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Well, i used to think that i could handle the difference between "ae" and "e" pretty nicely, that is, until i stumbled upon the following sentence: "to gather together". No matter how many times i pronounce it, it seems that the two phonemes sound the same. I could use some of your help to fix this problem. Thanks in advance.

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The way you pronounce "to gather together" sounds fine to me. I detect a difference between the vowels of "gath" and "geth", which I assume is what you are referring to. In earlier part are you trying to differentiate "bad/bed" and "sad/said"? I don't hear the difference in these properly.

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I see. Can you give me any tips on how to differentiate those two phonemes? Especially tips related to mouth position, so i can practice at home Emotion: smile

The best I can probably do is refer you to Google search for something like mouth position for English vowel sounds. There is quite a lot of information available. This might be useful:

http://www.siff.us.es/fil/publicaciones/apuntes/teresals/apartado%204-0.pdf

Joaozin

I see. Can you give me any tips on how to differentiate those two phonemes? Especially tips related to mouth position, so i can practice at home

When a lamb makes its "aaaa" sound (link below), it's the sound of "a" in can, tan, man, and pan. There is no sound in the English language that requires the speaker to drop the jaw as much as the "lax a" of can, tan, etc. The jaw is not extended downward anywhere near as much for the "lax e" sound of ken, ten, etc. Be aware of the position of your jaw. Don't open too wide for the "e" in ken. Open very wide, in comparison, for the "a" in can.

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