The ACE Program will help you to identify your specific
pronunciation differences and set achievable goals. ACE
Second Edition offers over 100 listening and speaking exercises
to help you improve the clarity of your spoken English. Learn how
to pronounce 20 consonants, 18 vowels and how to successfully use
common stress and intonation patterns of Canadian English.
Below you will find a sample of listening and speaking exercises
to give you a better idea of how well ACE can work for you.
Click on the links below to view a sample exercise from each audio cd.
Click here for free vowel contrast download
Audio sample from CD 1:
Structures: tongue tip between the top and bottom teeth Air Flow: continuous Voicing: voiceless
Place your tongue tip between your top and bottom teeth. Blow air in a continuous flow down the centre of the tongue and between the teeth. Do not vibrate the vocal cords.
Please note that the * examples are NOT recorded
1. I said thank-you to my sister.
2. Do you think that we should go to the theatre tonight?
3. Darwin had many theories about evolution.
4. Ian thought he would go to the Christmas party.
5. The thief stole all of our belongings.
6. *He hammered his thumb.
7. *It is now the year two thousand (Y2K).
8. *Did you hear the thunder in last nightís storm?
9. *Could you thaw out three thick steaks for supper?
10. *I get very thirsty when itís thirty degrees.
Audio sample from CD 2:
Structures: sides of tongue and upper teeth; middle of tongue toward palate Air Flow: continuous Voicing: voiced
Raise the middle of the tongue toward the palate. Sides of the tongue are pressed against the upper teeth. The tongue tip is either pointed downward or raised to almost contact the alveolar ridge. Vibrate the vocal cords as the breath stream flows over the top of the tongue.
1. Randy wrote an excellent report on the environment.
2. Could you retrieve the records from the basement?
3. There was a major car wreck on Range Road.
4. The rhinoceros roamed beside the river.
5. Have you seen my red wrench anywhere?
6. *Roberto makes the best ravioli.
7. *Can you reach my raincoat?
8. *Rhonda reached the finish line first and won the race.
9. *Does it ever rain in Red Deer?
10. *My roommate grows radishes in the garden.
Audio sample from CD 3:
Mouth shape: mouth is slightly open Tongue height: high Tongue position: front Tension: lax
24. Mister (Mr.)
1. He slid down the bank into the river.
2. The problem was simple to figure out.
3. Mickey Mouse lives in Disneyland.
4. I lost my ticket in the thick brush.
5. The pretty girl gave him a kiss.
6. Did I miss a stitch on the quilt?
7. If youíre shivering, do up the zipper on your coat.
8. Letís go for a swim in the river.
9. Did you switch the fish that we caught?
10. Kim tied a ribbon in her hair.
u*y busy ie sieve
* Consonant sound
Audio sample from CD 4:
Here are a group of words that have two possible stress patterns depending on whether they are used as a noun or a verb. Listen carefully to the stress patterns on the CD. Can you hear the difference? Notice that the nouns tend to have stress on the first syllable and that the verbs tend to have stress on the second or last syllable.
I bought a park permit for ten dollars.
Will you permit me to enter the enclosure?
The object is precious to us.
Do you object to his decision?
What are the contents of the locker?
I am content to stay at home tonight.
The rebel had an important cause.
I will rebel against the oppressive regime.
What kind of progress can I expect?
The assistance helped Dan to progress quickly.
Sara entered the poster contest.
I think he should contest his fatherís will.
She will love that present.
He will present his business plan to us.
What is your current address?
Please address me as Mr. Roberts.
The Sahara desert is vast.
Jerry plans to desert the army.
What he said is an insult to me.
Do not insult my intelligence.
The color contrast is beautiful.
Should I contrast red and green in this picture?