Fun Easy English Classroom February 13


American English
lesson 6
Pronunciation Lesson 6

Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to learn to pronounce the sound i as in the words building, busy, sit, women. Remember "practice makes perfect" if you want to improve your English speaking ability.
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Pronunciation: American English Lesson 6

Pronounce the sound i as in the words building, busy, sit, women. Watch the following pronunciation videos and learn to pronounce this sound correctly.
Video: American English Pronunciation Lesson 6
e women
i bin, chip, hill, hit, inch, it, mitt, ship, sit, slip, wind, bit, pit
o women
u busy
ui building
Note: the red letters all have the same sound
Sound: Voiced and Unvoiced

This is a VOICED sound which means Your Vocal Cords DO vibrate when making this sound.
You CAN LISTEN to your Vocal Cords vibrating if you cover your ears with your hands.

Try covering your ears with your hands as Akiko is doing in the picture.

Now make the sound of this lesson. Can you listen to your vocal cords vibrating?
You CAN FEEL your Vocal Cords vibrating if you place your hands on your neck.

Try placing your hands on your neck as Akiko is doing in the picture.

Now make the sound of this lesson. Can you feel your vocal cords vibrating?
The following diagram shows the most important parts of your head and mouth used for pronouncing the sounds of English. It also shows the location of your Vocal Cords.
Position: Mouth, lips, and tongue

The following descriptions explain the proper mouth, lips, and tongue position when you make this sound.

Your mouth should be relaxed.

Your lips should be unrounded.

The front part of your tongue should be in the upper part of your mouth.
Practice video

Listen to the video and practice repeating each word.
Pronunciation practice words

Look at your mouth in a mirror and practice pronouncing the following words. Make sure your mouth, lips, and tongue are in their proper positions.
bit bin chip pit
hill hit busy inch
it building mitt sit
Note: the red letters all have the same sound (watch the video above)
Test: Pronunciation word test

Choose the correct letter or letters to complete each of the following words.
1.  wom_n
2.  b_n
3.  ch_p
4.  w_men
5.  h_ll
6.  h_t
7.  b_sy
8.  _t
9.  b_ _lding
10.  s_t
Note: the letter or letters needed to complete each word all have the same sound.
From YOUR Teacher: Pronouncing this sound

Pronouncing this sound is easiest if you practice using three letter words such as the following: bit, fit, hit, kit, lit, pit, sit, tit, wit.
Additional Lessons
About These Lessons

The following classroom lessons are great for students who want additional conversation, listening, and reading practice.
  • Conversation Lesson - Beginner Level. Let's Learn English conversation lesson with a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, video speaking practice, video pronunciation practice, a new words section, and a writing activity.
Conversation Lesson 44 - Making Healthy Choices
(Beginner - Conversation, Listening, Reading)

In this lesson Anna is hungry. She goes to the supermarket and looks for good foods to eat. But she has a problem. One part of her wants junk food. The other part wants healthy food. Which part will win?
Lesson Video

