In this webinar, we will mainly focus on the five long simple vowels or monophthongs. But during certain exercises, I will also refer to elements that we will cover in more detail in future webinars. For example, I might ask you to listen out for certain consonant sounds. Or draw your attention to common faults or mistakes.
So, with all the exercises, try to repeat everything you hear and not just the vowel sounds. As we go along, you will notice that English spellings are often very confusing and unhelpful when it comes to correct pronunciation. So I will try to offer as many different spelling variations of the same vowel sounds as I can.
I also recommend that you familiarize yourself with the basics of the International Phonetic Alphabet. I will show you the phonetic symbols for each sound in standard British, English pronunciation as we go. The Longman Pronunciation Dictionary is also an invaluable reference.
Monophthongs are single sounds. Eventually, we will learn those vowel sounds which are made up of two or three different sounds. But we will start with these five long simple vowels. These are very good to start with because we can make them last as long as we wish. And they will still sound correct.