SECTION I: DIPHTHONGS {Counter #.......}

[LANGUAGE NOTE: Diphthongs (also know as double vowels) are significantly different in American English than in almost any other language or dialect in the world. So it doesn't matter what language you come from, you must learn to produce these sounds with the "quick downward glide" and the rear tongue these sounds with they possess in standard American speech, Practice them here in lesson #2, and go back and review the earlier diphthong lesson in Course # 1, Lesson # 5. Practicing the pronunciations of diphthongs gives you the perfect opportunity to combine pronunciation with the rear-tongue speech impulse that you learned in lesson #1. }

L 2/ S1-A: THE "LONG I" Phonetic Symbol: [ a I ]

 

COMMON SPELLING:
"i+consonant+e" as in LIFE, ADVICE
" y" as in PYLON, SHY, DRY
"i" as in VIRUS, CRISIS, CHINA
OCCASIONAL SPELLINGS:
"igh" as in HIGH, FIGHT "ai" as in AISLE
I'M, FINE, ARRIVE, CLIMB, TRIAL

Here are more words and sentences for this diphthong which aren't recorded on the tape.

erudite pylon shiner aisle lice high appetite polite while Eliza flie icy skylight crucify sideline fight icon eye baptize identity slicing crime idle die concise twilight crisis crime Nile dry advice briny dried right fire side thrice China virus night rye ride pyrite myopic spicy light shy time pliers pliable style bright cry life

- It's the right time to find a gold mine in the sky.
- I transcribed five dialogues, but I don't know why.
- The sight of dry land was exciting for Ira.
- A life of violent crime is a sign of t he times.
- Eliza was the pride of the science fair.
- Fried pike is sliced for Friday night's supper.
- Ivy vines are tied down behind the shutters.
- My guide and I had a fine time on the Nile.
- Please recite ironic rhymes of an iambic kind.
- Blind justice presided at the indictment.
- Dried spice is likely to be appetizing.

L 2/ S1-B: THE "AH-OO"

Phonetic Symbol: [ a u ]

COMMON SPELLINGS:
"ou" as in POUND, LOUD, OUT, MOUND, POUCH
" ow" as in COWARD, CROWN, WOW, COW, SHOWER
HOUR, OUT, SOUND, CROWN, TOWN

Now here are lots more words and sentences for this diphthong which are not recorded on the tape:

coward carouse crowd mouse count down powder confound crown douse round town pouch flounder cloud louse flower out amount abound shroud hound proud cow denounce profound trowel mound about bow ounce allowed dowel pound bound now pronoun round towel around foul how mountain brown trounce house rout wow south shower pounce doubt oust lout

- The loudest hound in town bow-wowed at the mouse.
- The lout proudly scowled at those in the household.
- The coward found a trowel and plowed into the mound.
- I doubt t hat the louse will pound down the flowers.
- The crowd loudly prowled the streets of the town.
- The cow was doused by a shower out of the cloud.
- I found that I had gained about a pound.
- He counted the hours and vowed to get out of the house.
- The sow, the mouse and the cow sounded a rousing song.
- Wild flowers abound in out-of-the-way mountains.

L 2/ S1-C: THE "AW-EE" Phonetic Symbol:

COMMON SPELLINGS:
"oy" as in FOYER, JOYCE, OYSTER,
"oi" as in SPOIL, VOID, NOISE
OYSTER, OIL, SOIL, MOISTURE, ANNOYED, JOYFUL, SOYBEAN

And here are still more words and sentences for this diphthong which aren't recorded on the tape.

foyer despoil moisture ointment ploy Roy Joyce Boise cloister oyster poi joy rejoice buoyancy hoist choice coin Troy foible broil annoy exploit coy boy recoil asteroid soy sauce enjoy coil join goiter appoint soybean royal toil soy poise avoid Lloyd loyal foil oink vice voyeur pointed noise loin oily devoid anoint doily poignant oil soil

- The boy joined in the noise.
- Loyal Lloyd anointed the royal head with oil.
- Boyle put soy sauce on the boiled oysters.
- He coiled around the moist cloister pillars.
- He toiled to hoist the soybeans from the soil.
- The boisterous boy oiled the noisy toy.
- He foiled the exploits of those who were loitering.
- Ointment is the best choice for your aching joints.
- Joyce's poignant remark annoyed Roy Foy.
- The noisy boy lost his voice while rejoicing.
- The royalty exploited their loyal subjects.

The following are sentences containing all of the diphthongs. Use the proper technique as you repeat them after they are modeled on the tape.

- I GET AROUND THE TOWN QUITE WELL.
- THE BOY CAN'T FIND HIS LOUD TOY.
- HE WAS ANNOYED BY THE LOUD SOUNDS OF THE NIGHT.
- THE SIGN HE PAINTED WAS MOIST AFTER THE AWFUL RAIN SHOWER

SECTION II: SINGLE VOWELS {Counter #.........}

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