Vowels, Pauses and Rises:

Karen Chung, Associate Professor NTU DFLL
史嘉琳 台大外文系 副教授


My Dame Has a Lame Tame Crane (Word)
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Two trouble spots:
1. Nasals
/m/, /n/ and /ŋ/
2. Vowels:
/æ/, /ɛ/ and /eɪ/
Plus: Practice dictations and IPA

Nasals: 鼻音/m/、/n/ 與 /ŋ/ —— No problen?
Vowels: 台式英語罪魁禍首:/æ/、/ɛ/ 和 /eɪ/
Practice Dictations
IPA symbol handout
i2Spi:k IPA Input
What can happen if you're sloppy about your vowels:

Reading practice with pronunciation correction

That Quail, Robert: Text (Word)
That Quail, Robert: Text (pdf)
That Quail, Robert: MP3  


The Free Dictionary
Cambridge Learners (IPA)
  Dictionary.com (IPA, more)

Further help with Pronunciation

Ten Minutes a Day with the Echo Method
YouEnGlish: Hear examples of words and phrases in context on YouTube
ELSA (English Language Speech Assistant) Pronunciation Coach (app)
How to have Alex read to you on an Apple device
For Android devices: Google Play: Google Text-to-speech
How Text-to-speech (TTS) works in Windows 10

Useful links

OneLook Dictionary Search
OneLook Thesaurus and Reverse Dictionary
(click "Show filters")
Audacity Recording Software  
Google Images  
Baby names  
VoiceTube: 看影片學英語  
Librivox: Free audio books  

Transcription practice

Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase: Yellow Horses  Homepage
Criminal Podcast: Just Mercy (excerpt)  Homepage
The Grape, from WNYC  WNYC Homepage
Drama as Rehabilitation in Prison  

Radiotopia Podcasts: Lots of high-quality podcasts!

Breaking News English – Dictation Practice (British English)

After the Workshop

Karen on Ivy League Analytical English
English questions answered!
Karen's Email Updates List
New articles!
Karen Chung's CET articles on
English pronunciation and grammar
Mini-conversations, with Echo Practice Files
NTU Open Course Ware:
Introduction to Phonetics by Karen Chung

Karen's homepage:
For Karen Chung's Courses and More


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