Exercises for vowel sounds 03
Today we will practice the vowel sounds ‘ou’ (as in blow or soap) and ‘a’ (as in stable).
Please remember to do some stretching, some breathing and warm up your voice before you engage in vocal exercises.
Now let us practice the ‘ou’ sound, as in float, rope, grow, note
Here is how you use your vocal organs when you shape this sound:
Open mouth so that there is a tiny space between upper and lower teeth.
Round lips, then intone ”ou” – see how long you can intone this sound without squeezing it out.
Now say the following words with me to practice this sound:
- Hold, mould, cold, rolled, sold, mole, pole, sole, foal, goal, boat, coat, goat, wrote, pope
Repeat each word 2x
And here are a few tongue twisters to practice the sound:
- No nose knows like a gnome’s nose knows - Repeat 3x
- Clowns grow glowing crowns - Repeat 3x
- The soldier’s shoulder surely hurts - Repeat 3x
Now let us practice the ‘a’ sound, as in the words save or train
This is a diphthong which means that you speak 2 vowels said as one. Here is how you use your vocal organs when you shape this sound:
Open mouth sufficiently for the 1st vowel, then allow the 2nd one to be shaped by lowering jaw
Now say the following words with me to practice this sound, repeat each word 2x:
- Cake, lake, make, take, bake, rain, plain, stain, grain, pale, fail, tail, whale, sail, table
And here is a silly tongue twister to practice the ‘a’ sound:
As he gobbled the cakes on his plate.
The greedy ape said as he ate,
The greener green grapes are,
The keener keen apes are
To gobble green grape cakes,
They are great
(From Dr. Seuss)
Have fun with these little exercises and enjoy the freedom of speaking clearly!
Please join me for the next session where we will practice the consonants “w” and f”
(Exercises used from the book ‘Speech Training for you by E. Sneddon)
The author cannot be held liable for any damage, loss, illness or hurt to the reader’s voice or voice organs or any other part of the body and by undertaking the exercises herein contained is indemnified against such damage, loss, illness and hurt.