Unit 1. A. Sounds: vowels.




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Методические указания по развитию навыков произношения для студентов факультета экономики и управления. Уровень Pre-intermediate/сост.: А. М. Митина, А. А. Курылев, А. В. Карасик, О. В. Чижикова; Волгоград. гос. техн. ун-т. – Волгоград, 2006. – 16 с.

Представлен комплекс упражнений для коррекции английского произношения. В него включены упражнения на тренировку звуков, прослушивание и имитацию фрагментов английской речи диалогической и монологической формы.

Рекомендуются для студентов факультета экономики и управления с целью улучшения их произносительных навыков.

Рецензент: Е. А. Артемова

Печатается по решению редакционно-издательского совета

Волгоградского государственного технического университета.

© Волгоградский государственный технический университет, 2006.

Составители: Анна Мееровна Митина

Анатолий Анатольевич Курылев

Андрей Владимирович Карасик

Олеся Владимировна Чижикова

Методические указания по развитию навыков произношения для студентов факультета экономики и управления. Уровень Pre-intermediate

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Practice aloud:

/i – i:/

bit – beat tick – teak sin – seen I eat eel while you peel eel.

sit – seat pick – peak ship – sheep I often sit and fish, and fish and sit,

rid – read pill – peal slipper – sleeper and fish and think, and sit and fish

and think and wish that I could get a cool drink.

There was a young man of Dundee,
Who thought he would like it at sea,
So he joined the Navy,
But the sea was too wavy,
Said he, “I’m seasick, it’s no life for me.”

/e - æ/

fed – fad guess – gas slept – slapped Can you can a can as a canner can

can a can?

led – lad set – sat bet – bat A black cat sat on a mat and ate a fat rat.

men – man bed – bad met – mat Seventy seven benevolent elephants.

/e - ei/

men – main test – taste met – mate I know a boy named Tate

led – laid red – raid pest – paste who dined with his girl at eight eight.

let – late wet – wait wreck – rake I’m unable to state what Tate ate at

eight eight or what Tate’s tête à tête ate at eight eight.

/V – α:/

buck – bark puck – park bun – barn If you’re keen on stunning kites

luck – lark bud – bard cuff – calf and cunning stunts,

cut – cart come – calm hut – heart buy a cunning stunning stunt kite.

Spark plug car park. Come, come,
Stay calm, stay calm,
No need for alarm,
It only hums,
It doesn’t harm.

/O - O:/

don – dawn shot – short cot – caught A proper copper coffee pot.

cod – cord cock – cork sod – sword

spot – sport swan – sworn rot – wrought

A boy on a journey to York
Thought he’d try to get there on a cork,
But he found there’s no throttle
Inside a glass bottle,
So the stupid young lad had to walk.

/V- O /

cut – cot gut – got shut – shot

bug – bog rut – rot muck – mock

luck – lock done – don utter – otter

/O: - Oi/

bore – boy all – oil fall – foil What noise annoys an oyster most?

tore – toy tall – toil ball – boil A noisy noise annoys an oyster most.

jaw – joy call – coil corn – coin Awful old Ollie oils oily autos.

/O: - ə:/

four – fur short – shirt board – bird There was a young person of Smyrna

torn – turn form – firm sore – sir Whose Grandmother threatened to burn her.

born – burn cord – curd walk – work But she seized on the Cat

and said, “Granny, burn that!”

Urgent detergent!You incongruous Old Woman of Smyrna.

/e - ə:/

head – heard bet – Bert hell – hurl

bed – bird lent – learnt beggar – burgher

best – burst gem – germ Ben - burn

/u – u:/

full – fool pull – pool hook – hoot If Stu chews shoes,

hood – food brook – brute crook – crude should Stu choose the shoes he chews?

book – boot push – pooh put – mood

A Tudor who tooted the flute tried to tutor two tooters to toot.
Said the two to the tutor, ““Is it harder to toot or to tutor two tooters to toot?””

/i: - iə/

tea – tear she - shear reel – real Willy’s real rear wheel.

bee – beer bead – beard clean – clear Near an ear, a nearer ear, a nearly eerie ear.

fee – fear piece – pierce weed – weird Willie’s really weary.

