Fun Easy English Classroom March 19


American English
lesson 9
American English Pronunciation Lesson 9

Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to learn to pronounce the sound o as in the words book, could, full, woman. Remember "practice makes perfect" if you want to improve your English speaking ability.
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Pronunciation: American English Lesson 9

Pronounce the sound o as in the words book, could, full, woman. Watch the following pronunciation videos and learn to pronounce this sound correctly.
Video: American English Pronunciation Lesson 9
o wolf, woman
oo book, brook, cook, good, look, soot, stood, took, wood
ou could, should, would
u bullet, full, pudding, pull, sugar
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 rounded and in the same position as when you kiss someone.

The back 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.
wolf book could full
woman cook should pull
good would sugar look
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.  b_ _k
2.  c_ _ld
3.  f_ll
4.  w_man
5.  c_ _k
6.  sh_ _ld
7.  p_ll
8.  g_ _d
9.  w_ _ld
10.  s_gar
Note: the letter or letters needed to complete each word all have the same sound.
From YOUR Teacher: Another Kissing Sound

Yup use this lesson as an excuse to go out and kiss someone. Before they slap you in the face, simply explain that you were practicing the Fun Easy English Pronunciation Lesson 9. lol.
Additional Lessons
About These Lessons

The following classroom lessons are great for students who want additional conversation, listening, and reading practice.
  • Conversation Lesson - Intermediate Level. Let's Learn English conversation lesson with a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, and a new words section.
Conversation Lesson 26 - Look-alikes
(Intermediate - Conversation, Listening, Reading)

In this lesson Anna learns that someone at work looks a lot like her. But, who is this person? And what happens when they finally meet?
Lesson Video

Watch the video and then read the video script.
Video Script

ANNA: This article is so interesting. Pete, listen to this: “Somewhere in the world there is someone who looks just like you.”
PETE: No one is this handsome.
ANNA: Oh Pete, there's something between your teeth.
(Pete tries to clean his teeth.)
PETE: It is gone?
ANNA: No. No. It’s still there. There. You got it. But think of it: There could be two of us in the world!
PETE: Two Annas?
PROF. BOT: Two Annas? Today, we’re reviewing ways to describe and compare people. Keep watching for descriptions of people!
PETE: Actually, Anna, maybe your silly article is right. Yesterday at work, I met a woman who looks just like you.
ANNA: Really? Wait, are you making fun of me?
PETE: Not this time.
PETE: She’s tall and has curly hair. But even her face looks like yours. I think she’s a career consultant.
ANNA: I bet she has a lot of great advice. I can’t wait to meet her.
PETE: Yes, you can. I met her and she is very difficult.
ANNA: Pete, she’s just new. We have to give her a chance. What’s her name?
PETE: Evelyna or something like that. You can’t miss her. She always wears a hat.
PENELOPE: So, Anna, have you met the new consultant yet?
ANNA: No. But I’ve already heard. We look alike, don’t we?
PENELOPE: Yeah, but you don’t act alike. You’re much nicer than she is.
ANNA: Maybe she gets nervous at new jobs. Or maybe she's shy. Let’s not judge, Penelope.
PENELOPE: She’s not nervous or shy. She’s mean.
ANNA: You know, we should get to know her better. Let’s invite her to lunch!
PENELOPE: Sorry but I’m busy that day.
(Penelope walks away. Anna yells after her.)
ANNA: Oh, that’s too bad. Hey, I haven’t picked a day yet!
PROF. BOT: So, did you find anything? Here are a few things I found: Anna uses the words “look alike” to talk about the new consultant. She says, “We look alike, don’t we?”
PROF. BOT: Penelope uses “than” and the comparative adjective “nicer” to compare Anna with the new consultant. She says, “You’re much nicer than she is.” Keep watching for more!
(Anna and Pete are playing a game.)
ANNA: This is going to be so much fun. Boy, I can't wait to play this game.
EVILANA: How much longer are you going to be?
ANNA: We’ll be just a minute …
(Anna turns around and sees her look-alike.)

ANNA: You must be Evelana. I’m Anna. We are look-alikes!
EVILANA: No, we’re not. And my name is pronounced “Evil-ana.”
PETE: Oh. This is going to be fun.
EVILANA: You had better hurry up. I need this room for a lecture. It’s called: "If You Want to Win, Others Must Lose." What is all this stuff, anyway?
ANNA: It’s a game. We’re going to play at lunch.
EVILANA: It’s a stupid child's game!
ANNA: It's a fun game. But yes, it is for children.
EVILANA: Well, you may be childish but I’m not. And you look stupid with that thing on your head.
ANNA: Well, you look serious with that look on your face. Come on, Pete. Let’s play somewhere else.
PETE: Actually, I’m going to stay for Evilana’s lecture.
ANNA: Fine. You can learn new ways to beat people.
EVILANA: He will. He will.
(Days later, Anna and Penelope are playing the game. Pete comes in. He has a problem with his eye.)
ANNA: Okay. Am I a food?
PETE: Hey, do you guys have room for one more?
PENELOPE: Sure, Pete! Come on over. What happened to your eye?
PETE: Evilana “accidentally” hit me. And she didn’t even say sorry. She’s so mean!
PENELOPE: I told you so.
ANNA: Here, Pete. Put on this headband. You’ll feel better. Penelope, you’re right. Evilana is an awful person!

PENELOPE: And violent. And now we have to work with her!
ANNA: Haven’t you heard? She’s gone! She was given another assignment.
PENELOPE: What assignment?
ANNA: I’m not sure. I think it has something to do with outdoors. Anyway, let’s play! Pete it’s your turn.

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

How well do you know the grammar from Level 2? Test yourself!

In today's lesson, you saw examples of grammar from other lessons. Look for sentences in Lesson 26 that have:

passive voice
had better
would rather
tag questions
say, tell, speak or talk

Writing Practice

Today, you learned some new language for describing people.

We also reviewed comparative adjectives and sentences using the word than. For example, Penelope says, "You're much nicer than she is."

For more on comparatives, watch Lesson 5: Greatest Vacation.

Now, you try it!

Think of a person in your family, a friend or someone else. Then, describe the person. What do they look like? What do they act like?

Next, write a few sentences comparing yourself to that person with comparative adjectives and than. For example, "I'm taller than my friend."

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New Words
  • alikeadj. similar in appearance, nature or form
  • articlen. a piece of writing about a particular subject that is included in a magazine, newspaper, or on a website
  • beatv. to defeat
  • betv. to think that something will probably or certainly happen​
  • comparev. to look at two or more things in order to see what is similar or different about them
  • describev. to say what something or someone is like
  • difficultadj. stubborn or unreasonable
  • handsomeadj. pleasing to look at
  • headbandn. a band of cloth or some other material worn on or around your head
  • judgev. to form an opinion about
  • lecturen. a talk or speech given to a group of people to teach them about a particular subject
  • look-aliken. someone or something that looks like another person or thing (also written: lookalike)
  • losev. to fail to keep or hold something wanted or valued
  • making fun – tease, laugh at, or joke about someone in a mocking or unkind way
  • meanadj. not kind to people; cruel or harsh
  • missv. to fail to see or notice
  • pronounce – v.​ to make the sound of a word or letter with your voice​
  • shyadj. feeling nervous and uncomfortable about meeting and talking to people
  • tooth –​ n. one of the hard white objects inside the mouth that are used for biting and chewing​ (plural: teeth)
  • turnn. an opportunity or responsibility to do or use something before or after other people
  • violentadj. using or involving the use of physical force to cause harm or damage to someone or something
Conversation Lessons

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Source: Voice of America
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