Words in this practice session were taken from the 99 most common words we speak in American English, so the sooner you can cue-and-say them quickly and easily -- without planning ahead in your mind -- the better. Words have been classified according to the eight handshapes involved. A few words as classified may not be consistent with your pronunciation. For example, if you say "with" using a voiceless /xh/ as in "myth," you should probably move the word out of handshape 2 and into handshape 7. Those who say "which" with a /w/ as in "witch" should move such /wh/* words to handshape 6.

If any of the words are awkward for you to cue at first, check them for concentrated practice later. One very good technique for practicing the "awkward" words is to begin very slowly -- one half the speed at which you can now cue them -- and then increase your speed very gradually to the point where you feel you are losing control over your fingers. At that point go back to half speed and begin again, gradually increasing your speed as before. This will help you to build up speed and accuracy.

Handshape 1:
do . down . good . had . people . up . would . world

Handshape 2:
another . as . back . because . can . come . has . have . his . is . I've . like . make . of . other . over . take . that . the . their . then . than . there . therefore . these . they . things . think . this . use(verb) . very . was . with* . work

Handshape 3:
are . for . from . great . had . has. have . he . here . him . his . home . how . it's . just . more . most . or . our . say . see . so . some . thei .r there . therefore . this . us . use(nown) . very . who . year . your

Handshape 4:
about . and . another . any . back . be . because . been . but . by . can . down . in . into . know . man . many . men . name . no . not . now . often . on . one . only . own . then . want . what* . when* .which*

Handshape 5:
a . about . after . all . am . an . and . another . any . are . as . at . but . by . come . down . first . for . from . get . got . great . him . home . how . I . I'll . in . into . is . it . it's . I've . just . like . make . man . many . men . more . most . name . not . now . of . often . on . only . or . other . our . over . own . say . some . take . that . them . therefore . they . time . to . too . up . us . way . went . what*

Handshape 6:
all . I'll . last . like . one . only . people . was . way . we . well . were . will . with .work . would . world

Handshape 7:
get . go . good . got . great . just . thing . things . think

Handshape 8:
things . think . use(noun) . use(verb) . which . year . you . your

The following phrases and sentences are "pure gold"; practice with them will put you on the road to fluency. Start off very slowly because eventually you will want to build up your speed to approximately ten sentences per minute! Use liaison where marked (-).

"That was good." "That was very good." "This-is good." "This-is very good!" "Good for you!" "This-is very good for you." "Take some more." "It's good for you!""Have some more." "have-another one." "Come back here!" "I've just got back." "I just got home from work." "I've been-at work." "What did you do?" Do you see those people?" "Who are they/" "Time to get-up now." "Where-are they from?" "You can come with-us-if you like." "It's-all-over now." "We saw them last year." "No more for now." "That-is the last one you can have." "Do you know her/" II think so." "I think-I'll go this year." "Who is-it/" "Where-is-it/" "Which-is-it/" "What-is-it?" "When-is-it/" "Because-I say so!" "Come back to see us-often." "You got-up-after I went to work." "I think you will." "You say that very well!" "What-is your name?" "His name-is_____." "It's for your-own good." "You were just great!" "Time to come-in." "Time to do your work." "Come down from there!" "You and-I will be there." "He got-out just-in time." "You can do it." "It's been good to know you." "Great to have you with-us." "What-is that-all-about?" "Take some with you." "What would you like?" "Do you know what you would like?" "Come-in, or go out." "What-a great man he is!" "About what-time will you be home?" "You were in the way." "We will be back." "I'll be back-at one." "Some people think so." "Do it your-own way." "Another time will do." "Do it just because-I say so." "I'll do it-after you go." "Mostr-of them will be back this year." "Take your time." "I know you can do it." "What-time-is-it?" "Think-about that." "What more can-I do for you?" "This-is the way we do it." "Get well soon." "What-in the world can we do?" "Take-it from me." "Do it well-or not-at-all." "Do you think-it will work?" "What use do you have for that?"

Now make up some sentences of your own from these 99 most common spoken words and add them to your repertoire. One further tip for developing fluency: Get the sentence in your mind,look away from the computer screen (or paper , and then cue-and-say. Reading while cueing can slow you down considerably. It can also trick you into cueing words as they are spelled rather than words as we normally say them. Then there are some people who speak very fluently but whose reading aloud is choppy and halting. Take no chances with your oral reading skills while learning to cue. And the best practice occurs when you cue-and-say directly to another person. There is no better carry-over for skills.

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