/e - Eə/, /æ - Eə/, /ei - Eə /

very – vary ate – aired bad – bared day - dare

dead – dared flat – flared stand – stared they - there

shed – shared dad – dared glad – glared may – mare

ray – rare Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair.

pay – pair Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy, was he?

K – care

There was an Old Man whose despair
Induced him to purchase a hare:
Whereon one fine day,
He rode wholly away,
Which partly assuaged his despair.

/V - ai/, /a: - ai/

but – bite hut – height lark – like tar – tie

cut – kite luck – like charm – chime mar – my

rut – rite muck – mike park – pike bar – by

I see Isis’s icy eyes.

There was an Old Person of Minety
Who purchased five hundred and ninety
Large apples and pears,
Which he threw unawares,
At the heads of the people of Minety.

/O: - ou/, /O - ou/, /V - ou/

nor – no bought – boat cock – coke but – boat

torn – tone floor – flow got – goat cut – coat

caught – coat raw – row rot – wrote funny – phony

No nose knows like a gnome’s nose knows.

There was an old person of Bow,
Whom nobody happened to know;
So they gave him some soap, and said coldly, ‘We hope
You will go back directly to Bow!’

/V - au/, /a: - au/, /ou – au/

but – bout shut – shout car – cow darn – down

rut – rout skull – scowl bar – bow art – out

done – down bud – bowed parch – pouch lard – loud

no – now How many counts would a recount count

tone – town if a recount could count counts?

known – noun A recount would count all the counts that count,

but the recount may not count.

There was an Old Person of Down,
Whose face was endowed with a frown;
When he opened the door,
For one hour or more,
He astounded the people of Down.

/u: - uə/

to – tour few – fewer tourist furious

pooh – poor cue – cure gourmet endure

moo – moor due – during curious mature

A purely rural duel truly plural is better than a purely plural duel truly rural.

/auə/, /aiə/

tower – sour – power sire – fire – mire

hour – coward – Howard choir – tyre – buyer


/p – t – k/

pea – tea – key sloppy – gritty – sticky

pore – tore core happy – city – lucky

port – talk – caught map – sit – silk

pot – top – cap sap – sat – suck

The cat catchers can’t catch caught cats.

Tommy Tucker tried to tie Tammy’s Turtles tie.

/p – b/ /t – d/ /k – g/

pay – bay lap – lab tear – dear bet – bed curt – girl lock – log

pack – back loop – lube tie – die let – led cave – gave doc – dog

pair – bear cup – cub ton – done hat – had card – guard back – bag

Betty beat a bit of butter to make a better batter.

Peter Piper picked a pack of pickled pepper,
a pack of pickled pepper Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a pack of pickled pepper,
where’s the pack of pickled pepper Peter Piper picked?

Ten tame tadpoles tucked tightly together in a thin tall tin.

When a doctor gets sick and another doctor doctors him, does the doctor doing the doctoring have to doctor the doctor the way the doctor being doctored wants to be doctored, or does the doctor doing the doctoring of the doctor doctor the doctor as he wants to do the doctoring?

/m – n - l/ /l/

mere – near – Lear leak slim less – sell lock – call

mine – nine – line lean flick let – tell leave – veal

mice – nice – lice live click lit – till lip – pill

/ŋ/ /ŋg/

sing – singing cling – clinging English stronger

long – longing ding – dinging language angle

ring – ringing sing – singing singular strangle

/n - ŋ/ /n – ŋ – ŋk /

fan – fang sin – sing sin – sing – sink

ton – tongue gone – gong thin – thing – think

win – wing son – sung win – wing – wink

/pl – bl/ /kl – gl/ /tl – dl/

place – blaze table staple class – glass little – riddle

plea – bliss lable maple Clair – glare cattle – ladle

pluck – block cobble lapel clean – glean mettle – peddle

/tn – tm/ /dn – dm/

button utmost not now sadness – sadden headmaster

threaten liftman don’t know gladness – gladden goldmine

lighten bottom not mine madness – madden bad man

hurt myself

/pn/pm/ /bn/bm/ /kn - km/

happen ribbon nickname sick man

open subnormal picnic take mine

I hope not. sob noisily taken

top men sub man broken

Help me.

Am I and Amy aiming anemic anemonies on my many enemies?

