11 Tricky English words-say them correctly-Audio lesson

11 Tricky English Words-Say Them Correctly-Audio Lesson

I bet you can think of at least 1 or 2  tricky English words you have trouble pronouncing or get stuck on. Or 1 or 2 tricky English words that you think you are saying correctly, but people keep asking you to repeat yourself because they haven’t understood you. Very frustrating indeed! Often during my skype  coaching lessons, or when …

English idioms and multisyllabic word stress AUDIO training dialog

English Multisyllablic Word Stress and Idioms- Dialog AUDIO lesson

Lately I’ve been working with customers who want to improve their IELTS score. Mastering stress in multisyllabic words and use of English idioms are important to include in your English pronunciation practise. Of course, these are important for anyone wanting to improve their speech clarity, not just those working towards a better IELTS score. English Multisyllabic Stress and English Idioms …

English Intonation- How to improve it

English Intonation- How To Improve It

English intonation, or intonation in any language, can be described as the music or melody of the language. It’s a pronunciation feature that is about how we say something rather than what words we’re using. English Intonation – The Main Elements How high or low your voice is -the pitch Stress certain syllables or words pauses for where you would …

The English Schwa sound -Why it's important

VIDEO- English Schwa Sound-Why Is It Important

English Schwa Sound- Why It’s Important I have written about the English schwa sound before, the unstressed vowel, and mentioned that it’s actually the most common vowel in English! That’s one of the reasons it’s so important in English. If you can’t say or use it in words, then you have trouble sounding natural in English. The English schwa sound …

Small English Pronunciation error with a big effect

Small English Pronunciation Error with a Big Effect- AUDIO

Sometimes it’s the small English pronunciation errors that can have a big effect on being understood easily when you speak. One English pronunciation error, that people make is to leave the /s/ sound out in the /ks/ consonant blend at the end of words. This is especially common if the word after it begins with a consonant also. Just this …

Cool Food Idioms You Can Find IN Your Fridge.

Cool Food Idioms You Can Find In Your Fridge

I recently shared a post by Analytical Grammar/ Grammar Planet’s post, about all the food idioms you can find just by looking in the fridge!  I’ll put the link in at the end of this post, as it’s a cool image as well. In the meantime, what I thought would be fun would be to take 7 of the most …

The difference between a British RP and American accent

The difference between a British RP and American Accent-VIDEO

One of the differences between a British RP accent and American accent, is that some words of more than one syllable are said with different stress on the syllables. Also listen to the difference in the way the trainer pronounces the vowels in the words for the British RP accent or the American accent. This is another opportunity to practise …

English Speaking Fluency-Practise this..

English Speaking Fluency- Practise This….

An important element in English speaking fluency is to say words ending in consonant blends in sentences, without leaving out one of the consonants. Then the next level of mastery in English speaking fluency is: To say all the sounds in the consonant blend at the end of words, and at the same time to link the last consonant to …

How British and Americans pronounce 'er'

How British and Americans pronounce ‘er’ differently- audio lesson

As I listen to audio assessments people have sent me, I notice there is some confusion regarding how British and Americans pronounce ‘er’ differently especially at the end of words. If you are speaking with a British accent or Australian accent generally, you don’t pronounce the /r/ sound when ‘er’ is at the end of words. The exception is when …

5 worst pronunciation errors ESL students make

5 Worst Pronunciation Errors ESL Students Make

I have been working with people for over 35 years now helping them to speak clearly. In that time I have noticed that no matter what the non- English language background, there are some common  pronunciation errors ESL students make. 5 Worst Pronunciation Errors ESL Students Make- Number 1 Pronouncing the /t/ and /d/ sounds incorrectly. Most languages have a …