RED and GRAY Vowel Sound Minimal Pairs: /ɛ/ and /eɪ/ American English Pronunciation Practice
RED and GRAY Vowel Sound Minimal Pairs: /ɛ/ and /eɪ/ – American English Pronunciation Practice – Listen and Repeat
This video will help train your ear to hear the difference between the vowel sound the /ɛ/ as in RED DRESS vowel sound and the /eɪ/ as in GRAY DAY vowel sound. Listen to each Minimal Pair and repeat the words aloud. (Minimal Pairs are words that sound exactly the same EXCEPT FOR one sound).
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.
The GRAY vowel sound is a dipthong — or moving- sound — made up of two different target mouth positions and sounds. When making the GRAY vowel sound the lips are relaxed, not rounded, and the mouth is slightly open. The tongue moves from a mid-high to high position as the jaw moves up. Dipthongs are also thought of as “gliding vowels.”
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