English Pronunciation How to pronounce 'world' and other 'wor' words

How to Pro­nounce ‘world’ and oth­er Eng­lish ‘wor’ words AUDIO les­son

I am often asked the fol­low­ing ques­tion when work­ing with Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion, “How do I pro­nounce the word ‘world?’ ” Because of the spelling it is tricky! Is it:  world /wɔːrld/ (Amer­i­can) , /wɔːld/ (British/Australian)   or  world /wɝːld/ (Amer­i­can),  /wɜːld/ (Brit/Aussie)?? If you picked the 2nd lot where the ‘or’ says ‘er’ you were right.  So here is the secret:  When an ‘or’ …

What sound is this in English

Stop Being Con­fused- What sound is this in Eng­lish?

Because Eng­lish let­ters can say more than one sound, some­times it can become quite con­fus­ing and stu­dents ask me ‘what sound is this in Eng­lish?’ The vow­els in Eng­lish can be espe­cial­ly con­fus­ing. This time I thought I would address the ‘a’ letter/vowel and hope­ful­ly reduce the con­fu­sion. What Eng­lish sound is this? In British and Aus­tralian stan­dard Eng­lish, the …

The difference between a British RP and American accent

The dif­fer­ence between a British RP and Amer­i­can Accent-VIDEO

One of the dif­fer­ences between a British RP accent and Amer­i­can accent, is that some words of more than one syl­la­ble are said with dif­fer­ent stress on the syl­la­bles. Also lis­ten to the dif­fer­ence in the way the train­er pro­nounces the vow­els in the words for the British RP accent or the Amer­i­can accent. This is anoth­er oppor­tu­ni­ty to prac­tise …

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 …

English Vowels

Under­stand Eng­lish Vow­els – Fine Tune Your Knowl­edge

Did you know that Eng­lish vow­els in cer­tain word end­ings have dif­fer­ent mean­ings? If you know the mean­ings, it’s eas­i­er to under­stand what  the word means, and to pro­nounce the word cor­rect­ly. This helps you speak more clear­ly, and helps you speak Eng­lish bet­ter if you know what end­ing to apply. As well as this, it gives your Eng­lish com­pre­hen­sion …

Your Secret Guide to Eng­lish Vow­els

In this arti­cle you will learn 7 secrets to help you pro­nounce Eng­lish vow­els more eas­i­ly. Most peo­ple are taught that there are 5 Eng­lish vow­els- a, e, i, o, and u. I hate to break the news to you, but there are 22 vow­els in Eng­lish ! This means that when you want to speak Eng­lish more clear­ly, or …