, myself included, these pronunciations sound rather old-fashioned and are difficult to produce. This gliding vowel sound has, or rather had, these letter combinations: OOR, OUR, URE, UR, UE, and UA. The biggest problem for students is that the / ʊə / sound is one of the least frequent vowel sounds in British English. It is also becoming less frequent as time goes on, so students ought to follow the modern pronunciation and use the / ɔː / sound in place of the older / ʊə / sound. Purists, particularly older ones, might disagree, but I would argue that the proof of the pudding is in the hearing.  

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Visited 1 day, 5 hrs, 47 mins, 22 secs ago

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Consonants 1

An introduction to Britlish English Consonants (I have hayfever so had to use AI voices for this pack). There are 24 consonant sounds in British English. The consonant sounds are shown in the blue box at the bottom of the British English IPA chart, under the vowels. A consonant is a basic speech sound in which the breath is at least partially obstructed and which can be combined with a vowel to form a syllable. Consonants can only be produced with a vowel. There are 21 letters in the English alphabet which represent consonants but there are 24 consonant sounds. The consonant letters of the alphabet are, B, C, D, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, S, T, V, X, Z, and usually W and Y. The consonant sounds are grouped into several types. There are the plosives, the fricatives, the affricates, the nasals and the approximants. English consonants are classified by technical terms which refer to the way air escapes as we say the sound, where the obstruction to the air flow takes place, and whether the vocal cords are used. 

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Visited 4 hrs, 21 mins, 9 secs ago

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Vowel in Toy / ɔɪ /

Activate the Vowel in Toy / ɔɪ / with this English Pronunciation Activation Pack. In this Pronunciation Activation Pack we will be looking at the fifth of the gliding vowels / ɔɪ /. We will look at the letter combinations that give the / ɔɪ / sound. We will look at lots of words which have the / ɔɪ / sound in them. Finally, we will activate your ability to hear and produce the / ɔɪ / sound correctly. Letter Combinations for / ɔɪ / - This gliding vowel sound has these letter combinations: OI, OY, and very rarely UOY and AW. There is only one other vowel sound that has the potential to cause confusion with the / ɔɪ / sound and that is the pure vowel sound / ɔː /.

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Visited 8 hrs, 41 mins, 6 secs ago

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