English Pronunciation - What the 'a' letter can say

English Pronunciation tip- Sounds the ‘a’ Letter and Vowel 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 what you see on the …

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 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 …

AUDIO LESSON Accent reduction -12 animal idioms

Accent Reduction AUDIO lesson-Pronounce 12 Common English Animal Idioms Clearly

I found these cool common, animal idioms, and wanted to give you a chance to learn how to pronounce these English idioms correctly, and to understand when to use them.  At the same time, you get more accent reduction practise  material. Credit Analytical Grammar/Grammar Planet   Accent Reduction Practise- 12 English Idioms 1. Night owl –a person who is habitually active …

British Accent audio- great tip for syllable stress in English words

British Accent Audio Training (and other English accents)-Tip For Learning Word Stress

In this British accent audio training lesson, instead of focusing on how to say the de- stressed syllable, I have focused on the stressed syllable.  For some students it’s hard to use the schwa vowel to make a de-stressed syllable. Even though this lesson is titled British accent audio, the tip also applies for the other English accents such as …

Video How to say words with l and r in the same word

VIDEO How to say English Words With l And r In The Same Word

Sometimes, it’s even tricky for me to say English words that have /l/ and /r/ in the same word!  Sometimes it’s tricky because the /l/ and /r/ are close together, or because the word is long with multiple /l/ and /r/ sounds in it.  Basically, to pronounce these /l/ -/r/ words well, you need to just practise them till your …

Accent reduction- How to pronounce long English words beginning with pr

Audio: Accent Reduction-How To Pronounce Long English Words Beginning With ‘pr’

Accent reduction training in how to pronounce long English words beginning with ‘pr’, actually ‘kills two birds with the one stone’! Firstly, you make sure you don’t leave out the /r/ sound in the ‘pr’ consonant cluster. Secondly, you make sure you’re using a correct English /r/ sound, and at the same time, you get to practise correct syllable stress …

How to l;earn an English accent- 5 tips Actors can teach us

How To Learn An English Accent – 5 Tips Actors Can Teach Us

How To Learn An English Accent – 5 Tips Actors Can Teach Us I was recently talking to an actress about how to learn an English accent (or other accent) that wasn’t her native English accent.  She said she used ‘layering’. She said she listened over and over to someone speaking with the accent she wanted to use. At different …

Workplace culture- American Australia, Britain

The Differences In Work Place Culture. Great Tips- America, Australia and Britain.

I recently came across a great article written by a grammarly.com writer in which they detail 4 great tips about the differences in work place culture in America, Australia and Britain. The author goes into the areas of Communication styles, attitudes to office romances, dress codes and work/life balance in some detail. Of course even though in all 3 countries, …