UNIT 1 Chapter 3 Lesson 4 /eɚ/

LESSON 4 /eɚ/

COMMON SPELLING PATTERNS

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air                                 air, pair, stairs

are                                fare, hare, bare

HOW TO PRONOUNCE /eɚ/

/e/

  1. Open your mouth a bit with your lips moving sideways like you’re smiling. ()
  2. Your tongue is relaxed and in mid low position

/ɚ/

  1. Lips are slightly rounded
  2. Side part of the lips are pushed back
  3. Tip of the tongue is curled up; OR
  4. Middle part of the tongue is pulled back
  5. Tip and middle of the tongue NEVER TOUCHES the roof of the mouth
  6. The side part of the tongue is touching the upper side part of the teeth
  7. This is an unaccented sound

COMMON JAPANESE MISTAKE

Students usually pronounce this sound as /e/

LET US PRACTICE /eɚ/

Practice pronouncing the /æ/ sound using the words below.

HOW TO PRACTICE

  1. LISTEN to the audio file.
  2. COPY how the words are pronounced.
  3. SLOWLY read the words.
  4. LOOK at your mouth and tongue movement using a MIRROR.
  5. ALWAYS practice.
ONE-SYLLABLE /eɚ/
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  1. fair

/féɚ/

  1. bear

/béɚ/

  1. dare

/déɚ/

TWO-SYLLABLE WORDS /eɚ/
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 INITIAL

  1. airway

/èɚwei/

  1. air-proof

/éɚpru:f/

  1. airdrop
/éɚdrɑ:p/

MIDDLE

  1. hairstyle

/héɚstail/

  1. stairway
/stéɚwei/
  1. chairman

/tʃéɚmən/

THREE-SYLLABLE WORDS //
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MIDDLE

  1. chairmanship
/tʃéɚmənʃip/
  1. hairdressing

/héɚdresiŋ/

  1. impairment

/impéɚmənt/

FINAL

  1. millionaire

/mìljənéɚ/

  1. maidenhair

/méidənheɚ/

  1. debonair

/debənéɚ/

LET US PHRASE IT

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  1. an unfair share

/ən ʌnféɚ ʃéɚ/

  1. pair the pears
/péɚ ðə péɚz/
  1. spare my hare

/spéɚ mai héɚ/

  1. tear my wear

/téɚ mai wéɚ/

TONGUE TWISTER

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Claire stared at her pair of rare chairs’ tears.

/kléɚ stéɚd ət hɚ péɚ əv réɚ tʃéɚz téɚz/

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