The American Accent Course:Vowel

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The America Accent Training-------The 50 rules you must know

The Vowel Sound Rules


Rule One : The Neutral and Tense Vowels

RULE :  The tense vowels pronounced with mouth move and tongue            

             The neutral vowels pronounced without any cheek change

The Four Main Neutral Vowel :/I/     /ε/        /ə/&/ʌ/     /v/

The Homologous Tense Vowel:/i/     /æ/        /a/             /u/



Rule Two : The Difference Between /i/ &/I/

The Vowel of /i/ :Usually appeared with “ee” 、“ea”、“ie” and “ei”

The Vowel of /I/:Usually appeared with “i” 、 “y(in mid of word)”

Example:feet & fit ;leave & live ;sleep & slip



Rule Three : The Difference Between  /a/ &/ə/

The Vowel of /a/   :  Usually appeared with  "o"   "a"   , and the /a/ is often longer than general vowel particular when it's a noun or verb.   I.E: sto-p,impo-ssible

The Vowel of /ə/   : Usually appeared with " u"   "ou"  or "o"



Rule Four  : The Difference Between /v/ & /u/

The Vowel of /v/  :  Usually appeared with “oo”  “ould” “u”

The Vowel of /u/ : Usually appeared with  “oo”  “ue”



Rule Five :The Tense Vowel of  /æ/

The pronounce of /æ/ often resemble to Chinese letter group “ai” with tense tone

Usually appeared with letter “a”

The tone  would be prolong when it's  a noun or verb



Rule Six  :The Tense Vowel of  /ɔ/

The pronounce of  /ɔ/  often resemble to Chinese letter “o” with tense tone

Usually appeared with letter group :“al”   “au”  “aw”



Rule Seven :The  Vowel / Phonetic Symbol of /ou/

The pronounce of /ou/ is similar with chinese letter group /ou/ with tense tone

Usually appeared with letter or letter group :“o”  “ow”“oa”



Rule Eight  : The Vowel / Phonetic Symbol of /ər/

The phoneme/ər/  is tense  and /r/  and the tone would been prolong when followed with vowel letter

Usually appeared with letter group consisted with r and other letter  :  “er” “ar”  “ear”  “ir”  “or”  “ur”



Rule Nine : Understanding Stress Vowels

The stress vowels are louder and longer

Which syllable should been stressed ?    key word of sentence  and stress syllable like noun and verb   I.E  i love(st) it



Rule Ten  : Understanding Reduced Vowels

The rules of reduced vowels : 1.reduce unimportant words like prep and conj

2.all reduced vowel usually sound same as  /ə/

3. reduce the vowel of the unstressed syllable

I.E   look at me————look ət me;   talk to you————talk tə you ;   looking for you————looking fə you

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