Review of how to form “ae”: Open your mouth wide. Your tongue should be raised about half way up inside your mouth. Your tongue tip can either be just behind your lower front teeth or slightly on your lower front teeth.
Illustration of correct lip and tongue placement Illustration of correct tongue placement
Practice the following words.
1. hand 2. ask 3. land 4. and 5. act 6. have 7. man 8. map 9. can 10. had
11. happy 12. manager 13. can't 14. am 15. that 16. at 17. apple 18. accept 19. natural 20. application
Practice the following sentences. 1. The man shook hands with the president. 2. Did you ask him for a map? 3. We now have a new manager. 4. Jack ate a red apple. 5. My plane will land in Boston at 7pm. 6. John canact very well. 7. We can't seem to find your application. 8. It's only natural to feel that way. 9. I am very happy about my new job. 10. Mary enjoys drinking coffee and eating danish.
Practice the following paragraph. Since I started my new job, I have been traveling quite a bit. I have to admitthat I am not very happy about it. When I asked my manager to reduce my travel time, he said that he is in the process of acceptingapplications for new employees. He is anticipating that he will haveat least two more employees on board by the end of the month. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this happens because I can't stand being away from my family so much.
Idiom: keep one’s fingers crossed Definition: hope one is lucky