Ordinal numbers (e.g. first, third, fortieth) can present problems when mispronounced. They are often similar pronunciation to numerals (e.g. seventeen/seventeenth, four/fourth) but they have a consonant cluster at the end. Error patterns on consonant clusters (devoicing, omission) will result in a potential misunderstanding of the number. In addition, the final th /θ/ on many ordinal numbers can be difficult to say correctly. Use the written words, IPA symbols and recordings below to practice correct final consonant clusters on ordinal numbers.
Ordinal numbers 1st-10th
More Ordinal numbers with th /θ/
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One of the most common error sounds in American English is the Vowel I, or short i vowel. This is frequently mispronounced as the long e vowel, or Vowel ee. For example, the word it is mispronounced as eat. Is sounds more like ease, ship like sheep, etc. First learn how to make Vowel I and Vowel ee. Then try the recordings below to work on your new sound, Vowel I.
How to Make Vowel I and Vowel EE
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