Difficult sounds Same or different pairwork

Student A

Rules of the Game

You have to decide with your partner if the pronunciations of the word you have and the word they have are the same of different. Note that different words that have the same pronunciation count as the same.

You can read out the individual words and/ or the whole sentences

You cannot spell the words out

You cannot translate the words

You can pronounce the words slowly and carefully

You can explain words that have similar pronunciation if you know them

 

Useful languageV for violin/ B for birthdayYou have to put your lips together              It’s a long soundYou don’t use your voice box          You have to touch your teeth with your tongueYour mouth should be more open/ round

 

  1. If I won the lottery, I would /              / give most of the money to charity.
  2. I have taken a long-distance overnight bus /               /, but I would never take one again
  3. If I don’t know the way /              / to do something, I always ask my boss how to do it
  4. If I was offered a job with lots of travel /               /, for example an air steward or a salesman, I would really enjoy it
  5. If I rode /               / a motorbike, my parents would worry about my safety.
  6. Every time I get a birthday cake, I eat the whole /           / thing myself
  7. I would read the Da Vinci Code /           / if I had more time
  8. When I take a plane, I always choose the window seat /               /
  9. When I have more savings in the bank, I’ll invest some money in major /           /companies and some in smaller high tech companies
  10. When I next have a holiday, the first /             / thing I’ll do is sleep a long time

 

Do you think any of the sentences above are true for your partner? Tell them which sentences and check.

Difficult Sounds Same or Different Pairwork

Student B

Rules of the Game

You have to decide with your partner if the pronunciations of the word you have and the word they have are the same of different. Note that different words that have the same pronunciation count as the same.

You can read out the individual words and/ or the whole sentences

You cannot spell the words out

You cannot translate the words

You can pronounce the words slowly and carefully

You can explain words that have similar pronunciation if you know them

 

Useful languageV for violin/ B for birthdayYou have to put your lips together              It’s a long soundYou don’t use your voice box          You have to touch your teeth with your tongueYour mouth should be more open/ round

 

  1. If I buy some flooring for my house, I want it to be made of wood /             /
  2. If I can choose between a bath /            / and a shower, I always have a shower
  3. If I didn’t weigh /             / myself everyday I would get fatter
  4. When I get in trouble /                 / I always speak to my mother about it before anyone else
  5. If I lived on a main road /           /, I wouldn’t be able to sleep because of the noise
  6. If I have a hole /           / in my clothes, I just throw it away and buy something new
  7. If I had a cordless /                / home phone I would lose it around the house all the time
  8. I always use both sides of a sheet /                / of paper because it’s good for the environment.
  9. Before I buy new furniture, I always measure /               / the room carefully.
  10. If I had learnt how to type faster /          / at school, I would’ ve done better at university.

Do you think any of the sentences above are true for your partner? Tell them which sentences and check.


Difficult Sounds Same or Different Pairwork

 

Read the words below and decide if their pronunciation is the same or different.

  1. Made/ maid                          /               / /                /
  2. Food/ hood                          /               / /                /
  3. Right/ write                          /               / /                /
  4. Sauce/ source                      /               / /                /
  5. Fur/ far                                  /               / /                /
  6. Double/ W                           /               / /                /
  7. Weight/ wait                        /               / /                /
  8. Be/ bee/ B                            /               / /                /
  9. Fund/ found                        /               / /                /
  10. There/ their/ they’re           /               / /                /
  11. Lawn/ loan                           /               / /                /
  12. To/ two/ too                        /               / /                /
  13. Low/ law                               /               / /                /
  14. Knew/ new                           /               / /                /
  15. We’ll/ well                            /               / /                /
  16. Flour/ flower                        /               / /                /
  17. C/ she                                   /               / /                /
  18. Know/ no                             /               / /                /
  19. Eye/ I                                    /               / /                /
  20. Quota/ quarter                     /               / /                /
  21. Eight/ ate                              /               / /                /
  22. Fare/ fair                               /               / /                /
  23. Sent/ cent                             /               / /                /
  24. For/ four                               /               / /                /
  25. By/ buy                                /               / /                /
  26. Meet/ meat                           /               / /                /
  27. Brake/ break                         /               / /                /
  28. Sweet/ suite                         /               / /                /
  29. Tyre/ tire                              /               / /                /
  30. Bunker/ banker                    /               / /                /

Check your answers with a dictionary and write the phonemic symbols in the space given for each word (either the whole word, just the difficult sounds or just the sounds that are different)

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