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Pre Fortis Clipping In British English – Vowels Made EASY

In this week’s video, I will show you how Pre Fortis Clipping affects vowel length in British English, and how you can use it to pronounce English vowel sounds clearly.

You’re going to learn how to implement pre-fortis clipping into your English speech, which will enable you to improve your English pronunciation skills and your English listening abilities!

Pre-fortis clipping is the effect that causes vowel length to get squashed in English speech.

How does this happen?

A voiceless consonant, such as ‘K’ or ‘T,’ squeezes a vowel and makes it shorter.

This happens because the tongue pauses airflow while we’re forming these voiceless consonant sounds. 

Try it for yourself by saying ‘seed’ and then ‘seat.’

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Do This to learn /æ/ vs /ʌ/

In this video, I will show you how to correctly pronounce the two vowel sounds /æ/ and /ʌ/. 

They are both short English vowel sounds that are made with your mouth nearly completely open. The /æ/ sound is made at the front of your mouth and the /ʌ/ sound is made at the back.  

It is often very easy to get the sounds mixed up as there are many words in English that are the same apart from the one sound e.g ‘ban’ and ‘bun’.

In this video, I will show you how your mouth makes the sounds, and I then give you exercises to practice making the differences between both sounds.

Practice going like this, making both sounds one after the other: /æ/ /ʌ/  /æ/ /ʌ/  /æ/ /ʌ/  /æ/ /ʌ/  /æ/ /ʌ/  /æ/ /ʌ/  /æ/ /ʌ/

This will teach you to recognize the /æ/ sound in English speaking and English listening, and the /ʌ/ sound in English speaking and English listening