UNIT 1 Chapter 3 Lesson 5 /iɚ/

LESSON 5 /iɚ/

COMMON SPELLING PATTERNS  

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ear                                 near, dear, rear

HOW TO PRONOUNCE /iɚ/

/i/

  1. Lips move sideways like you are smiling and not rounded
  2. Your tongue is relaxed
  3. Front part of your tongue moves A BIT high up and is near the roof of your mouth.
  4. Produce a short sound; like ()

/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 /iə/.

LET US PRACTICE /iɚ/

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 WORD /iɚ/
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  1. fear

/fíɚ/

  1. hear

/híɚ/

  1. beard

/bíɚd/

TWO-SYLLABLE WORDS /iɚ/
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INITIAL

  1. earwax

/íɚwæks/

  1. earphone

/íɚfoun/

  1. earlobe

/íɚloub/

MIDDLE

  1. tearful

/tíɚfl/

  1. gearbox

/gíɚbɑ:ks/

  1. hearsay

/híɚsei/

FINAL

  1. nuclear

/nú:kliɚ/

  1. appear

/əpíɚ/

  1. unclear

/ʌnklíɚ/

THREE-SYLLABLE WORDS /iɚ/
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MIDDLE

  1. endearment

/indíɚmənt/

  1. fearlessly

/fíɚləsli/

  1. nearsighted

/níɚsaitid/

LET US PHRASE IT

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  1. appeared here

/əpíɚd híɚ/

  1. hear it clearly

/híɚ it klíɚli/

  1. near the clearing

/níɚ ðə klíriŋ/

  1. feared the deer

/fíɚd ðə díɚ/

TONGUE TWISTER

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We’re here to hear the cheer for our dear volunteers.

/wiɚ híɚ tə híɚ ðə tʃíɚ fɚ ɚ díɚ ˌvɑ:ləntíɚz/

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