I see that you have ‘egg’ as a GRAY word on your website. I would categorize it as a RED word. When using your tool (which I think is very creative and innovative), is regional pronunciation ok?
– Jennifer Fitzgerald, K-12 ESL Teacher
Manchester Essex Regional School District, MA
Thanks for getting in touch, Jennifer! Your question is a great one, and our answer is YES– in fact, regional pronunciations are more than ok, they’re what spoken English is all about! The Color Vowel™ Chart supports positive and productive conversations about accent variation.
Now look at all those color options, and you’ll notice something:
We’ve designed the Color Vowel™ Chart to mirror the continuum of movement in jaw/lips/tongue precisely so that we can convey the ‘rightness’ of accent variation: that if you say egg with GRAY and I say it with RED, we still understand each other without a hitch despite this slight difference in vowel quality.
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