Create and review Anki flashcards for practicing difficult English sounds

Using Forvo or other sources of mp3 audio pronunciations available online, follow the example of the model flashcard below to create Anki flashcards for highly frequent vocabulary containing sounds you find difficult (either from your field, academic spoken English, or general spoken English). When reviewing each flashcard:

  1. Pronounce its word,
  2. Flip the card over to check your pronunciation, especially in relation to the problem sound,
  3. Think of a statement including the term you could potentially use when teaching undergrads1, and
  4. Say this sentence aloud 3 times, paying close attention each time to correctly pronouncing the problem sound. (Do not skip checking your sentence contexts!!!–Although it is frequently easy to pronounce a word/phrase correctly in isolation, the natural tendency is to return to one’s previous (incorrect) pronunciation habit once one puts the word/phrase into context. You can only break incorrect pronunciation habits if your review of Anki flashcards helps you build new correct habits!)
  5. Finally, if you mispronounced the word at any time during steps 1-4, click “Again” when you rate your performance on the card so Anki will schedule it for more frequent practice.

 

Anki Flashcard Front

usually

 

Anki Flashcard Back

usually (not “urally” or “uwally”)

 

[sound: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/92/En-us-usually.ogg]

 

1 Each time you review a flashcard, create a new sentence that you’ve never used before during Anki practice. This will help your brain become automatic at producing standard English much more than reusing your previously created sentences will.


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