Mary Mac’s mother’s making Mary Mac marry me.
My mother’s making me marry Mary Mac.
Will I always be so Merry when Mary’s taking care of me?
Will I always be so merry when I marry Mary Mac?

Tiny orangutan tongues! A dozen dim ding-dongs. Paul, please pause for proper applause.

/r/ /r – l/

row very rip – lip wrist – list

rich sorry wrap – lap wrong – long

rest current right – light reek – leek

/pr – br/ /tr – dr/ /kr – gr/

praise – brace try – dry cruel - gruel

prim – brim track – drag creek - Greek

pro – broke truck – drug crow – grow

Truly rural. Two tried and true tridents

The great Greek grape growers grow great Greek grapes.

/f – v/ /w - v/

feel – veal leaf – leaves if – eve wet – vet worse – verse

fast – vast shelf – shelves off – of west – vest wine – vine

few – view self – selves half – halve wheel – veal while – vile

loaf – loaves proof – prove

very well /kw, tw, dw/

winter vacation

worse verse question win – twin twenty - dwindle

quick wit – twit twelve - dwell

quarter whirl – twirl twain – dwarf


quality wire – choir

win – queen

wheeze - quiz

/s – z/ /θ/ /ð/

seal – zeal cease – seas thin path they bathe

sip – zip lice – lies thick moth that soothe

sap – zap kiss – keys theme tooth this smooth

/θ – ð/

bath – bathe thick and thin father and mother

breath – breathe thirty-three smooth feathers

mouth (n) – mouth (v) a healthy athlete get them together

/s - θ/ /f – θ/

sum – thumb sick – thick fin – thin deaf – death

saw – thaw sin – thin fawn – thorn puff – path

sort – thought seem – theme fought – thought kiss – kith

/z - ð/ /zð/

zone – those whiz – with Is this the other one? was that

zeal – these breeze – breathe Is that the one? raise them

sip – this seize – seethe This is the one.

/zθ/ /sθ/ /sð/ /θs/

these thieves sixth takes this depths

those thoughts this thermometer it’s that lengths

his theme place thoroughly What’s the matter? months

/ðz/ /fð, fθ/ /θr/

truths if those three through

wreaths enough though thread throw

writhes fifth thrill thrust


I can think of thin things, six thin things, can you ?
Yes, I can think of six thin things, and of six thick things too.

Six thick thistle sticks.

Theopholus Thistle, the successful thistle sifter, successfully sifted some thistles.

Three free throws. Thelma sings the theme song.

This is a zither. Is this a zither? Vincent vowed vengeance very vehemently.

Which wristwatch is a Swiss wristwatch?

Whether the weather be fine
Or whether the weather be not;
Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot;
We’ll weather the weather
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not.

Nothing is worth thousands of deaths.Fresh fried fish, fish fresh fried, fried fish fresh, fish fried fresh.


shoe – shell – sharp measure usual prestige

dish – cash – rush pleasure casual garage

pressure – social – nation treasure regime rouge

/tò - dз/

chin – gin riches – ridges etch – edge a rich cheese

cheer – jeer catching – cadging rich – ridge a Dutch champion

cheep – jeep fetching - edging batch – badge a watch-chain

chill – gill batches – badges catch – cadge

a huge joke, a large jug, a juicy orange


is – his behind How horrible!

ear – hear behave a happy home

it – hit inhale headed for the high hills

eight – hate inhibit

Helen is arty. – Ellen is hearty.

Helen eats up the pie. – Ellen heats up the pie.

Helen looks after her hair. – Ellen looks after her heir.


you new few tune a unique yacht

yoke view humor suit a European university

yard student cue pupil a yellow suit

We surely shall see the sun shine soon. She saw Sherif’s shoes on the sofa. But was she so sure she saw Sherif's shoes on the sofa? I’ll chew and chew until my jaws drop.Casual clothes are provisional for leisurely trips across Asia. Dr. Johnson and Mr. Johnson, after great consideration, came to the conclusion that the Indian nation beyond the Indian Ocean is back in education because the chief occupation is cultivation.

You know New York. You need New York. You know you need unique New York. National Sheepshire Sheep Association Hattie Henderson hated happy healthy hippos.


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