UNIT 1: /b/

UNIT 1: /b/

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CHAPTER 2: CONSONANTS

UNIT 1: /b/

I. Sounds

Practice reading the sounds below.

/b/

WordIPASound
bat/bæt/ 
beach/biːtʃ/ 
boot/buːt/ 

Press your lips together. Then, open your closed lips fast to force air out and produce the sound.

Teeth are behind closed lips. The tongue is relaxed and raised slightly, not touching the teeth.

II. Practice: Sounds in Words

Listen and Repeat.

WordIPASound
bicycle/baɪsɪkl/ 
bear/ber/ 
club/kləb/ 
board/bɔːrd/ 
book/bʊk/ 
bed/bed/ 
baby/beɪbi/ 
banana/bənænə/ 
bottle/bɑːtl/ 
library/laɪbreri/ 
bag/bæg/ 
back/bæk/ 
bar/bɑːr/ 
body/bɑːdi/ 
February/febjəweri/ 
mobile/moʊbaɪl/ 
hobby/hɒbi/ 
album/ælbəm/ 
job/dʒɒb/ 
big/bɪg/ 

III. Practice: Words in Sentences

Read the following sentences, focusing on the words in RED.
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1. Let’s go to the beach.
2. My mother plays board games.
3. I am sleeping on my bed.
4. The baby is wearing a bib.
5. Lana is reading in the library.
6. I saw a bat last night.
7. Paul is riding a bicycle.
8. My favorite fruit is banana.

IV. Application 1: Let’s Talk

Practice having a conversation with someone.
Tutor: Do you like bears?
Student: No, bears are big. They scare me.
Tutor: What animal do you like?
Student: I like bats.
Tutor: Are you not scared of bats?
Student: No, because bats will not hurt me.
Tutor: How do you know this?
Student: I read it in a book.

V. Practice: Tongue Twisters

1. The big boy blends beans for breakfast.
The beans are big, buttered, and baked.
2. Baby Bobby and baby Billy like books.
Both babies wear bonnets, but only baby Billy wears boots.