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 …

English Accent- Sound Natural – How To Use The Intrusive ‘y’ AUDIO Training

When we want to be super clear with our English accent, we do need to choose to make every sound clearly. We may be emphasising a point, presenting to others, going for a job interview etc. Most of the time though, just like in any language, we tend to be less precise. To sound more natural with your English accent, …

English Accent Training- How To Pronounce Words With ‘ng’ at the end. AUDIO Lesson

English accent training can be confusing sometimes! We all know that when we write the consonant ‘ng’ /ŋ/, we see a ‘g’ letter  there, but when we say it, it’s not pronounced. Also, it doesn’t become a /k/ sound either. So when you’re practising your English accent training, think of it this way:- When you see ‘sh’ written, you don’t say …

English Communication Skills- 8 Top Soft Skills Employers Look For

There are lots of different aspects to English communication skills, and some of them have come to be known as “soft skills’. Soft skills can be defined as interpersonal skills that you use when you work and interact with others. These skills are important because you need these skills as well as your professional technical skills, to be able to …

Accent reduction- English rhythm- learn about pausing

Accent Reduction- English Rhythm – Use the ‘Pause’ Correctly- AUDIO lesson

Accent Reduction- English Rhythm – Use the ‘Pause’ Correctly- AUDIO lesson     Learning to use pauses properly is important when you’re practising accent reduction and English rhythm. It helps you sound more like a native English speaker.  If you don’t use pauses correctly when speaking English, it can change the meaning of what you’re saying. PAUSE for meaning For …

English AUDIO training- Say these 10 multisyllabic words with confidence

English AUDIO training- Say these 10 Multisyllabic Words with Confidence

In the English audio training below, I have included 10 multisyllabic words that students often have trouble saying confidently. I’m asked how certain multisyllabic words are said, and in English this is fair enough! There are a few things to consider: Firstly, there is spelling to consider- is the word said how it’s spelled? Which syllables are stressed, and which said …

AUDIO LESSON Accent reduction -12 animal idioms

Accent Reduction AUDIO lesson-Pronounce 12 Common English Animal Idioms Clearly

I found these cool common, animal idioms, and wanted to give you a chance to learn how to pronounce these English idioms correctly, and to understand when to use them.  At the same time, you get more accent reduction practise  material. Credit Analytical Grammar/Grammar Planet   Accent Reduction Practise- 12 English Idioms 1. Night owl –a person who is habitually active …