Neutralise Your Accent-Words With Invisible Syllables

Neutralize Your Accent-Words With Invisible Syllables

Words with ‘invisible syllables’ can be tricky to pronounce because what you see isn’t what you say! Words with invisible syllables, means words where we don’t say one of the syllables in a word written with 3 or more syllables. A word in English can be broken down into letters, and also syllables. It’s important to know which syllables are …

English Accent Tip- How to say ts and ds words- seats-seeds

English Accent Tip- How to say ts and ds words- seats-seeds

In this audio lesson we’ll practise how to say words that are the same except for ‘ts’ or ‘ds’ at the end.  English Accent Tip 1 If the word ends in ‘ds’ (said ‘dz’), the vowel before it is said slightly longer, and has an up down quality to it.  English Accent Tip 2 When you practise saying words together …

English Accent -The 2 Sounds The 'ow' Diphthong Can Make

English Accent -The 2 Sounds The ‘ow’ Diphthong Can Make

English Accent -The 2 sounds the ‘ow’ diphthong can make   The most common sound the ‘ow’ diphthong says is ‘ow’ as in ‘cow’. The second most common sound it makes is ‘oe’ (as in toe).  The ‘ow’ mostly says ‘oe’ if it is at the end of a word. In this lesson we’re going to concentrate on words that …

3 Things The Brain Needs To Reduce Your Accent

3 Things The Brain Needs To Reduce Your Accent

The three things the brain needs for you to reduce your accent, are also the 3 main things needed to change any behaviour or acquire any new skill. I recently participated in a workshop for ‘The Listening Program’, which is a great sound therapy program I’ve been using with students for a while now, and these 3 things the brain …

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 …