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Pronunciation exercises: intermediate

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Pronunciation exercises for intermediate students.

Download the worksheet and the MP3 files at the bottom of the page.

 

1. Listen and repeat these words. Do they begin with /ch/ or /sh/? Write each word in the correct column.
 
shirt
checked
shorts
chicken
cheese
chef
 
/sh/
shirt
_______
_______
/ch/
checked
_______
_______
 
2. Listen and repeat these words. Each word ends in the sound /?/.
 
pasta
tuna
pizza
cola
yoga
visa
 
3. Listen and make a note of the words you hear. Then listen and repeat.

 
/l/
blind
light
clouds
fly
/r/
bright
right
crowds
fry
 
4. Listen and repeat these words. Can you hear /s/ or /z/ at the end? Write each word in the correct column.

 
twist
bruise
slice
movies
shoes
mouse
 
/s/
twist
_______
_______
/z/
bruise
_______
_______
 
5. Listen and repeat these words. The stress is at the beginning, but one word is different. Write down the odd one.

 
chemistry

architecture

medicine
education
 

languages

 
 
6. Listen and repeat these words. The stress is in the middle, but one word is different. Write down the odd one.

 
repellent
mosquitoes
medical
binoculars
emergency
 
 
7. Listen and repeat these words. Each word has -ea in the middle but one word sounds different. Write down the odd one.

 
greasy
weak
steak
tea
cheap
read
 
8. Listen and repeat these words. Each word ends in the sound /k/.

 
energetic
artistic
enthusiastic
guidebook
silk
 
 
9. Listen and repeat these words. Is the stress at the beginning or in the middle? Write each word in the correct column.

 
sympathetic
sociable
genuine
argumentative
uncaring
generous
 
sympathetic
_______
_______
sociable
_______
_______
 
10. Listen and repeat these words. Do they end in /d/ or /t/? Write each word in the correct column.

 
confused
embarrassed
even-tempered
striped
checked
organized
 
/d/
confused
_______
_______
/t/
embarrassed
_______
_______
 
11. Listen and repeat these words. Do they contain the sound /a/ or 
/e/? Write each word in the correct column.

 
ankle
head
leg
fan
math
belt
 
/a/
ankle
_______
_______
/e/
head
_______
_______
 

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  • Hi there,
    Thanks for your comment. I've checked this in the Macmillan Dictionary, which suggests the correct pronunciation is a 'd'. You can find the entry here: http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/confused.
    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • 'Confused' is pronounced with' t' at the end.

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  • Hi Linda,
    Yes, we completely agree! Can I ask where you saw 'practice' used as a verb? These particular pronuncation exercises are for American, rather than British, English, so this may be why 'practice' would appear on this page. For British English resources, the verb would normally be spelt with the 's'.
    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • Shouldn't "practice" be spelt "practise" if the word is used as a verb? I have just checked my dictionary to see if things have changed since i was at school and they haven't. I am teaching British English and in the UK when used as a verb the spelling is "practise". Do you agree?

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  • very good exercise

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  • thanks

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  • Dear Jon,

    Apologies and many thanks for pointing out the missing audio. I've added this to the page so you should be able to see file 11 now.

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  • Thanks very much for this useful resource. May I ask where audio file no. 11 has gone to? Thanks, Jon

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  • The 12 audio files are all located under 'Related resources'. The worksheet was previously called a 'recording script' so this has been changed to 'worksheet' to make this clearer. We hope you enjoy using this resource!

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  • where can I find the MP3 and the worksheet?

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