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R sounds

TH sounds

B and P sounds

extra Y sounds
linking vowels

Introduction to
intonation or rhythm

T sounds

-ed ending

S and Z sounds

combination letters

letters with H
syllable stress

Intonation: word stress
in 5 steps

English Pronunciation Facts

750 Business Words online pronunciation class teaches sound and stress in every lesson. It is great for intermediate to advanced speakers.

The 5 Step Method -- You can learn pronunciation by focusing on the 5 most important points: reducing sounds, blending sounds, vowels, consonant changes and rhythm.

L -- This sound is generally made the same way as in other languages, but in American English it is spoken quickly and lightly, especially when it is the last letter.

R -- This sound is trilled in many languages. It is also silent in the middle and at the end of words in some languages, like British. The American R is not trilled and it is always pronounced.

T -- The T sound often becomes a light "d" sound when it is between vowels and a light, stopped sound at the end of words. It can also be left out entirely. So water sounds like "wader," hot sounds like "ho(t)" and interview sounds like "innerview."

Th -- This sound is not in every language. Americans have 2 sounds for Th: a soft, vibrating sound as in "the" and a more forceful, popped sound as in "think."

V and W -- Some languages have one or the other, but not both. In American English, these are two distinct sounds. Practice with the 500 Word lists, V and W sounds.

A -- Americans have different sounds for A, the sound in "cat," the sound in "late" and the sound in "all" and more. See A Sounds. Practice with the 500 Word lists: short vowels and long vowels.

I -- In other languages, it is often pronounced like the American long e, as in "see." In American English, I has two sounds: the I in "sit" and the I in "kite."

O--Many people only learn one sound for this vowel, but there are three. For instance, O is different each time in"cost," "cold" and "cover." Study how to pronounce the O vowel.

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