Linguistics

English Pronunciation Video 3 – The Vowels

Vowel height, rounding, backness, and an overview of the English vowels

Note: This is an older blog post containing information about using our legacy products (pronunciation trainers) in the Anki software to learn pronunciation.

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This is the last of the English IPA series. I cover the 3 characteristics of vowels: rounding, vowel height, and backness, plus some of the basics of changing them to eventually match your target language.

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If you want a hand memorizing this, either make your own deck using Anki (you can use my demo deck as a template) or get my English Pronunciation Anki Deck. Enjoy!

If you want translated subtitles, click the Caption button in the video, click Translate Captions, and select your language. You can also read the video transcript here.

Once you’ve seen the vowel video, you can use these charts to compare your target language’s vowels to your own vowels.

I’d highly recommend watching my French Sounds video (for learners of any language). French is such a vowel-rich language, and it will show you how to develop new vowel sounds out of the more familiar sounds of English.

Remember that you can now download the Fluent Forever app to speed up your pronunciation progress in any language!

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