Pronunciation: “th” voiced and unvoiced

The “th” sounds (voiced and voiceless) appear in most English sentences and the mispronunciation of “th” is one of the main ways native-born Americans can tell you are not from the U.S. (See how many “th” ‘s showed up in these few sentences?)

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Pronunciation: the vowels in “boat” and “bought”

American vowels are tricky. Here are two vowel sounds that are important to distinguish. For my full pronunciation series (that’s always growing), click HERE.

Practice the vowel sound in words like “book” and “good.”

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Americans drop their T’s at the end of words

Is it hard for you to understand Americans? One of the reasons is probably that we don’t usually pronounce the “t” sound when it comes at the end of the word. In less than three minutes, this video shows how we do that and how you can do it, too.

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Reduce your fear of speaking in English

Use this short video to lessen your nervousness about speaking in English.

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Pronunciation: the English “th” sounds

A trio of brief videos on how to pronounce the “th” sounds in English (voiced and unvoiced). For my full pronunciation series (that’s always growing), click HERE.

First, how to pronounce “th” at the beginning of the word:

Next, how to pronounce it in the middle of a word:

Third, how to pronounce the “th” at the end […]

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Pronunciation: “good” and “food”

The American vowels sounds in words like “good” and words like “food” are spelled similarly, but sound different. Use this video to practice distinguishing clearly between those sounds because American-born English speakers notice when you don’t.

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Practice the voiced and unvoiced “th” sounds.

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Pronunciation: “book”

The American vowel sound represented in the word “book” is a tricky one. This video helps you practice. For my full pronunciation series (that is always growing), click HERE.

Practice the vowels sounds as the sound in the words “good” and “food.”

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Practice American vowels: o and a

Here’s a video for practicing the American vowel sounds exemplified in the words “low” and “law.” This video presents these sounds as they’re used in the Midwest part of the United States. For my full pronunciation series (that’s always growing), click HERE.

Practice the sounds in the words “boat” and “bought.”

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Conversation group for English practice

Do you want to improve your American English with a friendly conversation group? Do you want to learn skills critical to life in the U.S. such as how to make small talk, how to network and how to make friends with Americans? If you live in the Chicagoland area, join the American Skills for Internationals […]

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Practice vowel sounds in “live” and “leave”

Do you want to make yourself better understood to Americans and other English speakers? Start by making sure your vowels are clear. English has many different vowels sounds that change the meaning of words. For example, don’t say “leave” when you mean to say “live.” Here’s a video to help you practice /i/ and /I/. For […]

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