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, …

Video- Speak English Naturally -pronounce tle correctly

Speak English Naturally- tle words- VIDEO

Speak English Naturally – tle words   Pronounce Words Ending in ‘tle’ Confidently   Words bottle little settle metal (not spelt the same but said the same- there’s the very short schwa between T and L) subtle what’ll ( what’ll you do)  3 sentences with these words. What’ll you do with the bottle? The little battle was in the settlement. …

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

English 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 lots of words in English …

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 to concentrate on words that …

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 pronunciation audio training-pronounce words when the h is silent

English accent-Pronounce English Words With The Silent /h/ Letter

It can often be difficult to pronounce English words because you have to know if there is a silent letter in the word or not. This time I thought I would focus in on English words where the /h/ sound is silent. Of course, most of the time when you see a word spelled with an /h/ in it you do …

Practise how to pronounce words when the letter s says /z/

Audio lesson- How To Pronounce Words When The Letter ‘s’ Says /z/

How to pronounce words when the letter ‘s’ says /z/ To pronounce words when the letter ‘s’ says  the /z/ sound, first you need to know that the /s/ and /z/ sounds are minimal pair sounds in English. That means, they’re made with exactly the same mouth movements except that when you say the /z/ sound, you switch on your …

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 …

How to pronounce English words that sound similar

VIDEO English Words That Sound Similar -How To Pronounce Them

  English Words That Sound Similar -How To Pronounce Them I recently asked customers which English words they get mixed up when they’re trying to pronounce them, and I got quite a few. Thank you to everyone who contributed. The interesting thing is, quite a few of the English words show a confusion between the ‘aw’ vowel and the ‘oe’ …

The difference between British RP and American accents when t says d

Video- Difference Between British RP and American accent- When t says d

One Key Difference Between British RP And American Accents – When /t/ says /d/. Difference Between British RP and American Accent- When /t/ says /d/ In American English the /t/ consonant says a light, quick, flapped or tapped/d/ when: the /t/ is between 2 vowels such as in later, rating. the /t/ is between an /r/ and a vowel as …