Watch the video and then do the activities on this page.
Video Script

Anna: Hi there, Ashley!
Ashley: Anna! Hi! Where are you going?
(Anna’s stomach growls loudly)
Ashley: What was that?
Anna: I’m hungry. When I’m hungry, I only want to eat junk food! But I know I should eat healthy food. So, I fight with myself. One side says, ‘You should eat healthy food.’ The other side says, ‘But I want to eat junk food!’
Ashley: Well, Anna, go to the Giant supermarket. You should be able to find all kinds of food there - for all of you.
Anna: Good idea, Ashley. See you later!
Ashley: 'Bye, Anna.
Anna: Wow! This supermarket is huge! Look at all of these fruits and vegetables! I should eat more vegetables.
Healthy: Good idea, Anna. You must eat more vegetables … like celery!
Junky: Celery?! Do you know what the web says about celery?
Anna: No, what?
Junky: “Celery is 95 percent water - 100 percent NOT ice cream. I love the web!”
Healthy*: Anna, you mustn’t eat junk food. Junk food will kill you.
Junky*: You are being silly.
Healthy: No, you are!
Junky: No, you are.
Anna: Will you two please be nice to each other? It is important to eat healthy foods. But, a little junk food will not kill me. Hmm, ice cream. Ice cream does sound good.
Junky: Take this cart to the frozen food aisle!
Healthy: No wait, go back! Go back! We forgot fruit. Go back!!
Anna: Okay, we are in the frozen food aisle!
Junky: Mmm, ice cream!
Healthy: Mmm, frozen peas!
Junky: Nobody says, ‘Mmm, frozen peas. They say, ‘Mmm, ice cream!
Healthy: Mmm, frozen peas!!
Junky: Mmm, ice cream!!
Anna: I am not going to tell you two again! Stop fighting!
Anna: I smell fresh bread! I love the smells of a bakery!
Healthy: Oh, Anna, let’s buy a fresh loaf of whole wheat, organic bread!
Junky: You don’t have to buy bread. Buy some donuts, Anna!
Healthy: You mustn’t buy donuts. They are only fat and sugar.
Junky: Exactly! You know, you are really no fun at all.
Healthy: And you must think having high cholesterol is fun.
Junky: Everyone likes donuts! That is why you don’t have friends!
Healthy: And that is why your cholesterol is so high!
Junky: My cholesterol is none of your business!!
Healthy: And I have lots of friends!!
Anna: Stop it! Stop it! Stop it! I am sick and tired of the both of you!!
Anna: I know what you two need!
Junky: Anna! What are you doing?
Healthy: Put me down!
Anna: You two need to cool off!
Anna: I am going to go buy my healthy food and my junk food! Good bye!
Anna: Until next time …

Note: "Healthy" and "Junky" are Anna's thoughts about what she should eat.

Now practice listening to only the audio portion of the conversation.

In this video, learn how to say the new words. Then learn the difference between "mustn't" and "don't have to."

Use this video to practice the pronunciation of "mustn't."
New Words
  • aisle - n. a passage where people walk through a store or market
  • bakery - n. a place where bread, cakes, cookies, and other baked foods are made or sold
  • cart - n. (shopping cart) a metal basket on wheels used to hold groceries while you are shopping
  • cholesterol - n. a substance that is found in the bodies of people and animals, a high percentage raises the risk of coronary heart disease
  • cool off - phrasal verb. to become calm after a period of anger or conflict
  • fat - n. an oily solid or liquid substance in food
  • freeze - v. to become a hard substance (such as ice) because of cold (past participle: frozen)
  • healthy - adj. good for your health or healthful
  • junk food - n. food that is not good for your health because it contains high amounts of fat or sugar
  • kill - v. to cause the death of (a person, animal, or plant)
  • must - modal verb. used to say that something is required or necessary
  • organic - adj. food that is grown or made without the use of artificial chemicals
  • smell - n. the quality of a thing that you can sense with your nose
  • smell - v. to use your nose to sense smells
  • sugar - n. a sweet substance usually in the form of white or brown crystals or white powder that comes from plants and is used to make foods sweeter
  • whole wheat - adj. made from wheat from which no part (such as the bran) has been removed

In this lesson, Anna goes shopping. She thinks about the foods that are good for her and the ones that are not so good. What do you think about when you shop for food? Do you sometimes fight with yourself as Anna does in this lesson? Write a short conversation about the thoughts you have while you are shopping. Write about it in the Facebook Comments section below. Then practice talking about different kinds of foods. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Conversation Lessons

Study all 52 English conversation lessons. Let's Learn English conversation lessons each with a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, video speaking practice, video pronunciation practice, a new words section, and a writing activity. These lessons are for beginners.
Source: Voice of America
Additional Information
Study Tips
(Beginner - Listening)

Avoid Ineffective Study Methods. An audio lesson to help you study English more effectively. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great English study tips.
Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.