Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to study pronunciation lesson
Your road to perfect pronunciation begins today. You are going to
learn to pronounce the sound
ee as in the words heel,
seat. Remember "practice makes perfect" if
you want to improve your English speaking ability.
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Pronounce the sound
ee as in the following words heel,
seat. Watch the
following pronunciation videos and learn to pronounce this
American English Pronunciation Lesson 1
Note: the red
letters all have the same sound
Voiced and Unvoiced
This is a VOICED sound which means Your Vocal Cords DO
vibrate when making this sound.
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
Now make the sound of this lesson. Can you listen to your vocal cords vibrating?
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
Now make the sound of this lesson. Can you feel your vocal
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,
The following descriptions explain the proper mouth, lips,
and tongue position when you make this sound.
Your mouth should be slightly tense.
Your lips should be unrounded and in the same position as when you
The front part of your tongue should be in the center part of your
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.
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.
2. ch_ _p
3. qu_ _n
4. rec_ _ve
5. p_ _ple
6. k_ _
8. f_ _ld
10. tr_ _
Note: the letter or letters needed to complete each
word all have the same sound.
YOUR Teacher:Almost 2
Hey I wanted to tell all of you nice work. For almost 2
weeks now you have been studying English in the Fun Easy
English classroom. Hopefully you are enjoying these
lessons and learning a lot.
The following classroom lessons are great for students
who want additional conversation, listening, and reading
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.
12 - Meet My Family
Conversation, Listening, Reading)
In this lesson Anna is feeling homesick. Marsha helps
her by listening to her talk about her family.
Watch the video and then do the activities on this page.
Anna: Hello! Washington, D.C. has many beautiful parks. In fact, this park
reminds me of my home very far away.
Marsha: Anna, here's your coffee.
Anna: Thanks, Marsha.
Marsha: What's wrong?
Anna: I'm thinking about my family. I'm feeling homesick.
Marsha: Do you want to talk about it?
Anna: Sure! I have some photos.
Marsha: Yes. Yes, you do!
Anna: Photos really help.
Anna: This is my mother and this is my father. They are rodeo clowns.
Marsha: What do rodeo clowns do?
Anna: They make jokes at a rodeo. They make people laugh.
Marsha: That-That';s very different.
Marsha: Who is that woman in the picture?
Anna: That is my Aunt Lavender. She is my mom's sister. She loves gardening and
Marsha: She makes spoons?
Anna: Of course.
Marsha: That, too, is very different.
Anna: Oh! This is my Uncle John. He is my father's brother.
Marsha: What does Uncle John do?
Anna: He's a chicken farmer. And makes guitars. He's awesome, and I'm his
Marsha: Who are they?
Anna: They are my cousins. They are my Uncle John's daughter and son.
Marsha: What do they do?
Anna: They raise sheep and make sweaters.
Marsha: Yeah, that's not a surprise.
Marsha: Thanks for showing me your family photos. Your family is very different.
Anna: I do feel better. Thanks for listening. I have many more photos!
Marsha: Yeah. Yeah, you do.
Anna: Washington, DC is my new home. But I like remembering my old home, too.
Anna's Family Tree
This is a family tree. Anna tells Marsha about her parents.
Her mother and father are rodeo clowns.
Her father's parents are from Italy. These grandparents speak Italian.
Anna's mother's parents live in California. These grandparents have a farm and
Anna's mother's sister is Aunt Lavender. She loves gardening.
Anna's father has a brother. His name is John. Uncle John makes guitars.
Uncle John has a daughter and a son. They are Anna's cousins. They raise sheep.
Anna's brother has two children. They are Anna's niece and nephew.
Now practice listening to only the audio portion of the conversation.
In this video, learn to say the new words. Learn to ask a friend to talk about a
In this video, you learn about how Americans pronounce the word "aunt" in
different parts of the country.
n. someone who often does funny things to make
adj. not ordinary or common; unusual
v. used to describe or ask about someone's
physical or mental state
v. to work in a garden; to take care of the
plants in a garden
n. a musical instrument that is held against
the front of your body and that has usually six strings which are played
with your fingers or with a pick
adj. sad because you are away from your family
n. something said or done to cause laughter
v. to show that you are happy or that you think
something is funny by smiling and making a sound from your throat
v. to build, create, or produce (something) by
work or effort
n. piece of public land in or near a city that
is kept free of houses and other buildings and can be used for pleasure and
photo (photograph) -
n. a picture made by a camera
v. to keep and take care of (animals or crops)
v. to cause (someone) to remember something
n. an event in which people compete at riding
horses and bulls, catching animals with ropes, etc.
n. an animal with a thick woolly coat that is
often raised for meat or for its wool and skin
n. an eating or cooking tool that has a small
shallow bowl attached to a handle
n. a warm usually knitted piece of clothing for
the upper part of your body
n. the sister of your father or mother or the
wife of your uncle
n. a boy or man who has one or both of the same
parents as you
n. a child of your uncle or aunt
n. a female child
n. a group of people who are related to each
n. a male parent
n. a female parent
n. the son of your brother or sister
n. a daughter of your brother or sister
n. a girl or woman who has one or both of the
same parents as you
n. a male child
n. the brother of your father or mother or the
husband of your aunt
Are you from a big family or a small family? Write about
two people in your family. What do they do? What do they
make? Write about them in the Facebook Comments section
below. Then practice with a friend.
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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.
lessons are for beginners.
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