English Audio Training -Words With a Silent ‘w’

English accent audio training- words with a silent 'w'

It can be a bit embarrassing when you realise you’ve pronounced a letter in a word that is meant to be silent! To help you master your English accent, this time we’ll focus on words with a silent /w/ in them. English Audio Training Lesson   Don’t Pronounce the ‘w’ in these words There are […]

English Accent Reduction- Use Speech Juncture To Sound Natural

English Accent Reduction- Speak Naturally with Juncture

Juncture is another element of intonation in English speech, and so is important for English accent reduction. As you will see from the examples below, it’s really important because if you don’t use it properly the meaning of what you are saying changes. Juncture is a kind of transition and pause between utterances or within an […]

English words spelled (spelt) differently but said the same

Audio training- English words spelled differently but said the same

As you study English, you come across many English words that are spelled differently, but said the same. These are English homophones. In this blog, I’m not going to go through them all – there are too many!! But, what I would like to do is go through some common homophones that students of English […]

English Accent Tip- How to say ts and ds words- seats-seeds

English Accent Tip- How to say ts and ds words- seats-seeds

In this audio lesson we’ll practise how to say words that are the same except for ‘ts’ or ‘ds’ at the end.  English Accent Tip 1 If the word ends in ‘ds’ (said ‘dz’), the vowel before it is said slightly longer, and has an up down quality to it.  English Accent Tip 2 When […]

English Accent -The 2 Sounds The ‘ow’ Diphthong Can Make

English Accent -The 2 Sounds The 'ow' Diphthong Can Make

English Accent -The 2 sounds the ‘ow’ diphthong can make   The most common sound the ‘ow’ diphthong says is ‘ow’ as in ‘cow’. The second most common sound it makes is ‘oe’ (as in toe).  The ‘ow’ mostly says ‘oe’ if it is at the end of a word. In this lesson we’re going […]

3 Things The Brain Needs To Reduce Your Accent

3 Things The Brain Needs To Reduce Your Accent

The three things the brain needs for you to reduce your accent, are also the 3 main things needed to change any behaviour or acquire any new skill. I recently participated in a workshop for ‘The Listening Program’, which is a great sound therapy program I’ve been using with students for a while now, and […]

English Pronunciation tip- Sounds the ‘a’ Letter and Vowel Can Say

English Pronunciation - What the 'a' letter can say

In thinking about this English pronunciation tip for sounds the ‘a’ letter and vowel can say, I need to first explain something. If your background language is a phonetic language, then reading and pronouncing English can be quite confusing. A phonetic language is one where you write the words exactly as they are spoken, or […]

Accent Reduction- When ‘a’ says A – AUDIO training

Accent reduction- When 'a' says A

In my last lesson, I covered the most common sounds the ‘a’ letter and vowel can make. So in this accent reduction audio training lesson, you will learn about when the ‘a’ letter says its letter name – A.  In other words, how to tell if ‘a’ should be pronounced as A /eɪ/ as in […]

English Pronunciation-Speak Like a Native- 8 Expressions With ‘Run’- AUDIO Lesson

All languages have expressions that aren’t always literal, so for this training lesson, we’ll practise English pronunciation and English expressions. We’ll ‘kill two birds with the one stone!’ – another English expression and we haven’t even started! I’ve made an audio lesson below so you can hear the English pronunciation of common expressions with the […]

English PODCAST with All Ears English-3 Important Accent Reduction Tips

Hi, I’m excited to share a recent accent reduction English podcast that I did with Lindsay from the American English Language school- All Ears English! The English podcast was great fun, and we went through some great accent reduction tips and pronunciation don’ts:- How to speak clearly more quickly How to make your new clear […]