Exercises for vowel sounds 5 bat and about

You will remember from previous blogs that we practiced to variations of the ‘a’ sound already – nl. the ‘ah’ as in father and ‘a’ as in slave. This week we will practice another variation of the vowel sounds ‘a’ (as in bat) and the short ‘a’ (as in about).

 Let us first warm up our voice before we engage in the vocal exercises.

 Sit comfortably and tall, drop your shoulders

  • Breathe in deeply to the count of 3
  • Hold the breath comfortably for 3 counts
  • And breathe out to the count of 3
  • Repeat
  • Now breathe in deeply and make a long humming sound on the out-breath
  • Repeat
  1.  a as in bat, catch, absolute

For this sound the front of the tongue needs to be raised slightly

Here are a few words to practice this sound:

Bat – batch – apple – ran – cat – thatch – absolute – can – gnat – latch – abbey – van – sat – catch – attic – ban – and – sand – land

Here is the tongue twister to practice this sound:

  • Can an active actor always actually act accurately?

 

  1. a as in about, the, ahead

For this sound open the mouth, lips are raised in a neutral position, (neither pursed nor drawn back).

Here are a few words to practice this sound:

  • Around, agree, the, aground, alight, adieu, ahoy, ahead, about, alas, astern

 

Here is the tongue twister to practice this sound:

  • If I assist a sister assistant, will the sister’s sister assistant assist me?

Repeat 3x

Have fun and join me again next month with the consonant sound ‘th’.

 

Tongue twister from: https://introworldeducation.com/tongue-twisters-from-a-to-z/#(1)_Tongue_Twisters_With_A

(Exercises used from the book Speech Training for you by E. Sneddon)