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Staircase Intonation.....................................................................................................................3
1.
Understanding Staircase Intonation...................................................3
2.
Noun and Pronoun Intonation.............................................................4
3.
Spelling and Numbers........................................................................4
4.
Staircase Intonation Practice..............................................................5
II. Distinctive Sounds......................................................................................................................6
1.
The Vowel Sounds..............................................................................6
2.
The L Sound........................................................................................7
3.
The American T................................................................................10
III. Word Connection Rules............................................................................................................14
1.
Liaison Rule 1: Consonant-Vowel......................................................14
2.
Liaison Rule 2: Consonant Consonant...........................................14
3.
Liaison Rule 3: Vowel-Vowel.............................................................15
4.
Liaison Rule 4: T, D, S, or Z + Y........................................................15
5.
Word Connection Practice................................................................16
IV. Common Reductions.................................................................................................................18
1.
Unstressed Pronouns........................................................................18
2.
Tag Endings......................................................................................18
3.
Reducing Articles..............................................................................19
4.
Squeezed out syllables.....................................................................19
V. Commonly Reduced Sounds.....................................................................................................20

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I. Staircase Intonation
1. Understanding Staircase Intonation
A.

Do's and Don'ts


Do Not Speak Word By Word

Connect Words to Form Sound Groups

Use Staircase Intonation

B.

What Is Staircase Intonation


We go up and down staircases.

We start high and end low.

C.

Statement Intonation with Nouns

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D.

Statement Intonation with Pronouns

E.

Statement Versus Question Intonation

F.

Emotional or Rhetorical Question Intonation

2. Noun and Pronoun Intonation

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3. Spelling and Numbers

4. Staircase Intonation Practice


A.

Drawing Staircases

B.

Reading with Staircase Intonation

C.

Speed Reading

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II.Distinctive Sounds
1. The Vowel Sounds
A.

The American [] & the British [] Sounds

B.

The American [] & the British [] Sounds

C.

The [] Sound

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2. The L Sound
A.

Sounds Comparing L with T, D, and N

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B.

What Are All Those Extra Sounds Im Hearing

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C.

Final L Practice

D.

Little Lola

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3. The American T

A.

Rule 1. Top of the Staircase

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B.

Rule 2. Middle of the Staircase

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Rule 3. Bottom of the Staircase

D.

Rule 4. Held T Before N

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E.

Rule 5. The Silent T

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III. Word Connection Rules


1. Liaison Rule 1: Consonant-Vowel

2. Liaison Rule 2: Consonant Consonant

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3. Liaison Rule 3: Vowel-Vowel

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4. Liaison Rule 4: T, D, S, or Z + Y

5. Word Connection Practice

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IV. Common Reductions


1. Unstressed Pronouns
The H and TH sounds in unstressed pronouns are often dropped and the remaining part is linked to
the preceding consonant.

"It is a lot of fun. It is different. Something that everybody should have a chance to try at least
once in the their life."

2. Tag Endings

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3. Reducing Articles

4. Squeezed out syllables

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V. Commonly Reduced Sounds

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