Advanced Levels Descriptions

Advance lesson; A consonant or Two consonant after vowel

Advanced level 1- Learning how to produce proper sound of vowel ‘A’ and ‘E’

You will learn...

- The consonant after a vowel sounds as if it’s connected to the vowel; rather than separate.
It is important that you understand that the letters ‘A’, ‘E’, ‘I’ create different sounds. For example, if you voluntarily move your mouth, the sound of ‘A’ in ‘Able’ will be separated into 2 syllables. However, if you utilize the breathing technique, the sound of ‘A’ will become 1 syllable. Without the proper breathing technique, voluntarily opening and closing your mouth will cause an accent. For example, foreigners tend to voluntarily open their mouth and close to pronounce the word ‘AM’. They initially open their mouth to create the ‘A’ sound and then close their mouth to pronounce the ‘M’ sound. This will cause the word ‘AM’ to have two syllables rather than one. With proper breathing technique you will gain the ability to properly pronounce one consonant after vowel ‘A’ and ‘E’. You will be able to speak the word ‘AM’ with one syllable which will automatically produce the natural rhythm. Also, without the proper breathing technique, by voluntarily opening and closing your mouth to produce the sounds the result will be broken English. For example, if you pronounced the word, ‘ART’ by voluntarily moving your mouth, you would start by opening your mouth to pronounce the ‘A’ sound, then roll your tongue back to pronounce the ‘R’ sound, then finally touch your tongue to the top of your mouth for the ‘T’ sound. This is the wrong way of speaking English and it will result in strong accent. However, with the proper breathing technique, you will be able to properly pronounce two consonants after vowel ‘A’. You will speak the word ‘ART’ with one syllable, which will automatically produce the natural rhythm.

Advanced level 2 – How to properly produce the sound of vowel “I” “O” “U”

You will learn...

-To pronounce the sound of vowels ‘I’, ‘O’, ‘U’.
With the proper breathing technique, even just one letter produces a natural rhythm. However, if you try to pronounce these letters by simply opening your mouth without the proper breathing sequence, you will be speaking with one continuous pitch without rhythm. For example,“eeeeee~”.

-To pronounce one consonant after vowel ‘I’, ‘O’, ‘U’.
When you speak the word "ugly" without the proper breathing technique, you will start by opening your mouth for the ‘U’ sound then half way close your mouth for the ‘G’ sound; resulting in two syllables in the beginning of the word. The problem lies with the mouth being opened during the starting position. However, with the proper breathing technique, you will start the word using the exhale and produce ‘UG’ sound together in one syllable.

Advance level 3 – How to pronounce one vowel after another

You will learn...

-To pronounce words with one vowel after another such as ‘MEET’, ‘EAT’, ‘PAIN’, and ‘BOAT’.
With the proper breathing technique, you will start the sound production with the exhale, allowing the rhythm to naturally flow as you speak the word. However, without the breathing technique and by simply opening and closing your mouth, ‘ME’ sound will be produced with slightly opened mouth and then your tongue will touch the roof of your mouth for the ‘T’ sound; resulting in 2 separate continuous pitches without rhythm. In addition, this type of speaking will not be able to distinguish the two separate words, ‘MEET’ and ‘MEAT’. English natives pronounce the two words in two distinguishable sounds.

Advanced level 4 - two consonants after vowel “Old” “End” “Arm”

You will learn…..
How to pronounce words with correct number of syllables they require.
Without the proper breathing technique, many foreigners speak English words with different amount of syllables the language requires. This produces broken English and prevents rhythm in the words. If you voluntarily open and close your mouth, you would pronounce “O” “L” “D” separately. But if you speak with the proper breathing technique, the word will be pronounced together. Once you are able to pronounce the correct “Old”, you will gain the ability to pronounce “Bold “Cold” “Hold” “Told” “Fold “Gold” “Sold”… Start to think in English with these words.
You will learn to understand how to pronounce the word ‘End’ with one exhale (one syllable). Foreigners tend to have a tough time speaking the word ‘End’ with rhythm because once they start to voluntarily move their mouth they have to make 3 different sounds (3 syllables).

Advanced level 5 - Two consonants after vowel “Own” “Awn” Owl” Awl”

You will learn…..
How to pronounce words with correct number of syllables they require.
With the proper breathing technique, you will learn how to pronounce English words with rhythm. By voluntarily opening and closing your mouth, you would pronounce the word, ‘Own’ with two syllables. To pronounce the ‘O’ sound, you would’ve had to open your mouth. Then, you would’ve had to close your mouth to pronounce the ‘wn’ sound to finish the word. With proper exercises, you will be able to pronounce the word ‘Own’ with one exhale; start thinking in English with words such as, ‘Down’, ‘Crown’, ‘Town’, etc.