We make the sound in "hot" (/a/) with our mouth open the widest. Pretend you are going to the doctor and saying "ahhhhhhhh".
See how open your
These two video clips also show the /a/ sound. Clicking on the links below will download the video clips and launch a separate viewer so you can watch them (MPEG file format).
sound in "hat" is made with your mouth open not as wide and the sound
is not as far back in your throat. Pretend someone is choking you. The
sound you will make is this "hat" vowel.
Now let's listen to some sounds!
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