As I’ve promised, today we touch on the theme of the English alphabet.
The modern English alphabet is consists of the following 26 letters:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
You also can find the songs to learn the list of the letters on youtu.be. It’s fun, it’s free, and you’ll find there your favorite singers performing the alphabet song for you and with you! As for me, I adore the jazz variant.
After you learn the alphabet, (list of the Latin letters) you should come back to this page and continue learning. Yeah, that is awesome: each letter has different kinds of pronunciation!
As everyone knows, we start the alphabet by the letter “A.”
Even in your native language, it can be different in pronunciation, so don’t discredit its possibilities.
In the English language we have some A sounds: /ˈeɪ/, /æ/, /a/, /ɐ/, /ɑː/, /ə/.
To be not so bored or tired with English speaking the language teachers divided these variations in three different sonances that depend on the part of our mouth where we create the sound:
Front /a/ as in “zebra,” “farmer,” “apple,” “barn.”
To make this sound relax your mouth and say a lazy “a” without any effort. You may sound the same at the EENT doctor.
Central /æ/ as in “rat,” “cat,” “adventure,” “bat.”
To pronounce it open your mouth with a broad smile and try to make an “a” letter.
Rear /eɪ/ as in “ate,” “lake,” “fake,” “April.”
To sound correct while pronouncing the /eɪ/ remember the phrase “Hey!”
That’s interesting to read, but now you should try to pronounce the different “a” sounds using the words from the example list and the little rhymes and tongue-twisters!
- Angry Alligators Always Ask for Apples!
- A is for Apples:
One apple for me,
And one for you,
One for him,
And for her, too.
- Ann’s cat is black.
- A black cat sat on a mat
And ate a fat rat.
- Pat’s black cat is in Pats’ black hat.