People from many languages tend to use too much energy on final consonants. This can Cause extra puffs of air or even extra vowel sounds to attach to the ends of words. Follow the directions on the tape for stopping the consonants properly on the following drills.
[LANGUAGE NOTE: Pay particular attention to this section if your first language is ITALIAN, GREEK, or KOREAN. There's also some tendency to explode too hard with some speakers of other East Asian languages.]
L8/S1: VOICELESS FINAL CONSONANTS
|ON THE TAPE||Not On The Tape|
SAFE -- A SAFE PLACE
half -- half priced
|TOOTH -- TOOTH DECAY||fifth -- fifth generation|
|ICE -- ICE CREAM||promise -- promise me|
|PUBLISH -- PUBLISH THE BOOK||parish -- parish priest|
|SIP -- SIP THE DRINK||tip -- tip that waitress|
|SIT -- SIT THERE||top -- top drawer|
|SICK -- THE SICK CHILD||rock -- rock pile|
L8/S2: VOICED FINAL CONSONANTS
|HAVE -- HAVE TIME||prove -- prove that|
|JAZZ -- JAZZ SINGER||praise -- praise the Lord|
|CAB -- CAB DRIVER||ebb -- ebb tide|
|SIDE -- SIDE STREET||road -- road work|
|DRAG -- DRAG THE FURNITURE||lag -- lag behind|
Add now try avoiding any extra air puffs or vowel sounds after the final consonants inside these additional sentences from some of the earlier consonant drills.
-- I feel safe when I leave and my relief shows up.
-- Not having enough love can cause great grief.
-- This is as good as it gets.
-- This happened because his rose garden was beautiful.
-- Stop the cab!
-- Can the cop nab the criminal?
-- The baby can't sleep in that crib.
-- The hotel let me keep the rose.
-- Don't kick the dog.
-- He was struck on the back by a plastic bag.
-- The pig picked up a jug of water.
-- Crack open the keg.
-- Let the seed sit on the ground.
-- You need a hat on your head on hot days.
-- Get outside and walk around a bit.
-- He had to avoid getting hit in the head.
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