Quiz On The Pronunciation Of English

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    True or false? There are 13 or 14 vowel sounds in American English.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because American English has 13 or 14 vowel sounds. Vowel sounds are the sounds produced by the vocal cords without any interruption of the airflow, and in American English, there are different vowel sounds that are used in words and sentences. These vowel sounds can vary depending on the regional accents and dialects, but on average, there are 13 or 14 distinct vowel sounds in American English.

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  • 2. 

    True or false? The vowels at the back of the mouth tend to be rounded, while the front and central vowels are unrounded.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true. In phonetics, there is a correlation between the position of vowels in the mouth and whether they are rounded or unrounded. Vowels produced at the back of the mouth, such as /u/ and /o/, tend to be rounded, meaning that the lips are rounded when producing these sounds. On the other hand, vowels produced at the front and central areas of the mouth, such as /i/ and /a/, are typically unrounded, meaning that the lips are not rounded. This pattern is observed in many languages around the world.

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  • 3. 

    All of the following are used to describe vowels EXCEPT for what?

    • A.

      Tongue position

    • B.

      Dryness

    • C.

      Lip rounding

    • D.

      Tenseness and laxness

    • E.

      Simple vowels, glided vowels, and diphthongs

    Correct Answer
    B. Dryness
    Explanation
    Dryness is not used to describe vowels. The other options, such as tongue position, lip rounding, tenseness and laxness, and the classification of vowels into simple vowels, glided vowels, and diphthongs, are all relevant factors in describing vowels. However, dryness is not typically considered a characteristic of vowels.

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  • 4. 

    True or false? Voiceless sounds are made by using our vocal cords.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    False. Voiceless sounds are made without using our vocal cords. These sounds are produced by manipulating airflow through the vocal tract, such as by using the lips, tongue, teeth, or other parts of the mouth or throat. Examples of voiceless sounds include the "s" sound in "snake" or the "p" sound in "pat".

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following are voiced sounds?  Check all that apply.

    • A.

      /b/

    • B.

      /s/

    • C.

      /d/

    • D.

      /g/

    • E.

      /f/

    • F.
    Correct Answer(s)
    A. /b/
    C. /d/
    D. /g/
    Explanation
    The correct answer is /b/, /d/, /g/. Voiced sounds are produced when the vocal cords vibrate, creating a resonant sound. /b/, /d/, and /g/ are all voiced sounds because they involve the vocal cords vibrating while producing the sounds. In contrast, /s/ and /f/ are voiceless sounds where the vocal cords do not vibrate.

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  • 6. 

    We describe consonants by talking about all of the following EXCEPT what?

    • A.

      Place of articulation

    • B.

      Manner of articulation

    • C.

      Breathing

    • D.

      Voicing

    Correct Answer
    C. Breathing
    Explanation
    The question asks about the description of consonants, specifically what is NOT included. The options provided are place of articulation, manner of articulation, breathing, and voicing. Place of articulation refers to where in the vocal tract the sound is produced, manner of articulation refers to how the airflow is obstructed, and voicing refers to whether the vocal cords vibrate. Breathing, on the other hand, is not directly related to the description of consonants. Therefore, breathing is the correct answer.

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  • 7. 

    All of the following sounds have a bilabial place of articulation EXCEPT for what?

    • A.

      /b/

    • B.

      /f/

    • C.

      /m/

    • D.

      /w/

    Correct Answer
    B. /f/
    Explanation
    The question asks for the sound that does not have a bilabial place of articulation. Bilabial sounds are produced by bringing both lips together. The sounds /b/, /m/, and /w/ all involve the use of both lips, while the sound /f/ is produced by bringing the bottom lip close to the top teeth. Therefore, the correct answer is /f/.

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  • 8. 

    All of the following sounds are known as fricatives EXCEPT for what?

    • A.

      /h/

    • B.

      /s/

    • C.

      /l/

    • D.

      /v/

    Correct Answer
    C. /l/
    Explanation
    The sounds /h/, /s/, and /v/ are all fricatives because they are produced by a continuous airflow through a narrow passage in the vocal tract, creating a friction-like sound. However, the sound /l/ is not a fricative. It is classified as a lateral approximant because it is produced by allowing the airflow to pass around the sides of the tongue, rather than through a narrow passage with friction.

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  • 9. 

    True or false? Long vowels are vowels that are pronounced with a longer sound than short vowels which are pronounced with a short sound.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Long vowels are vowels that are pronounced with a longer sound than short vowels which are pronounced with a short sound. This statement is incorrect because long vowels are actually pronounced with a longer sound than short vowels.

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