American English Pronunciation

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In this course, you will learn the pronunciation of single English sounds. We will go over both how to make the sounds and examples of those sounds in common English words and phrases. This course includes exercises for making better English speaking habits. The course starts with the basics of English pronunciation, then goes on to difficult sounds that learners often come across when learning American English pronunciation. If you work hard and practice what you learn, you will improve. 

You will be able to see my face and mouth clearly in each video lesson, and I will use a blackboard at all times. 

Each lesson focuses on a single idea, and each is comprehensive. You can go at your own pace and should take your time, with lots of practice between videos. Replaying each lesson is highly recommended. 

In this course you will learn the pronunciation of single English sounds. We will go over both how to make the sounds and examples of those sounds in words and phrases. This course includes exercises for making better speaking habits. At the end of the course, you should have the skills you need to sound more like a native English speaker, as well as the confidence to use the skills you learned. If you work hard and practice what you learn, you will improve.
In this first video, we will go over some basic pronunciation tips. It's important to remember the following:
1. Develop your ear2. Watch mouths3. Be very aware of yourself when speaking4. Try to feel pronunciation. Don't only learn rules, because they don't always work.
Vowel Sounds and Rules
Master common rules and terms, and learn to say most simple and complex vowel sounds naturally.
Long Vowel Sounds
There are two kinds of letters: vowels and consonants. There are 21 consonants (b, c, d, f, g, etc) and five vowels, in the alphabet. Vowels (aeiou) generally make two kinds of sounds, long sounds and short sounds. Long sounds sound like the name of the letter, while short sounds are different. Remember that long doesn't mean the sound will really last longerit's just a name.

Short Vowel Sounds
We will cover many examples of words with short sounds. The tough thing about short sounds is that they can often sound very alike. In order to be able to pronounce these sounds correctly, you have to be able to hear the differences. Once you can begin to do that, you can start making the sounds correctly each time. Once you've mastered all the short sounds, it's important to practice again and again until you can do them naturally, without thinking (a habit).
The Silent 'e'
While rules don't always work for English pronunciation, one general rule which usually does is called the silent 'e'. When a vowel is in a word or a syllable (a syllable is a beat in a word, like bas-ket-ball or un-cle) that ends with an 'e', the vowel will be long. It's like the 'e' does something, changes the earlier vowel sound, so it needs to lay down and restit can't make a sound.
Vowels in syllables or words without a silent 'e' at the end will usually be short.
Vowels Together
When vowels are put together, like 'ai', the pronunciation is usually the long sound of the first vowel. This isn't always true. We will talk about another kind of sound made when two vowels are put together in the next lesson.
Diphthongs are special sounds made when two vowels are put together. These sounds are special because they are complex soundsthey require you to move your mouth as you say them, instead of being a single long or short sound. - The diphthongs are: OU (OW) AU (AW) OI (OY)
Consonant Sounds and Mouth Positions
Learn the mouth positions of consonant sounds at the beginning and ending of words.
V and W
The V and W sounds are quite similar, but in fact they are made completely differently. When you say the V sound, it's important that your lower lip touches your upper teeth. When you say the W sound, the lips come forward but do not touch, and also do not touch the teeth. When the normal W sound is pronounced, the lips are pushed forward slightly before going to the next sound.
The TH sound is actually very easy to make. All you have to do is, softly, put your tongue between your teeth and push air out. Unfortunately, knowing the right way to make the sounds is not enough. It has to become a deep habit. Often, when speaking quickly, it's easy to slip and forget the correct pronunciation of this sound. So, it's really important to make it a habit.
S and Z
S and Z are often confused with the TH sound, and can sometimes be confused with each other. The S and Z sounds are in fact very similar. The only difference is that S is unvoiced and Z is voiced. Voiced means that the voice is used when making the sound. Unvoiced: it isn't.
  • A basic understanding of English vocabulary and grammar.
  • The ability to understand some spoken English without help (or subtitles).
Что Вы изучите?
  • Speak English words with confidence.
  • Use rules to guess the pronunciation of most words.
  • Hear the difference between words that are almost the same.
  • Use muscle memory to start sounding more like an American.
Luke Priddy
Luke Priddy
Innovative English Courses

Hi. My name is Luke.

I'm the founder of Cloud English and the co-founder of yoli. I've been teaching English for years, and over that time I've discovered powerful language learning methods that make learning English much easier and more effective. My courses have helped thousands of people become more fluent in English.

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I use a split screen presentation style for my courses. You will be able to see both my face and a digital blackboard. It's a great way to learn!

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