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 …

Pronunciation Tips- Words with the ‘tw’ consonant cluster

I thought I would give you some pronunciation tips  on how to pronounce the ‘tw’ consonant cluster- especially at the beginning of words. I have given training on other consonant clusters before- words with ‘ts’;  words with ‘pr’;  words ending in ‘ths’.– and this time, especially as I have recently had a few students who have found this tricky, it’s time for …

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 word ‘run’ to practise your …

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- Sound Natural – How To Use The Intrusive ‘y’ AUDIO Training

When we want to be super clear with our English accent, we do need to choose to make every sound clearly. We may be emphasising a point, presenting to others, going for a job interview etc. Most of the time though, just like in any language, we tend to be less precise. To sound more natural with your English accent, …

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 …