IPA phoneme /æ/
Some common words which practice the pronunciation of /æ/ include the following:
- act - add - and - ankle - band - bad - bat - can - hand - land - man - sad - stand;
- homophones: band/banned.
Anticipated pronunciation difficulties depending on L1
Preconceived ideas and other interferences from L1 obviously interfere in many cases with how students perceive - and pronounce - sounds/words in English. The following sections aims to point out some of the most typical difficulties teachers and students may encounter regarding pronunciation.