How British and Americans pronounce 'er'

How British and Amer­i­cans pro­nounce ‘er’ dif­fer­ent­ly- audio les­son

As I lis­ten to audio assess­ments peo­ple have sent me, I notice there is some con­fu­sion regard­ing how British and Amer­i­cans pro­nounce ‘er’ dif­fer­ent­ly espe­cial­ly at the end of words. If you are speak­ing with a British accent or Aus­tralian accent gen­er­al­ly, you don’t pro­nounce the /r/ sound when ‘er’ is at the end of words. The excep­tion is when you … 

5 worst pronunciation errors ESL students make

5 Worst Pro­nun­ci­a­tion Errors ESL Stu­dents Make

I have been work­ing with peo­ple for over 35 years now help­ing them to speak clear­ly. In that time I have noticed that no mat­ter what the non- Eng­lish lan­guage back­ground, there are some com­mon  pro­nun­ci­a­tion errors ESL stu­dents make. 5 Worst Pro­nun­ci­a­tion Errors ESL Stu­dents Make- Num­ber 1 Pro­nounc­ing the /t/ and /d/ sounds incor­rect­ly. Most lan­guages have a /t/ and … 

Why people with good accents tend to get better jobs

Why peo­ple with good accents tend to get bet­ter jobs

Why have I called this blog ‘why peo­ple with good accents tend to get bet­ter jobs?’ I found a very inter­est­ing arti­cle about this writ­ten by a top recruit­ing firm in the U.S. and would like to share it with you. I keep hear­ing the same sto­ry over and over again in dif­fer­ent forms, from cus­tomers regard­ing job and social oppor­tu­ni­ties. It’s …

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 …

10 over used English words-what to say instead

10 Over Used Eng­lish Words- What To Say Instead

10 Over Used Eng­lish Words- What To Say Instead                                                    Lit­tle- small, insuf­fi­cient, minute, tiny, mea­gre, slight, mini, petite, brief, lim­it­ed    💡 Pret­ty- attrac­tive, beau­ti­ful, cute, ele­gant, good-look­ing, love­ly, pleas­ant, hand­some (for a male) Saw- glimpsed, … 

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 … 

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 …

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 … 

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 …