English Accent Reduction- Speak Naturally with Juncture

English Accent Reduction- Use Speech Juncture To Sound Natural

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 utterance. It’s a combination of …

Audio training- English words spelled differently but said the same

English words spelled (spelt) 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 can often get confused. I …

Neutralise Your Accent-Words With Invisible Syllables

Neutralize Your Accent-Words With Invisible Syllables

Words with ‘invisible syllables’ can be tricky to pronounce because what you see isn’t what you say! Words with invisible syllables, means words where we don’t say one of the syllables in a word written with 3 or more syllables. A word in English can be broken down into letters, and also syllables. It’s important to know which syllables are …

English Accent Tip- How to say ts and ds words- seats-seeds

English Accent Tip- How to say ts and ds words- seats-seeds

In this audio lesson we’ll practise how to say words that are the same except for ‘ts’ or ‘ds’ at the end.  English Accent Tip 1 If the word ends in ‘ds’ (said ‘dz’), the vowel before it is said slightly longer, and has an up down quality to it.  English Accent Tip 2 When you practise saying words together …

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 …

3 Things The Brain Needs To Reduce Your Accent

3 Things The Brain Needs To Reduce Your Accent

The three things the brain needs for you to reduce your accent, are also the 3 main things needed to change any behaviour or acquire any new skill. I recently participated in a workshop for ‘The Listening Program’, which is a great sound therapy program I’ve been using with students for a while now, and these 3 things the brain …

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 Accent Reduction- 80% Of The Road To Success is…..

So what is 80% of the road to success in English accent reduction? Have you ever felt overwhelmed by all the sounds, stress patterns etc that you may need to work on for your accent reduction? It’s natural to feel this, but 80% of the road to success for clear English speech, is to just take the first step. You …