Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The short vowel u
The Problem With The
This vowel can be hard to pronounce by Israeli children because it doesn’t exist in Hebrew. The Hebrew vowels are
אִ אּוּּ אוֹ. אֵ אֶ אָ
The pronounciations of these vowels are:
[ i:] /a:/ /e/ /ei/ /u:/
There are many more vowels in English. The vowel short u, most Israelis pronounce as as Hirik, [ i:]
This vowel u pronounced as : / ә/ appears in the word mother, and the color rusty. In the word rusty , [rәstı:] sometimes it is pronounced “ risty” [rıstı:].
The way to pronounce the vowel /ә/ is as follows:
The mouth is opened, the tongue is placed on the bottom of the mouth, the throat is opened. This is a open-mid vowel.
Practise with the vowel /ә/
First I will say two words, and you will have to tell me which vowel I am saying.
We will choose the vowel [ i:] and the vowel /ә/
Now you will practice saying the two words in our list.
Now say more words with the vowel /ә/
Rusty Humble Hush Hunt
Roughhouse Gymnasium Gumshoe Mother
Run Fun Father Hydration
Serve Sesame Trunk Villager
Make up your own words with the vowel /ә/
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