Pronunciation Lessons
  • Intonation - Intonation is the rising and falling sounds of the voice when speaking.
  • Intonation (Part 2) - Phrasing - In addition to the intonation of a statement, there is another aspect of speech that indicates meaning -- phrasing.
  • Intonation (Part 3) - Contrast - Once the intonation of new information is established, you'll soon notice that there is a pattern that breaks that flow. When you want to emphasize one thing over another, you reflect this contrast with pitch change.
  • Intonation (Part 4) - In any language, there are areas of overlap, where one category has a great deal in common with a different category. In this case, intonation and pronunciation have two areas of overlap.
  • Intonation (Part 5) - Mood and personality is an extremely important aspect of intonation, as it goes beyond what you are trying to say--it dictates how your listener will relate to you as an individual
  • Liaisons (Part 1) - In American English, words are not pronounced one by one. Usually, the end of one word attaches to the beginning of the next word. This is also true for initials, numbers, and spelling.
  • Linking Words Together - When you learn English by reading (as most people do) you tend to speak it word by word. But real English is connected together and pronounced sound by sound.
  • Linking Words Together (Part 2) - When you learn English by reading (as most people do) you tend to speak it word by word. But real English is connected together and pronounced sound by sound.
  • Liaisons (Part 4) - When the letter or sound of T, D, S or Z is followed by a word that starts with Y, or its sound, both sounds are connected.
  • Using æ, ä and uh - Learn how to pronounce the common sounds æ, ä and uh
  • Silent or Neutral? - The schwa is a neutral sound, (no distinctive characteristics), but it is the most common sound in the English language.
  • Pronunciation of - The American T is influenced very strongly by intonation and its position in a word or phrase. It can be a little tricky if you try to base your pronunciation on spelling alone.
  • Pronouncing Contractions - Many people who speak English as a second language feel uncomfortable making contractions. But to really sound natural in English, it's important to say these words correctly.
  • Pronouncing -ed at the ends of words - There are 3 ways to pronounce the final -ed in a word. /id/, /d/, and /t/
  • Homonyms and similar sounding words - Homonyms are two words that sound like each other but have different meanings. Many people make mistakes with them. Here are some common homonyms...

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