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 -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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

Video How to say 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 […]

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

Practise 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/ […]

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

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 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 […]

How to Pronounce ‘world’ and other English ‘wor’ words AUDIO lesson

English Pronunciation How to pronounce 'world' and other 'wor' words

I am often asked the following question when working with English pronunciation, “How do I pronounce the word ‘world?’ ” Because of the spelling it is tricky! Is it:  world /wɔːrld/ (American) , /wɔːld/ (British/Australian)   or  world /wɝːld/ (American),  /wɜːld/ (Brit/Aussie)?? If you picked the 2nd lot where the ‘or’ says ‘er’ you were right.  So here […]