Free Pronunciation Course – Part 1

Introduction and Getting Started Welcome to the free Pronunciation Short Course! In Part 1, I’ll be covering a basic introduction to this pronunciation course and how you can get started. We’ll review the tools you need in pronunciation training and some exercises that you can start practicing right away. Remember, changing the way you speak doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time, practice and focus to make improvements in your speech. It’s not always an easy journey, but I hope that I can make it fun for you! Listen to the new recordings every three days and spend the time in between segments to practice what you’ve learned. Print out the transcripts for further study if you find that helpful. Participate in the English Pronunciation Lab   Read More

Free Pronunciation Course – Part 2

Vowel Sounds: Short, Long and Schwa Welcome back to the Free Pronunciation Short Course! I hope that you’ve been practicing your tongue twisters and that you’ve gathered all the tools you need to be successful in changing the way you speak. Have you remembered to post any questions you might have had from Part 1 on the Part 1 lesson page? Since each section builds on the last, it’s best to get your questions answered before moving on to the next segment. In Part 2 we’ll be talking about vowel sounds. This is one of the more complicated areas of English pronunciation. We’ll be taking a broad approach by looking at the short and long vowel distinction and the most common English vowel (which you’ve   Read More

Free Pronunciation Course – Part 3

Voiced and Unvoiced Consonant Sounds Since we just looked at some important vowel sound distinctions in Part 2, I’d now like to look at consonant sounds. We’ll be covering voiced and unvoiced sounds and how you should use (or not use) your voice to create these sounds. If you’ve never stopped to think about how you use your voice when you speak, you’ll probably find this segment of the course really interesting. It’s amazing how such a small difference in pronunciation can lead you to saying completely different words than what you really mean. There’s a secret tip at the end of this recording that will help you to instantly improve your pronunciation of voiced word endings, so be sure to listen all the way   Read More

Free Pronunciation Course – Part 4

The Most Challenging Consonant Sounds I hope that you’re beginning to pay more attention to the voiced/unvoiced sounds distinction we covered in Part 3. Now I’d like to look at a handful of specific sounds that cause problems for just about all of my clients, regardless of their backgrounds. This is an area that can be frustrating for many because it’s hard to change the way your mouth moves to make different sounds. Don’t give up! Just keep practicing! The best method I’ve found is to stand in front of the mirror and really watch what your mouth is doing. Then compare what you’re doing to the instructions I give you in the recording. Let’s get started! Click the link below to listen or right   Read More

Free Pronunciation Course – Part 5

Linking Sounds Together Now that we’ve taken a look at vowel and consonant sounds (how’s that TH coming along?), we’re going to start putting all of these sounds together. Linking is the process of connecting the end of one word to the beginning of the next word so that our speech flows smoothly and effortlessly. In English there are some very specific ways that we link our words together, and I’m going to explain each of these in Part 5. It might sound odd that I’m asking you to run your words together when the whole point of this course is to have you speaking more clearly! Don’t worry. When you link your words together you will sound more natural and confident. When you don’t   Read More

Free Pronunciation Course – Part 6

Syllables and Word Stress Today we’re going to begin discussing what I believe may be the single most important concept for you to understand and apply in English pronunciation: word stress. We’ll be discussing syllables and a basic definition of word stress in this lesson. Next time, in Part 7, we’ll continue on with word stress patterns in English. If you are usually misunderstood by Western native English speakers, word stress issues are probably the number one reason why. I can’t stress how important these next two parts of the course are. If you have any questions after Part 6 see be sure to post them here before moving on to Part 7. It’s important that your word stress foundation is very strong. To listen   Read More

Free Pronunciation Course – Part 7

Word Stress Patterns Building on what we learned in Part 6, Part 7 is going to take you much deeper into the world of English word stress. Although there aren’t any hard and fast rules for word stress, there are some common patterns you can fall back on. If you learn these patterns, you can be much more confident in your spoken English and pronunciation. We’ll be taking a look specifically at 2-syllable nouns and verbs and a number of suffixes (word endings) that can change the word stress of root words. These suffixes tend to follow patterns, and if you can remember the patterns it will be easier for you to get words right every time. Listen to the recording by clicking on the   Read More

Free Pronunciation Course – Part 8

English Intonation In this final segment of the Pronunciation Short Course, we’ll really be pulling everything together. Intonation, like word stress, is extremely important to the way you speak. Do you tend to speak in monotone or do you think people could be misunderstanding your messages because they’re confused by your intonation? In Part 8 we’ll be looking at sentence stress and intonation, default tones for statements and questions and how you can add more meaning to your messages by paying attention to your voice and tone. This is one jam-packed session, so get ready! After you’ve finished Part 8, let me know what other questions you still have about English Pronunciation. I’ll try to incorporate them into future posts and the full-length, 12 week   Read More

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