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  • English Consonant Pronunciation Exam – with Audio

    How is your English pronunciation? Read the sentences below aloud and answer the questions. Then listen to the audio and decide if you sound the same as the recording. If you don’t sound the same, make a note it. All the sounds you had difficulties with can be practiced in our intensive pronunciation courses.

    1. Do you approve of the prices of these apples. They are perhaps a bit steep.

    Q: Do you say the ‘p’ in ‘prices’, ‘perhaps’, and ‘approve’ with a puff of air?

    2. Bobby Brown catches lobster and crab and cooks them on his boat down in the cabin.

    Q: Is your ‘b’ in ‘Brown’ rounded and your ‘b’ in ‘lobster’ flattened?

    3. Elephants laugh and make friends easily. Offer your friendship to an elephant and she’ll never forget.

    Q: Are your upper teeth pressed against your lower lip when you say [f]?

    4. Dr. Van saved the gravely ill patient who had a severe case of the flu virus.

    Q: Are your upper teeth pressed against your lower lip when you say [v]? And do vibrate your vocal cords?

    5. Tom is a common American name. So are Mary, Samantha, and Emily.

    Q: Do you hold your lips together when you say ‘m’ in ‘Tom’ and ‘name’?

    6. The twins quietly did their homework and made drawings of the wheat fields to the west.

    Q: Do your round your lips when you say ‘w’? And, is your ‘w’ silent in the word ‘drawings’?

    7. Beth is an athlete and marathon runner. To stay healthy and happy she eats three meals a day and thinks positive thoughts.

    Q: Do you place the tip of your tongue between your teeth when you say ‘th’?

    8. My mother and father loathe northern weather. They prefer southern climates.

    Q: Do your vocal cords vibrate when you say ‘th’ in these words?

    9. When Betty returns in a fortnight, we will read the story A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

    Q: Are your ‘t’ sounds in ‘Betty’, ‘returns’, ‘fortnight’, and ‘story’ all different?

    10. The actor planted fifteen rows of vegetables in his rooftop garden.

    Q: Do you say the ‘t’ in ‘fifteen’ and ‘rooftop’ with a puff of air?

    11. The actor planted fifteen rows of vegetables in his rooftop garden.

    Q: Do you say the ‘t’ in ‘fifteen’ and ‘rooftop’ with a puff of air?

    12. Trevor tried to initiate a conversation about 19th century literature.

    Q: Does your ‘t’ sound like ‘ch’ in ‘Trevor’, ‘tried’, ‘century’, and ‘literature’?

    *This is an advanced lesson.

    13. Dr. Davis is a dedicated pediatrician from Broward County. His predictions are always true.


    Q: Is your ‘d’ in ‘pediatrician’ a quicker sound than your ‘d’ in ‘Davis’ and ‘predictions’?

    14. Andrew’s dream has been to receive an education in fine art and drawing.

    Q: Do your ‘d’s sound like ‘j’s?

    *This is an advanced lesson.

    15. The United States started with thirteen small states. Today, there are fifty states spread from east to west.

    Q: Are all of your ‘s’s voiceless? (Voiceless means made without vibrating your vocal cords)

    16. Is it possible to measure qualities such as pleasure and compassion?


    Q: Do you pronounce the ‘s’s in ‘measure’, ‘qualities’, and ‘compassion’ differently?

    17. Magicians specialize in deceiving their audience. Exceptional ones succeed at it.

    Q: Do your ‘c’s in ‘magicians’ and ‘specialize’ sound like ‘sh’?

    18. Dozens of guests gazed at the dazzling performers as they played Brazilian jazz pieces.

    Q: Do your vibrate your vocal cords when you say ‘z’?

    19. The executive from Oxford plays the xylophone.

    Q: Do you pronounce each ‘x’ differently?

    20. Charlie Chaplin wore a mustache in his film The Champion.

    Q: Does your ‘ch’ in ‘mustache’ sound like ‘sh’?

    21. Sharon took a short trip to Washington. She found shells along the shore there.

    Q: Is your ‘sh’ a quiet, steady sound?

    22. George is going to major in engineering. He’s starting college in June.

    Q: Do your ‘g’s and ‘j’s sound the same?

    23. Now, you’re learning to pronounce the consonants. Practice them again and again.

    Q: Do you touch your gum ridge behind your upper teeth when you say ‘n’?

    24. Caterpillars crawl and later turn into graceful butterflies.

    Q: Do your round your lips a little and curl your tongue when you say ‘r’?

    25. Larry is good-looking and loves to laugh. He’s likeable and pleasant to be with.

    Q: Does your tongue tip press against your gum ridge or the back of your teeth when you say ‘l’?

    26. Year after year, millions of people visit the Grand Canyon. Young and old enjoy the brilliant views.

    Q: Do your raise your tongue to an [i] position for the ‘y’ and ‘i’ sounds?

    27. Kathy is working at the bank until six o’clock. Then, she’s making turkey stew for the kids.

    Q: Do you say the ‘k’ in ‘Kathy’ and ‘kids’ with a puff of air?

    28. Victor can’t come to the card party. He is scuba diving in Tuscany, Italy.


    Q: Do you say the ‘c’ in ‘can’t’, ‘come’, and ‘card’ with a puff of air?

    29. The queen is on a quest to find orchids to give to the monarch at Christmas time.

    Q: Do you say the ‘q’ or ‘ch’ in ‘queen’, ‘quest’, and ‘Christmas’ with a puff of air?

    30. The goose laid bigger golden eggs. Soon the farmer got very greedy.

    Q: Do your vocal cords vibrate when you say ‘g’?

    31. The strong young men are bringing their running times up. The strongest man is running faster and longer.

    Q: Do you say a hard ‘g’ in ‘strongest’ and ‘longer’ but not in ‘strong’ or ‘bringing’?

    32. This fall, we will see beautiful red and golden hues.*

    Q: Do you not touch your tongue tip to your gum ridge when you say ‘l’ in ‘will’, ‘beautiful’, and ‘golden?

    *This is an advanced lesson.

    33. The guests saw how happy and healthy the heir to the throne was.

    Q: Do you gently let out a puff of air when you say ‘h’ in ‘how’, ‘happy’ and ‘healthy’?

    34. These stories weren’t written in Latin and later forgotten.*

    Q: Do you pronounce the ‘t’s in boldface in your throat?

    *This is an advanced lesson.