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A guide to pronouncing phonemes

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Articulation of Phonemes

A useful video clip showing the correct 'pure' pronunciation of phonemes (units of sound).

Cued Articulation, Jane Passy - summary of all sounds and handsigns

The hand signs were used in nursery. They might help with remembering the sounds and with their correct articulation as they refer to the manner(plosives, fricatives, etc.) and place of articulation (e.g. bilabial, glottal sounds) of each sound.

Nursery phonics song

We used this song in nursery, however, because the sounds are in alphabetical order, we did not play the whole song but just used the phrases from the song when introducing a new sound. We made up a story to go with each sound using a selection of objects beginning with each sound, for instance: teapot, table, .... and say: Once there was a tiger who climbed the table and drank all the tea in the teapot... until we arrive at a phrase from the phonics song: "tiger on tiptoes" We focus on letter SOUNDS and not NAMES, e.g. we say /sssss/ and not /es/ or /ah.../as if at the doctors and not /ei/. Sound sequence: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss. We sang 'Ian' not "Indian" for 'i'.

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