Lesson 19 - Synthesizing all the pronunciation
skills studied so far
Before you read anything aloud,
(or when you are preparing to speak in public) it is advisable to prepare
by following the steps below:
Read the text
silently and decide which words are the most important content words
likely to carry the sentence stress.
Check the pronunciation
of any unknown words in the dictionary.
Is any of the
vocabulary difficult to pronounce (clusters, difficult sounds)?
the intonation - where will your voice rise or fall?
Mark the words
which will be linked.
the weak syllables.
Now read the short text below
aloud. Then compare your reading to the recording and the key.
alert was over the next day,
but many in the
territory remain alarmed.
Weeks of dry weather and unfavourable winds
caused air pollution to accumulate.
The main culprit,
according to a three-year study by the Environmental Protection
is the car.
It found that vehicle emissions
accounted for 98% of Hong Kong's air pollution
and that the worst offenders
are taxis, mini-buses and trucks that run on diesel fuel.
Only four years ago, the transport lobby persuaded legislators
to reject a government proposal
that would require commercial operators
to switch from diesel fuel to cleaner-burning gasoline.
Fortunately things are now changing.
Review of clusters
Look at the examples below
of consonant clusters occurring in words in the above two paragraphs on