BLACK and RED Vowel Sound Minimal Pairs: /æ/ and /ɛ/ – American English Pronunciation Practice

BLACK and RED Vowel Sound Minimal Pairs: /æ/ and /ɛ/ – American English Pronunciation Practice

BLACK and RED Vowel Sound Minimal Pairs: /æ/ and /ɛ/ – American English Pronunciation Practice

BLACK and RED Vowel Sound Minimal Pairs: /æ/ and /ɛ/ – English Pronunciation Practice – Listen and Repeat

This video will help train your ear to hear the difference between the /æ/ as in BLACK CAT vowel sound and the /ɛ/ as in RED DRESS vowel sound. Listen to each Minimal Pair and repeat the words aloud. (Minimal Pairs are two words that sound the same EXCEPT FOR one sound.)

To make the /æ/ as in BLACK sound, the mouth is open and the lips are NOT rounded. The edges of the mouth pull slightly to the sides making more of a rectangular shape. The tongue is flat on the floor of the mouth.

To make the /ɛ/ as in RED sound, the tongue is relaxed in the mid-high position. The lips are also relaxed and are farther apart than for the /ei/ as in GRAY sound.

For more information on using colors to represent vowel sounds visit: www.colorvowel.com

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