Number one for English language teachers

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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Readers' comments (9)

  • 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 previous 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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  • Cannot find worksheet of mp3 file to download at the bottom of the page as indicated. Please provide material for downloading.

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  • There is a spelling mistake on Number.6 - Repellent.

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  • Please accept our apologies for the error on this page - it has now been corrected. Thank you for drawing our attention to it.

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  • Yes, one of my real bugbears is when textbooks and teachers get things wrong. Very confusing for the students and even more so in this particular case. Please get the /ch/ and /sh/ answers sorted out.

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  • /ch/
    shirt Is this a mistake? Marcia, Chicago
    _______
    /sh/
    checked
    _______

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