Pronunciation Of Vowel “ɛ“

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Pronunciation Of Vowel “ɛ“


Understanding of Pronunciation of Vowel, Pronunciation of Consonants & Pronunciation of Diphthong is very important for being healthy in English, especially in English Speaking. Wrong pronunciation can change the meaning of a sentence or situation for which the particular word is used. Generally, beginner of any language crams Vocabulary but without clear and right pronunciation or wrong pronunciation, meaning or sense of the sentence can differ for other people. That’s why pronunciation plays a major role in language learning.

In this American English pronunciation Article section, we’re going to learn how to pronounce the ɛ=eh as in the BED vowel.

Let’s understand the mouth position for this vowel.

  • To make this sound, the jaw drops, ɛ=eh,
  • The tongue remains forward with the tip touching lightly behind the bottom front teeth. Ɛ=eh.
  • The mid/front part of the tongue lifts a little bit towards the roof of the mouth while the back of the tongue feels like it stretches wide. Ɛ=eh.
  • In a stressed syllable, the voice has a little curve up, then curve down. Ɛ=eh, ɛ=eh.
  • It’s stressed in the word ‘said=[sɛd]’.
  • Let’s feel close and in slow motion.
  • The jaw drops. The tongue tip touches the back of the bottom front teeth, and the middle part arches up towards the roof of the mouth. Said, ɛ=eh, said=[sɛd].
  • In an unstressed syllable, the vowel is lower and flatter in pitch, as well as quieter and quicker, ɛ=eh, ɛ=eh.
  • The vowel is unstressed in the word ‘employ=[ɛm’plɔɪ]’, ɛ=eh.
  • Let’s take a look up close and in slow motion.
  • Relaxed jaw drop. The middle part of the tongue arches up towards the roof of the mouth, ‘employ=[ɛm’plɔɪ]’
  • Now compare the stressed ɛ=eh from ‘said’, with the unstressed version from ‘employ’.
  • Notice the jaw drops more for the stressed version of this vowel.
  • Because the unstressed version of the vowel is shorter, there isn’t enough time to make the full jaw drop.
  • Like ɛ=eh stressed: said,
  • And ɛ=eh ɛ=eh unstressed: employ,


Example words.


Never=[‘nɛv əɹ],


Enter=[‘ɛn təɹ],

Embody=[ɛm’bɑd i],

Desk [dɛsk].

Hope this Article section helps you understand this sound.


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