British, American and Australian Accent Training - Stress in compound nouns

British, American and Australian Accent Audio Training – Stress in compound nouns

The stress in compound nouns can be on the first, middle or last syllable. So in this English accent training I’d like to go through some compound nouns and give you some pointers to help you tell which syllable is stressed. Remember: When you stress a syllable you make the vowel slightly longer, slightly higher in pitch and slightly louder. British, …

English Accent Reduction- Speak Naturally with Juncture

English Accent Reduction- Use Speech Juncture To Sound Natural

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 utterance. It’s a combination of …

Audio training- English words spelled differently but said the same

English words spelled (spelt) 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 can often get confused. I …

Accent reduction- When 'a' says A

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

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 ‘made’. This is the second most common …

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 speech more automatic in everyday …

English Accent – Don’t be Embarrassed- Don’t, Pronounce the P in These Words- AUDIO Lesson

Sometimes it can be embarrassing if you pronounce a silent letter in a word when you’re learning to speak with an English accent. Lots of people do this, because it’s confusing when the word is not said as it’s written! This is why it’s important to listen over and over to the English accent you want, so you make a …

English Accent Training- How To Pronounce Words With ‘ng’ at the end. AUDIO Lesson

English accent training can be confusing sometimes! We all know that when we write the consonant ‘ng’ /ŋ/, we see a ‘g’ letter  there, but when we say it, it’s not pronounced. Also, it doesn’t become a /k/ sound either. So when you’re practising your English accent training, think of it this way:- When you see ‘sh’ written, you don’t say …

English Accent- Pronounce 16 words ending in ‘ture’ AUDIO training lesson

The suffix ‘ture’, is a common word ending, and it’s important to know how to pronounce it for your English accent. I’ve made training lessons before about how to pronounce certain word common endings such as ‘tion‘, ‘al’ and ‘el’ ; ‘ly’; ‘ous’ , and this time for English accent practise, we’re going to practise the ‘ture’ ending. English Accent – American …

English Communication Skills- 8 Top Soft Skills Employers Look For

There are lots of different aspects to English communication skills, and some of them have come to be known as “soft skills’. Soft skills can be defined as interpersonal skills that you use when you work and interact with others. These skills are important because you need these skills as well as your professional technical skills, to be able to …

Accent reduction- English rhythm- learn about pausing

Accent Reduction- English Rhythm – Use the ‘Pause’ Correctly- AUDIO lesson

Accent Reduction- English Rhythm – Use the ‘Pause’ Correctly- AUDIO lesson     Learning to use pauses properly is important when you’re practising accent reduction and English rhythm. It helps you sound more like a native English speaker.  If you don’t use pauses correctly when speaking English, it can change the meaning of what you’re saying. PAUSE for meaning For …