Because speechreading (lipreading) is an integral part of Cued Speech, it is essential that the mouth be totally visible at all times while cueing. One way to ensure this is to keep the middle finger of your cueing hand at least a quarter of an inch from the "end of your smile" and lightly touching your cheek. Obviously, for handshapes 1 and 6 you'll observe this rule with your index finger. You'll want to be especially careful if a hearing-impaired person is watching you from your cueing side. It might be wise to turn and face the person directly if there is any question of his/her not seeing your lips. During initial practice sessions watch yourself carefully in a mirror; but don't always watch your cue positions from head-on. Angle your head slightly to the left if you're cueing with your right hand and check carefully for total visibility of your mouth.

Cues at the chin position should always be made with your index finger (or middle finger for handshape 3 no higher than your "dimple." Again, lightly touch your chin so that the cues won't block a clear view of your lips. During the "Beginning Lessons in Cued Speech" cassette tape for handshape8 you were instructed to be especially careful when cueing the /y/ (as in "you" and "lawyer"), the /ng/ (as in "singer") and the /ch/ (as in "chew," "chalk," "cheap," and "church"). Touch with the middle finger at the mouth and the index finger at the chin position.

Begin with these practice words to reinforce total lip visibility with handshape 8 for /y/, /ng/, and /ch/:

"ye" (middle finger a quarter inch beyond the end of
             your smile and lightly touching your cheek)
"you" (index finger no higher than the dimple on 
             your chin)
"yearn" (8-m,4-s)[That's the 8 handshape at the mouth
             and the 4 handshape at the side.]
"yen" (8-c,4-s) {That's 8-chin, 4-side.)
"yawn" (8-c,4-s) "yeast" (8-m,3-s,5-s)
"yield" (8-m,6-s,1-s) "Sawyer" (3-c,8-m)
"clothier" (2-s,6-s/f,2-s,8-m) [klohth-yur]
"signora" (3-m,4-s,8-c,3-s/d)
"familiar" (5-s/d,5-t,6-s,8-m) [fu-mil-yur]
"billiard" (4-t,6-s,8-m,1-s)

Try these on your own; then check to see if you used the correct cues by clicking the underlined word:

"yell" "yet" "yes" "yellow" "yelp" "you're" "youth" "use" "view" "cue" "hue" "muse" "beauty" "few" "fuse" "confuse" "value" "cuter" "bugle""Chester" "chaser" "check" "chief" "church" "cherry" "chirp" "cheaper" "choice" "Chaucer" "choose" "future" "feature" "computer"

Now practice a few of these with other handshapes:

"perceive" "bursar" "Jeepster" "learner" "clever" "firmer" "Horner" "center" "scooter" "burner" "corner" "gender" "accuser" "refuse" "sooner" "tenor" "lunar" "racer" "roofer" "booster" "rooster" "Schuster" "boutique" "mystique" "chic" "cheek" "leak" "weaker" "sneaker" "sawteed" "player" "gayer" "ordeal" "Vader"

Try these sentences for carry-over practice:

"Did you work on your (yer ?) reading?"
"I can't help yawning when I'm sleepy."
"Cheep! Cheep! Cheep! chirps the chicken."
"The feature picture is Tom Sawyer."
"Did you see Darth Vader in Star Wars?"

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yel [[8-c,6-s]

yet [8-c,5-s]

yes [8-c,3-s]

yeloh [8-c,6-s/f]

yelp [8-c,6-s,1-s]

yoor [8-t,3-s] (or) yuer [8-c,3-w]

yuexh [8-c,7-s]

yuez [8-c,2-s] (or) yues[8-c,3-s]

vyue [2-s,8-c]

kyue [2-s,8-c]

hyue [3-s,8-c]

kunfyuez [2-s/d,4-s,5-s,8-c,2-s]

Chestur [8-c,3-s,5-m]

church [8-m,8-s]

cheepur [8-m,1-m]

fyuechur [5-s,8-c,8-m]

kumpyuetur [2-s/d,5-s,1-s,8-c,5-m]

purseev [1-m,3-m,2-s] bursur [4-m,3-m]

klevur [2-s,6-c,2-m]

sentur [3-c,4-s,5-m]

skuetur [3-s,2-c,5-m]

ukyuezur [5-s/d,2-s,8-c,2-m]

buestur [4-c,3-s,5-m]

shuestur [6-c,3-s,5-m]

misteek [5-t,3-s,5-m,2-s]

geiur [7-c,5-t,5-m]

vaydur [2-c,5-t,1-m,]











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