Yoga colors

Color Vowel Yoga

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the color vowel chart is a powerful

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visual tool that enables teachers and

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learners to talk easily and accurately

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about the sounds of English hi I’m Karen

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and we’re going to do some valley yoga

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together join me over here the reason

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we’re doing this is because it’s really

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quite difficult to notice what we’re

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doing in our vocal tract with our tongue

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our jaw and our lips so Valley Yoga is a

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way to externalise what’s going on

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inside of our vocal tract so everything

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we’re going to do with our hands right

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now is a corollary or an analogy a

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visual analogy for what’s happening

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inside of our vocal tract as we create

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these sounds so join me this way make

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sure you’re facing the same direction I

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am so that we’re like mirror images of

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each other good start here at the top

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e ya e ya ya ya hear it ah this sound is

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known as black ah ah notice that my

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hands are not down because that will be

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a different sound ah they’re here at

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sort of a 45 degree angle ah yeah yeah

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yeah yeah yeah good now let’s go all the

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way through to our back valves which are

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back here so here we are at E yeah why

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yeah why yeah ah ah is a nice place to

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land black because it’s a unique vowel

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sound it’s not very common in other

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languages very common in American

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English so we’ll come back to that time

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it again black okay coming up through

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the middle though let’s start down here

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at ah

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ah ah ah ah watch my mouth as I produce

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both of those sounds ah ah ah ah notice

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the black or ah it’s still a front vowel

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and all of these front vowels have a

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certain smile quality to them so as long

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as your mouth is tensed in a smile kind

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of position it will belong over here

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after you pass this midline all of these

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foul sounds involve a gradual closing of

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the lips so we have ah ah and here is

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our sound we have a lowering of the jaw

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and an opening of the lips to a big

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smile II why with our bodies

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yeah why let’s go down here ah ah ah

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right here we’re coming down from olive

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olive sock up through the central part

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of the vocal tract up through cup of

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mustard ah

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to purple ah say that after me purple

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shirt purple shirt ah that’s that

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special American our sound as we call it

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or purple very different from other

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languages that use an R sound where most

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other languages involve a hitting a

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tapping of the tongue against the roof

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of the mouth like a in Spanish for

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example or a in French for example but

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the American our sound comes up with the

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tongue in the jaw our our notice that it

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does not touch that it remains just

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short of touching the top of the mouth

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let’s go through the individual sounds

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in the color vowel chart green tea e

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silver pin in grade a a red dress a

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black cat ah Olive sock ah

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Auburn dog all brown cow

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ow rose coat o wooden hook uh blue moon

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ooh

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your eye watch how it moves

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ah I white tie those two words contain

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the featured vowel sound I white tie I

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over here similarly we have boy which is

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in this case it’s a very big mover it

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starts over here in the vocal tract oh

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yeah oh yeah yeah try again oh yeah in

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linguistic terms we’d call it a

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diphthong but when we teach our learners

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we don’t necessarily have to use that

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terminology and by not using it we can

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use learners attention for the bigger

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concepts that actually help you become

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more comprehensible

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I’d now like to introduce you to a sound

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of English that is so pervasive that

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many native speakers of English aren’t

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even aware of its existence and that

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sound is schwa choir’s special because

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it’s what happens to other vowel sounds

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when they’re not stressed we’ll look at

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a few examples but first let’s look at

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an analogy that we’ll use and here I

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want you to imagine that you are playing

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football and that you are the goalie in

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this analogy our body is going to behave

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a lot like our vocal tract so if you’re

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here and you’re a football goalie we’re

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here like this remember that you have to

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be ready for the ball the ball might

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come here or the ball might go there or

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the ball might come straight up at your

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face or the ball might go low and

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therefore we stay right in the middle so

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that our bodies are ready to go wherever

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we need to to go ok similarly when we’re

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speaking English our vocal tract remains

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in a neutral position so that we’re

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ready for the stress syllable that’s

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coming whatever the word or the phrases

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our minds are thinking ahead to that

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stress syllable and therefore when the

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time comes if we’re centered in the

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middle we’re ready to go toward that

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stress syllable

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about a about notice that what my body

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is doing is similar to what the chart

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does that we’re here at a about a about

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about is Brown ow about brown cow about

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but that first syllable is a schwa on

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the color vowel chart is represented by

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a cup of mustard not all of that phrase

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is schwa however only the small function

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words a as an a cup a cup of and of of a

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cup of mustard so we have two stressed

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herbs which are a cup and mustard and

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two unstressed schwa sounds which are

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very similar

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but shorter and less conspicuous of

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a cup of mustard a cup of mustard so

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this phrase really helps us explore that

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issue of stressed and unstressed of okay

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so pay attention to that and repeat it a

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cup of mustard a cup of mustard a cup of

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mustard great banana banana

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very slowly that word is banana banana

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banana notice what’s happening there we

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have one stressed syllable banana banana

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banana black hat banana the other two

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syllables the first book and the third

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no are right up here in schwa banana

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banana banana banana is a great example

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of how the same letter can behave in two

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different ways in English in the case of

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banana there are two sounds that the

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letter A can make one is the stress

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sound in the word which is banana black

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and the other is schwa in the first and

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third syllables but-but-but man banana

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remember it’s all about stress it’s all

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about stress it’s all about stress red

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it’s all about stress it’s all about

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stress I’d say that Freight has olive

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and red it’s all about stressed

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to learn more about the color vowel

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chart visit w-w-w our

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and a little like the world on a

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longboard wiki bars on the swell summer

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rod on every wave that approaches while

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of the cycle them Sir

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