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  1. An Introduction to the IPA
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  2. Vowels: Pronunciation Tutorials
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  4. Vowels: Minimal Pairs
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  5. Consonants: Pronunciation Tutorials
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  6. Consonants: Pronunciation Exercises
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  7. Consonants: Minimal Pairs
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  8. 3 Pronunciations of Past Participles: -ED
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Lesson 4, Topic 4
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/e/ vs /æɪ/ – e.g. wet vs wait

Peter Smissen February 14, 2018
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Complete the exercise by:

  1. Listening to the MP3 and noticing the sound differences
  2. Listening & repeating each word out loud.

/e/ – /æɪ/

wet – weight
wet – wæɪt

bed – bade
bed – bæɪd

bread – braid
bred – bræɪd

fell – fail
fel – fæɪl

get – gate
get – gæɪt

L – ale
el – æɪl

let – late
let – læɪt

M – aim
em – æɪm

pen – pain
pen – pæɪn

rest – raced
rest – ræɪst

S – ace
es – æɪs

sell – sale
sel – sæɪl

tech – take
tek – tæɪk

test – taste
test – tæɪst

well – whale
wel – wæɪl

west – waste
west – wæɪst

gel – jail
ʤel – ʤæɪl

pled – played
pled – plæɪd

pent – paint
pent – pæɪnt

special – spatial
ˈspeʃəl – ˈspæɪʃəl

trend – trained
trend – træɪnd

wren – rain
ren – ræɪn

X – aches
eks –æɪks

breast – braced
brest – bræɪst

red – raid
red – ræɪd

fled – flayed
fled – flæɪd

shell – shale
ʃel – ʃæɪl

tread – trade
tred – træɪd

betted – bated
ˈbetɪd – ˈbæɪtɪd

fend – feigned
fend – fæɪnd


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Practice phrases to read out loud:

  1. Mistakes are great when created in bed.
  2. Steph’s afraid of the debt Ace‘s sales left.
  3. They bet the best way to bait a wren is in rain.
  4. Drake lent fake snake feathers to Ben’s best friend.
  5. Fred’s friend feigned fending off the frail lake snake.
  6. The great shepherd’s shape became especially spatial.
  7. Bec baked bread made of lead that led to Nate‘s next head.
  8. The shaking men fled chasing the buried shells and shale she sent.
  9. Ned Kelly’s fake belly made Kerry go straight to selling smelly dates.
  10. Training trends won’t wane and bend when players end their complaining.