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The / w / in Wasp and the / j / in Yellow Pronunciation Activation Pack37

/ w / Wasp / j / Yellow In this Pronunciation Activation Pack we will

be looking at the consonant sounds / w / and / j /.

We will look at the letter combinations that give the / w / and / j / sounds.

We will look at lots of words which have the / w / and / j / sounds in them.

Finally, we will activate your ability to hear and produce the

/ w / and / j / sounds correctly. Semivowels

The / w / and / j / sounds are semivowels or glides which are a type of approximant.

The semivowels have characteristics of both consonants and vowels in different words.

The / w / and the / j / sounds on the chart are shown in green, which means that they

are voiced. Letter Combinations for / w /

This voiced labial-velar approximant semivowel has these letter combinations:

most commonly W, sometimes WH, or QU as / kw /, sometimes GU or SU, and rarely O, ON, and

HO. Letter Combinations for / j /

This voiced unrounded palatal approximant semivowel can have these letter combinations:

Y, and I, and sometimes U, UE, and EW, making / juː /, and rarely EAU.

Practice The antiquarian accumulated numerous Ouija

boards. / ði ˌæn.tɪ.ˈkweə.riən ə.ˈkjuː.mjə.leɪ.tɪd

ˈnjuː.mə.rəs ˈwiː.dʒə bɔːdz / Practice

The quarryman quarried a stupendous quartz. / ðə ˈkwɒ.rɪ.mən ˈkwɒ.rɪd ə stjuː.ˈpen.dəs

kwɔːts / Practice

The choirmaster was disquieted by the choirs truculence.

/ ðə ˈkwaɪə.mɑː.stə wəz dɪskwaɪə.tɪd baɪ ðə ˈkwaɪəɪz ˈtrʌ.kjʊ.ləns /

Practice The Ukrainian equerrys eloquence was unusual.

/ ðə juː.ˈkreɪ.niən ɪ.ˈkwe.riɪz ˈe.lə.kwəns wəz ʌnjuː.ʒʊəl /

Problems for Students There are no real problems with these two

sounds apart from the different was of spelling them and the fact that letter combinations

that give the / w / and / j / sounds can also be pronounced in different ways.

Take who / huː / and which / wɪtʃ /, for instance.

In the Pronunciation Activation Pack we will be looking at 2,906 words which have the / w

/ and / j / sounds in them but dont have the W or Y letters in them.

Resources and Activators As with all of my English Activation Packs,

this Activation Pack has valuable resources to help you activate the language in this

lesson. Download the resources from the link at the

top left. You will also find the Activators at the end

of the Pack. These will give you plenty of exercises to

help you make the language in this lesson part of your active vocabulary.

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