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English Highway Podcast

Pronunciation: Long /i/ vs. long /o/ (#0297)


Compare words using the long /i/ and /o/ vowel sounds.

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Welcome. I’m your head coach Andres Moreno. My goal today is to help
you improve your listening comprehension and your speaking skills by
working on a key pronunciation tool.
We will be practicing the difference between two very common vowel
sounds. The first sound is the long “i” as in the word “my.” Repeat after
me:

“my”

“my”

The second sound will be the long “o” as in the word “over.” Repeat after
me:

“over”

“over”

Let’s practice with some long “i” words. Repeat after me:

“I”

“right”

“right”

“I was right.”

And again:

“I was right.”

Great job. Here’s another example. Repeat after me:

“ice”

“ice”

“idea”

“idea”

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Way to go. Now let’s practice some long “o” sounds. Listen carefully and
repeat after me:

“dough”

Come on, stretch the sound:

“dough”

“oatmeal”

“oatmeal”

There you go. Great job. Let’s keep at it. Repeat after me:

“go”

“go”

“I need to go.”

“I need to go at 4:00 p.m.”

“I need to go at 4:00 p.m.”

Way to go. Now let’s try contrasting a few word pairs. Repeat after me:

“night”

“note”

Can you hear the difference? Repeat after me:

“night”

“note”

“Last night, I gave you a note.”

And again:

“Last night, I gave you a note.”

Good job. Here’s another word pair. Repeat after me:

“bite”

“boat”

“bite”

“boat”

“The shark took a bite out of the boat.”

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“bite”

“boat”

“The shark took a bite out of the boat.”

Good job. Here’s another word pair. Repeat after me:

“write”

“wrote”

“write”

“wrote”

“I wrote you a letter yesterday.”

“I wrote you a letter yesterday.”

“I will write you a letter tomorrow.”

“I will write you a letter tomorrow.”

Fantastic. You’re really doing great, but let’s keep at it. Here’s another
example. Repeat after me:

“side”

“sold”

“side”

“sold”

“We sold that side of the building.”

“We sold that side of the building.”

That’s it. You got it. We have a couple of more examples and then we’re
done so give it your best. Listen and repeat after me:

“tile”

“toll”

“tile”

“toll”

“Let’s take the toll road.”

“Let’s take the toll road.”

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“There is tile on the floor.”

“There is tile on the floor.”

Great job. Here’s the last word of the day. Repeat after me:

“fly”

“flow”

Can you hear the difference?

“fly”

“flow”

“I like to fly to New York.”

“I like to fly to New York.”

“There is a constant flow of people.”

“There is a constant flow of people.”


Congratulations. That’s the end of this audio lesson. Your English is
improving tremendously. Thank you for your time and effort. It’s a
pleasure to coach people who work as hard as you do to achieve their
goals. Until next time and remember, practice makes perfect!
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Accelerate your English today. See you soon.

Additional practice: Long “i” versus long “o” vowel sounds

Words:
my
over
I
right
ice
idea
dough
oatmeal
go

Word pairs:
night - note
bite - boat
write - wrote
side - sold
tile - toll
fly - flow

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Sentences::
“I was right.”
“I need to go.”
“I need to go at 4:00 p.m.”
“Last night, I gave you a note.”
“The shark took a bite out of the boat.”
“I wrote you a letter yesterday.”
“I will write you a letter tomorrow.”
“We sold that side of the building.”
“Let’s take the toll road.”
“There is tile on the floor.”
“I like to fly to New York.”
“There is a constant flow of people.”

An original Open English production in association with Cl@se.


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