PG-2: EF-B
PRACTICE FOR CLEAR DISTINCTIONS BETWEEN HANDSHAPES 2 AND 7

Handshape 2 for consonants /k/(as in "key"), /v/(as in "vow"), /z/(as in "zoo"), and the voiced /th/ (as in "though") is made with the index and middle fingers extended, the thumb hidden behind the palm, and the "ring" and little fingers also folded against the palm out of sight. Handshape 7 for consonants /g/(as in "go"), /j/(as in "Joe"), and the voiceless /xh/(as in "thick") might appear very similar to handshape 2 if the thumb were not prominently displayed at a right angle to the index and middle fingers. Which problem do you have? Do you tend to let the thumb become slightly visible while making handshape 2, or is the thumb mostly parallel (rather than at right angles) to the index and middle fingers for 7?

It may help to make handshape 2 clearer if you keep your thumb lightly touching your ring finger across your palm. Don't try to hold your thumb tense against your palm ot it may become cramped and uncomfortable. For the 7 handshape, keep your thumb as vertical (right angle) to the two extended fingers as you can without straining. Also watch yourself in the mirror to make sure you don't tip the thumb toward yourself. Keep the whole hand configuration parallel with your body.

Cue-and-say this first set of simple one-syllable word contrasts four or five times, reversing word order at random. Watch your thumb position in a mirror or ask a partner to monitor your cues.

"key"[2-m]              "G"[7-m]
"G"                     "key"
"though"[2-s/f]         "Joe"[7-s/f]
"thy"[2-s,5-t]          "thigh"[7-s,5-t]
"joy"[7-c,5-t]          "coy"[2-c,5-t]
"Kay"                   "Jay"
"Jake"                  "cage"
"Keith" [2-m,7-s]       "thieves"[7-m,2-s,2,s]
"the" /thuh/[2-s/d]     "judge"[7-s/d,7-s]
"Vic"                   "thick"
"gauze"                 "cause"
"goes"                  "those"
"Oak Ridge"
"age"                   "ache"
"jerk"                  "curve"
"visor"[2-s,5-t,2-m]    "geyser"[7-s.5-t,2-m]
"bath"                  "back"
"thought"               "caught"
"jazz"                  "vac"
"joke"                  "coke"
"thumb"                 "come"
"earthy"[5-m,7-t]       "worthy"[6-m,2-t]
"teeth"                 "tease"
"toothache"[5-c,7-c,5-t,2-s] 
The next set of practice words is a little more difficult because of the consonant clusters. Keep the visual contrast between 2 and 7 clear.

"crow"[2-s,3-s/f]       "grow" [7-s,3-s/f]
"grew"                  "crew"
"caves"[2-c,5-t,2-s,2-s]"cages"[2-c,5-t,7-t,2-s]
"eggs"[5-c,7-s,2-s]     "X"[5-c,2-s,3-s]
"oxen"                  "Ogden"
"locks"                 "lodge"
"vox"                   "jocks"
Continue to keep handshapes 2 and 7 clearly distinctive in these practice phrases and sentences.

"Throgs Neck Bridge"
"Dig that great jazz!"
"Great oaks from little acorns grow."
"A thick wedge of Velveeta cheese"
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag..."
"Get me the hedge clippers."
"Sink the Jolly Roger!
"Reggie Jackson" "Michael Jackson"
"Venezuela is in South America."
"Thank George for that."
"That's JFK."
"A thick, green carpet of grass."
"Be careful on the Jungle Jim."
"Take good care of your teeth."
"He's very good on a grass court."
"The canals of Venice have gondolas/"
"Judge Jones is in court."
"Do you like grapefruit juice or orange juice?"

Although the emphasiss in this supplementary practice exercise was on clear visual distinctions between handshapes 2 and 7, the words, phrases and sentences included should also help to improve your general proficiency with Cued Speech.


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