Review of how to form “ay”: Open your mouth wide and tense the muscles of your tongue. Raise your tongue about half way up inside your mouth. As you say this sound, bring your teeth closer together, form a smile, and end with “ee.”
Illustration of correct mouth position Illustration of correct tongue placement
Practice the following words.
1. ate 2. came 3. today 4. date 5. name 6. say 7. complain 8. neighbor 9. mistake 10. made
11. hallway 12. day 13. same 14. subway 15. airplane 16. train 17. main 18. wait 19. gate 20. mail
Practice the following sentences.
Before I came to work, I ate breakfast.
What is today'sdate?
People tell me my name is too hard to say.
My neighborcomplains when my dog barks.
I made a mistake on my project.
Do you take the samesubway to work every day?
Your mail is in the hallway.
Please wait for me at the maingate.
The airplane John took had mechanical difficulties.
Practice the following paragraph. A strange man moved into my neighborhood one year ago today. He is single, lives alone, and picks up his mail at the same time every day. The neighborssay his name is Harry, and he pretty much keeps to himself. Although I haven’t really spoken to him, he does wave and smile at me whenever I see him. I guess some people aren’t as sociable as others.
Idiom: keep to one’s self Definition: avoid contact or communication with others