Your mouth should change shape as you say this sound.
Your mouth should change shape
Eight o'clock is too late
The lady gave me the plate on friday
Open your mouth wide enough to put three fingers in it vertically.
Your mouth doesn't change shape
My car is a very fast car
Stay calm, don’t argue
You will see from the exercises above that the spelling of the word doesn't matter - it is the sound that is important. The 'ay' sound in 'eight' is the same as in 'date' even though one is 'ei' and the other 'a'. LIkewise, the 'oh' sound can be 'ou' or 'oa' or just 'o'. My video course covers this in more detail.
Consonant sounds are made when 2 organs of speech touch and the main organs of speech are:
Sound all the consonant sounds in each word, especially the 't' and 'd' sounds at the ends of the words and in the middle of words
Just wait and see, the coat and hat might fit you
The little girl was absolutely certain that the chocolate was hers
The important th sound
Tongue and teeth for the 'th' sound
Your tongue must be outside of your mouth before you start the 'th'sound
This sound can be at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of a word
The 'l' should be heard - only very quietly - in words like child, smile, adult etc. you must make sure that when you say 'mile' your tongue touches the roof of your mouth for the 'l' sound
The child smiles at the adult
Salt is bad for your health
Fun tongue twisters
She sells sea shells on the sea shore
Whether the weather be hot or whether the weather be cold
Peter Piper picked a piece of pickled pepper
Red leather yellow leather
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39 sounds plus other oddities of spoken English
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Above is a list of vocal exercises but a much more comprehensive list of vocal exercises (elocution exercises) can be found on my best selling online course. All of these elocution vocal exercises must be said out loud. Repeat each one at least twice a day for speech improvement.
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