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 … 

English Accent Training part 1. Stress and intonation

Eng­lish Accent Train­ing Part1. How To Use Our Course for Eng­lish Stress & Into­na­tion Train­ing

Sam was a high­ly suc­cess­ful pro­fes­sion­al who had mas­tered his Eng­lish accent train­ing to pro­nounce all the Eng­lish sounds cor­rect­ly, by using our Speak More Clear­ly accent train­ing course. All his sounds were even still clear when he spoke in sen­tences and chat­ted on the phone to clients. But, every now and then he would get puz­zled looks from col­leagues and … 

Speak Eng­lish Like A Native – VIDEO

Speak Eng­lish Like A Native – VIDEO Hi, Esther here from Speak More Clear­ly – in this video you will learn great tips on how to speak Eng­lish like a native! A super use­ful tip to speak Eng­lish like a native speak­er is to use con­trac­tions when you speak. Oth­er­wise, your speech sounds very for­mal, and not nat­u­ral like a native … 

Understand English slang words and ohrases

Have a Laugh – Eng­lish Slang Words

As it’s com­ing up to the end of the year I thought  a bit of a laugh would be good. Below are pas­sages using Aus­tralian, Amer­i­can and British Eng­lish slang words. Even if you don’t use  slang in your speech, you still need to under­stand what speak­ers are say­ing when they use Eng­lish slang words and phras­es. Mind you, I think … 

English vowels . 4 great tips . don't cut them short

Eng­lish Vow­els. 4 Great Tips. Don’t cut them short.

If you don’t want peo­ple to keep ask­ing where you are from… and if you don’t want peo­ple to keep say­ing ‘excuse me?’.. make sure you learn to say the Eng­lish vow­els cor­rect­ly.  Besides mim­ic­k­ing the vow­el exact­ly, you need to be care­ful not to cut them short in words, espe­cial­ly in longer sen­tences.  When a vow­el is said incor­rect­ly …

Why You don't Speak Flowing English

Why You Don’t Speak Flow­ing Eng­lish

One of my stu­dents said it all the oth­er day. She said she final­ly got it. She realised the rea­son peo­ple don’t speak flow­ing Eng­lish is they for­get to link it up once they learn to how to pro­nounce Eng­lish clear­ly. She said she was so busy being care­ful to pro­nounce every word and sound, that she didn’t realise that … 

next level English pronunciation when 'e' isn't silent

Next lev­el Eng­lish Pro­nun­ci­a­tion. When Silent ‘e’ Isn’t Silent- Audio lesson

  There are lots of lit­tle tricks  to next lev­el Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion. One of them is to know when the silent ‘e’ isn’t silent, and when it’s used as a ‘buffer vow­el’. A buffer vow­el is a vow­el that isn’t nor­mal­ly pro­nounced, but that does get pro­nounced in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions. So silent ‘e’ is nor­mal­ly silent, but when used as a … 

Pronounce English words with tricky beginning sounds

Pro­nounce Eng­lish Words With Tricky Begin­ning Sounds

Pro­nounce Eng­lish Words With Tricky Begin­ning Sounds Did you know that only 20 % of Eng­lish words don’t ‘play fair’? That is 20% of words aren’t spelt as they sound. That’s a sur­prise! I thought the per­cent of unfair words was greater. Below are some words that are hard to look up in a dic­tio­nary because they aren’t writ­ten as … 

The Best way to communicate with your Filipino VA

The Best Way To Com­mu­ni­cate With Your Fil­ipino VA.

Have you ever con­sid­ered the best way to com­mu­ni­cate with your Fil­ipino team mem­bers?  Or, may­be you need to help your VA com­mu­ni­cate more effec­tive­ly with your cus­tomers and clients. Alter­na­tive­ly, you may want them to be able to tone down their Amer­i­can accent, or speak with an Aus­tralian accent when speak­ing to your Aus­tralian cus­tomers. The Best Way To … 

English Accent. How to pronounce words starting with 'ex'

Eng­lish Accent. How To Pro­nounce ‘ex’ At The Begin­ning Of Words. Audio Lesson

I hadn’t even thought of it, but one of my cus­tomers emailed me to ask if there was a rule about this.  He was prac­tis­ing his Eng­lish accent  and want­ed to know when ‘ex’ says ‘eks’ and when it says ‘gz’.  Mind you in some parts of Amer­i­ca it is pro­nounced as ‘iks’ not ‘eks’. There is a rule about …