English Schwa Words

Eng­lish Schwa Words-Quiz Com­pe­ti­tion

What do I mean by the title  Eng­lish schwa words – quiz? You can win a free 8 page guide with pro­nun­ci­a­tion instruc­tions spe­cif­ic to your lan­guage back­ground. Fol­low­ing on from my last arti­cle, I want­ed to bring you some more prac­tise at lis­ten­ing for the stressed and de stressed vow­els in words. This time though, I’m focus­ing on you hear­ing …

English Pronunciation fluency -training lesson

IELTS flu­en­cy Train­ing les­son

A major ele­ment for great IELTS results is Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion flu­en­cy.  You need to be able to hear and use the Eng­lish weak and strong forms in words of more than one syl­la­ble. I have writ­ten about this before, but this time I want to actu­al­ly train you to attune your ear to be able to hear which syllable/s are … 

How To Pro­nounce Eng­lish- Audio Train­ing-A com­mon Mis­take

A com­mon mis­take peo­ple make when they’re learn­ing how to pro­nounce Eng­lish words, is to always pro­nounce words as they are writ­ten. There are lots of lan­guages where how a word is writ­ten is how you you say it. Not so with Eng­lish. About 80% of words in Eng­lish can be pro­nounced more or less as they are writ­ten -though … 

Voice Training- 4 Tips For Voice Fitness

4 Great Tips For Voice train­ing and Fit­ness

While there are lots of things we can do for voice train­ing and fit­ness, I want­ed to give you a heads up on 4 tips that are impor­tant to keep your voice in good shape. Whether you are pre­sent­ing to oth­ers, teach­ing, talk­ing a lot at work or for­mal­ly doing voice train­ing, the fol­low­ing tips will help your voice stay strong … 

An unfortunate accent reduction story

An Unfor­tu­nate Accent Reduc­tion Sto­ry

A lit­tle while ago I was brain­storm­ing some accent reduc­tion  ideas with the man­ag­er of a large com­pa­ny (Suzie), who had used my Aus­tralian accent course to gain an Aus­tralian accent. She told me about a meet­ing she had been in a few days ear­li­er. She said she was a lit­tle shocked at what hap­pened. She had con­vened a meet­ing …

English pronunciation training. Are you using a key word sentence?

Eng­lish Pro­nun­ci­a­tion Train­ing- Do You Use A Key Word Sen­tence?

Using a key word sen­tence whether you are still work­ing on your Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion train­ing, or whether you are prac­tis­ing a new  accent in Eng­lish, or whether you are about to do an Eng­lish speak­ing test for Exam­ple like an IELTS test, real­ly helps. I was lis­ten­ing to an actress talk­ing on the radio the oth­er day. The actress was say­ing …

10 often mispronounced English words and phrases

10 Often Mis­pro­nounced Eng­lish words and phras­es

These 10 often mis­pro­nounced Eng­lish words and phras­es caught my eye and I thought they would be use­ful. I have includ­ed some notes to help you to pro­nounce these Eng­lish words and phras­es. Mis­pro­nounced  Eng­lish Word 1 It’s not :antar­tic             It’s: antarc­tic You need to keep the ‘c’ sound in before the /t/. Slow down … 

5 Major Pronunciation Don'ts

5 Major Pro­nun­ci­a­tion DON’TS

Some­times we are so busy pay­ing atten­tion to what we should be doing that we for­get to also notice what not to do, hence 5 major pro­nun­ci­a­tion don’ts. Pro­nun­ci­a­tion Don’t 1 Don’t expect to change your accent com­plete­ly to sound like a native in only  a few weeks. It takes months and months of prac­tise to begin to sound like a native speak­er. Of … 

accent reduction puzzle. When a vowel letter is said as a consonant

Have a look at this accent reduc­tion puz­zle. Words spelt with a vow­el but said as a con­so­nant.

In this accent reduc­tion puz­zle, as usu­al, there are excep­tions and unusu­al spellings and pro­nun­ci­a­tion in Eng­lish. Let’s have a look at the accent reduc­tion puz­zle of words spelt with a vow­el that is pro­nounced as a con­so­nant. Because of this, some accent reduc­tion stu­dents some­times miss pro­nounce these words. The first accent reduc­tion puz­zle  is the ‘u’ in ‘qu’ The … 

How To Learn an English Accent Using 12 Phrases

How to Learn An Eng­lish Accent using 12 phras­es – Audio Les­son

Well you might won­der about how to learn an Eng­lish accent using 12 Eng­lish phras­es. It all start­ed when a cus­tomer asked a ques­tion! He was actu­al­ly ask­ing about phrasal verbs, and as I answered him, I realised that in just 12 phras­es you can prac­tise how to learn an Eng­lish accent. Not only that, but you can also add …