Thank you for coming to my class, I hope you will enjoy it! (At
least in due time).
First of all some class laws:
1. Always ask when you don't understand, feel free to scream out your
2. Tell me when I speak too fast, or cover a topic too fast, OR too slow
3. Tell me if it is too simple, I don't really know which level you are on
Imagine you wish to talk to a beautiful girl (or more
casually, a hot chic) at CERN. Would you do that if
you knew she doesn't speak Japanese? I think: no =)
Why is then pronunciation important?
1. You sound a little bit more less intelligent than you
are when you have a thick accent (think of me speaking
Japanese for example).
2. When you hear yourself pronouncing things wrongly
you get discouraged and want to stop talking.
3. You get stuck trying to pronounce a word which the
hot chic doesn't understand, and this breaks up the
4. You seem to be much better in a language than you
really are if you have a good pronunciation. This way you will feel more comfortable and
practice more, and then you will get better!
Improving your pronunciation will help a lot!!!
So let's go through the English sounds and practise!
First out: vowels!
English may have several sounds for a specific vowel or combination of vowels. One
sound can also be a gluing of two sounds, like lake. This is different (I think) from
The e and i sound: (of course there are exceptions)
“ei” (hard) “short open e” (easy)
Lake, patience, maybe, day, fate, mail,
Heaven, hell, best, elephant, average
A when followed with ONE consonant and an e. E when followed by two consecutive consonants.
A when followed by y or i. E when followed by a
Some cases with a you just have to learn... A when in “--age”
Meat, heat, feel Sit, hill, hit, bridge
Ea, ee I except when followed by r (later)
Now try this: feeling OH! I found another sound: a in
far, father and archipelago. It is
a chain of very many small
islands, maybe like the ones
The a and o sounds between Japan and Okinawa.
This is how it looks in Sweden.
“ai” “long closed mix of a and o”
Bike, might, fight All, bought, launch, fault
In all (but not in alley)
I when followed by a consonant and e or “ght” Ou followed by ght
“short open mix of a and e” “short open mix of a, e and o”
Alley, at, ask, average A, alignment, another, understand, butter, double
U when followed by two consonants
A when not followed by consonant and e.
A in some cases (sorry! No rule)
Exception average (from French)
Boat, know, blow, low, nose How, bow, now
Ow when not “au” Just learn!
O when followed by a consonant and e
“short open o” “long mix of o and u”
Popcorn, soccer, locker, hot Moose, loose, boose (alcohole), who, blue (also sad)
O when followed by two consonants
The funny sound in firm, birth, skirt, blur,
further: I and u when followed by r
“mix of (e)u and (e)o” A moose, a funny
animal that lives in
You, screw (also slang for “making love”), new northern Europe, for
example Sweden. It is
You 2.30 m high and
Ew weighs about 850 kg.
Hot chics, they also
live in the Swedish