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3 Essential English Vowels - Mouth Gym Mini Course
This 3 Vowel Mini-Course is an introduction to the Popenoe Method, a complete, comprehensive, and highly effective English pronunciation training program.
You may wonder how a pronunciation course teaching only 3 vowels can improve your English speech.
When you build a new house, you start with the foundation. You can’t live in it yet, but without a good foundation your home will never be a safe, well-built structure.
These 3 vowels are essential for good pronunciation, requiring precise physical control of your tongue, lips and jaw in a wide range of movements and positions. We speak our first language unconsciously, so developing this fine motor control is the real challenge of effective pronunciation training.
You can read a hundred books about pronunciation and listen to a hundred audio recordings, but until you develop this conscious physical control over your mouth movements, you will never significantly change how you sound.
Mastering these 3 vowels is the perfect way to build a strong foundation in both conceptual understanding and the physical skill you need to progress to the highest level.
Hi, I’m Joshua Popenoe, the creator of this course. I started out as a professional voice actor and singer, which requires precise control of the mouth and voice. Using this background and ability, I developed an original approach to pronunciation training. You may have studied pronunciation before, but it probably won’t be like this. This mini-course is a chance to try it out, and see how well it works! After learning these 3 vowels, the next step is to join the full 104 video course, which has everything you need to speak clear, easy to understand English!
“Mr. Popenoe has a thorough understanding of the characteristic problems that foreigners have with English pronunciation, and has developed an original method to correct them. His instructions about how to use the muscles in and around the lips, the various positions of the tongue, etc., were so clear and precise that it’s almost like taking an anatomy class!” - Takao Shimizu
Introduction to Pronunciation
The course starts with 5 videos that introduce the study of pronunciation, and explains key concepts necessary for successful progress.
1. What is Pronunciation?
2. The 4 Elements
3. How to Practice
4. IPA Pronunciation Symbols
5. The IPA Vowel Chart
Following this introduction are the instruction and practice videos for the 3 vowels. Each instruction video explains and demonstrates in detail how to move your tongue, lips and jaw into the correct position for that vowel. The practice videos review each technique and lead you in practicing the target vowel in 1-syllable words, multi-syllable words, and short sentences.
6. The Open Central Vowel /AH/ - Instruction
7. The Open Central Vowel /AH/ - Practice
" hot-logic-honest-exotic-option-possible "
8. The Open Front Vowel /AE/ - Instruction
9. The Open Front Vowel /AE/ - Practice
" map-action-impact-apple-sad-fantastic "
10. The Open Back Vowel /AW/ - Instruction
11. The Open Back Vowel /AW/ - Practice
" long-call-thought-office-talk-awesome "
After you've learned to pronounce these 3 vowels, there are 3 additional videos about moving between them. When we talk our mouths are never still, so learning how to move between them in natural speech is important!
12. Moving Between 3 Open Vowels - Instruction
13. Moving Between 3 Open Vowels - Practice 1
14. Moving Between 3 Open Vowels - Practice 2
Ear Training is an important part of pronunciation improvement. If you did not grow up speaking English, there may be vowel and consonant sounds you can’t clearly distinguish. Training your ears and brain to recognize the sounds of English will help you monitor your own pronunciation as you practice the physical techniques taught in this course.
Each video with practice vocabulary has a PDF download of every target word, along with the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) version. Use this PDF to practice the words while recording yourself, then compare your pronunciation with mine.
"I have taken the Popenoe Method online course. I tried other teaching materials in the past, but since they were audio-only advice and training, I could not understand them well and did not improve. This online course is perfect for people who want to improve their pronunciation because you can see the teacher's actual mouth movements along with graphics in the video, and he explains what is different from the habits and movements of one’s first language." - Takasato Yoshimura
"Before I met Josh, I was at a loss as to how to produce the sounds that native English speakers make, and I didn't know why certain sounds were hard for them to understand. But with each lesson, the cause became clearer, and my pronunciation improved. I am so grateful to have met my teacher because he taught me things that I would never have learned on my own." - Kazuyo Fujimura
Try this 3 Vowel Mini-Course and see for yourself how the Popenoe Method works. Learn the physical techniques to make your English pronunciation as good as you want it to be!
Are you ready to jump in and have access to everything you need to improve your English pronunciation right now? Then come join the Master Course Membership which includes over 100 training videos and a weekly live lesson with Joshua Popenoe. Click below to learn more!