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 …

Accent reduction- How to pronounce long English words beginning with pr

Audio: Accent Reduction-How To Pronounce Long English Words Beginning With ‘pr’

Accent reduction training in how to pronounce long English words beginning with ‘pr’, actually ‘kills two birds with the one stone’! Firstly, you make sure you don’t leave out the /r/ sound in the ‘pr’ consonant cluster. Secondly, you make sure you’re using a correct English /r/ sound, and at the same time, you get to practise correct syllable stress …

Practise how to pronounce words when the letter s says /z/

Audio lesson- How To Pronounce Words When The Letter ‘s’ Says /z/

How to pronounce words when the letter ‘s’ says /z/ To pronounce words when the letter ‘s’ says  the /z/ sound, first you need to know that the /s/ and /z/ sounds are minimal pair sounds in English. That means, they’re made with exactly the same mouth movements except that when you say the /z/ sound, you switch on your …

How to l;earn an English accent- 5 tips Actors can teach us

How To Learn An English Accent – 5 Tips Actors Can Teach Us

How To Learn An English Accent – 5 Tips Actors Can Teach Us I was recently talking to an actress about how to learn an English accent (or other accent) that wasn’t her native English accent.  She said she used ‘layering’. She said she listened over and over to someone speaking with the accent she wanted to use. At different …

How to pronounce English words that sound similar

VIDEO English Words That Sound Similar -How To Pronounce Them

  English Words That Sound Similar -How To Pronounce Them I recently asked customers which English words they get mixed up when they’re trying to pronounce them, and I got quite a few. Thank to everyone who contributed. The interesting thing is, quite a few of the English words show a confusion between the ‘aw’ vowel and the ‘oe’ vowel …

Accent Reduction-Where to start

Accent Reduction In English-Where to Start-VIDEO

Accent Reduction-Where to Start I am often asked by customers, “Now that I’ve purchased a Speak More Clearly accent reduction course, where should I start?” A great question! Obviously different individuals have different accent reduction needs depending on their background or native language, nevertheless, there are some common areas that everyone can start with. In the video below I discuss …

English Accent- Whats the one question everyone answers 'yes'

English Accent – What Is The One Question Everyone Answers- “YES”?

Over the many years I have worked with people on their English accent, the one question everyone answers yes to is, “Do you want to feel more confident when you speak in English?”  Of course the answer is always ‘yes’. It’s embarrassing and sometimes makes us feel stupid if we can’t speak correctly or clearly. Recently I had this experience …

ultimate common prefixes list-how to say words with them Audio lesson

Ultimate Common Prefixes List – How To Pronounce Them in Words-Audio Training

Did you know the 4 most common prefixes in English are ‘re’, ‘un’, ‘dis’, and ‘in- im- il- ir’ ( these last ones are in a group as they have the same ‘meaning’ when added to a word in English). The common prefix ‘re’ can sometimes pose an English pronunciation difficulty because it can say ‘ree’ /ri/ or ‘re’ /rɛ/. …

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 …

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 …