American English Pronunciation Podcast

American English Pronunciation Podcast

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221: Compare ‘unvoiced th’ to /f/, /s/, and /t/
Nov 29, 2016 • 12 min
Compare words like “thin/fin,” “mouth/mouse,” and “both/boat” Transcripts at pronuncian.com
220: The ‘n-g’ spelling creates /ŋ/, as in the word ‘song’
Nov 11, 2016 • 6 min
At the end of the word, the /ŋ/ doesn’t need an additional /g/. The /g/ is potentially included mid-word. Transcripts available at pronuncian.com
219: /g+n/ as in “signal” and “ignore”
Oct 25, 2016 • 9 min
“Coarticulating” the /g/ and /n/ is the trick to fluent pronunciation of these two sounds. Don’t release the /g/ before starting the /n/. Transcripts available on Pronuncian.com
218: Learn to hear vowels to learn to pronounce them
Oct 13, 2016 • 14 min
Test your ability to identify vowel sounds with this special listening quiz episode. Transcripts available on pronuncian.com.
217: Compare long e, short i, and short e /i, ɪ, ɛ/
Sep 28, 2016 • 11 min
The long e, short i, and short e /i, ɪ, ɛ/, are three front vowel sounds that can be practiced from a high, front tongue position to a mid-front position. Compare and contrast! Full podcast transcripts available at pronuncian.com.
216: The Cardinal Vowels—long e /i/, oo sound /u/, short o /ɑ/, and short a /æ/
Sep 17, 2016 • 12 min
All about that vowels diagram that shows the vowel sounds placed over a sort of square-like shape that’s bigger on the top than it is on the bottom. Transcripts at pronuncian.com.
215: Adding “bonus” information by using a low pitch
Aug 31, 2016 • 8 min
Use a low pitch to signal a spoken aside (like information that would be written in parentheses or between commas). Transcripts available at pronuncian.com.
214: Yes/No Pitch Patterns
Aug 20, 2016 • 10 min
Understand the rising and falling pitch patterns for yes/no questions and learn how to read emotion. Transcripts on pronuncian.com. Classes available from seattlelearning.com.
213: Intonation of Wh- Questions
Aug 6, 2016 • 6 min
What are you *really* asking? Using a rising or a falling pitch on a wh- question means something different than using a rising pitch. Transcripts available at pronuncian.com
212: /r+ɚ/ “explore” into “explorer”
Jul 24, 2016 • 7 min
Adding /ɚ/ (schwa+r) to an /r/ can be difficult. Make it into two syllables, but don’t add a vowel sound between. Learn how here! By Seattle Learning Academy. Transcripts on pronuncian.com.
211: Compare /æ/ and /ɑ/ (‘short a’ and ‘short o’)
Mar 28, 2016 • 7 min
Words like ‘hat’ and ‘hot’ are important to distinguish. Full episode transcripts available at Pronuncian.com
210: ‘-ue’ ending (unique, avenue, and rescue)
Jul 26, 2015 • 7 min
Is it silent, pronounced as ‘long u’ or ‘oo sound’? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
209: The difference between /ə/ and /ʌ/: schwa and short u
Mar 24, 2015 • 9 min
What’s up with /ə/ and /ʌ/ in words like ‘custom’ /ˈkʌs təm/? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
208: Cone/corn, coat/court
Mar 10, 2015 • 7 min
Practice the difference between the or sound and the long o sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
207: Why is ‘quarter’ so hard to say?
Feb 24, 2015 • 8 min
Rhyming with ‘shorter’ and ‘border,’ this is a quirky word. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
206: I like/I’d like… bacon!
Feb 10, 2015 • 8 min
Rhythm and linking from /d/. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
205: Dealing with ‘o-u-g-h’
Jan 27, 2015 • 7 min
No English spelling could be more confusing. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
204: How ‘have to’ becomes ‘hafta’
Jan 13, 2015 • 7 min
Informal contractions for fluency! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
203: When /t/ sounds like /d/ during linking: alveolar stop
Dec 30, 2014 • 8 min
Most recognize the /d/ in the pronunciation of ‘little’ but how about in ‘out_of’? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
202: How similar are /n/ and /l/?
Nov 11, 2014 • 5 min
Even small differences in vocal tract profiles can make a big difference. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
201: Why is ‘symptom’ pronounced that way?
Oct 15, 2014 • 5 min
Learn the many variations of the letter ‘o’ pronunciation. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
200: A new spelling poem!
Sep 30, 2014 • 5 min
Written for you, by Amanda, to help you learn the long vowel spellings. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
199: Would you like some coffee or tea?
Jun 24, 2014 • 6 min
Practice intonation patterns of choice questions. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
198: Pronouncing ‘clothes,’ ‘close’ (verb), and ‘close’ (adjective)
Jun 10, 2014 • 7 min
Make these difficult words easier to say! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
197: Linking vowels to sound fluent!
Mar 25, 2014 • 10 min
Some before and after student audio to illustrate linking. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
196: Do you say ‘people’ as ‘peopo’?
Feb 25, 2014 • 6 min
Common problems with words that end in ‘-le.’ Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
195: Dropping the /k/ in ‘asked’ (HIMYM)
Feb 4, 2014 • 8 min
YES, you can pronounce it as ‘ast’! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
194: ‘faux pas, chauffeur, fiance,’ and more
Jan 21, 2014 • 9 min
Loanwords from French into English. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
193: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Dec 18, 2013 • 5 min
In this Christmas special, learn where to find free ebooks and audio books online! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
192: Special holiday words
Dec 4, 2013 • 8 min
Mistletoe, tree farms, Scrooges, and more… Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
191: The difference between ‘my car’ and ‘Mike are’
Nov 26, 2013 • 9 min
Aspiration, of course. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
190: From ‘wait time’ to ‘snack time’
Nov 12, 2013 • 5 min
Linking different stops is a bit harder than linking same and similar stops. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
189: Linking magic!
Oct 29, 2013 • 9 min
Linking same and similar stop sounds increases spoken fluency. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
188: Heteronyms: ‘Lead’ rhymes with ‘read’
Oct 15, 2013 • 6 min
AND ‘lead’ rhymes with ‘read’! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
187: ‘Fall’ and ‘autumn’
Oct 1, 2013 • 7 min
In the US, it’s ‘fall;’ in the UK, it’s ‘autumn.’ Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
186: Fake it ‘til you make it!
Sep 10, 2013 • 5 min
Are you uncomfortable speaking really well? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
185: From /ʒ/ to /ʤ/ (‘zh’ to ‘j’)
Aug 27, 2013 • 7 min
A natural progression through consonant sounds. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
184: Pronouncing /ʒ/ the ‘zh sound’
Aug 13, 2013 • 5 min
If you can say sh, you can say zh! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
183: expected and unexpected /s/ and /ʃ/ minimal pairs
Jul 30, 2013 • 6 min
Pairs like ‘sock’ and ‘shock’ are obvious; ‘sour’ and ‘shower’ might not be. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
182: ‘on’ and ‘off’: /ɑn/ and /ɔf/
Jul 16, 2013 • 6 min
The ‘cot/caught’ merger and short o/aw sound revisited. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
181: The troublesome ‘thr’ /θr/ combination
Jul 2, 2013 • 6 min
Practice words like ‘three, through, throw, thread,’ and ‘threaten.’ Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
180: ‘because’→’cuz’: stressed, unstressed, informal
Jun 18, 2013 • 6 min
How to know which form of this high-frequency word to use. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
179: The silent /p/ in ‘pneumatic’ and ‘psychology’
Jun 4, 2013 • 4 min
A listener request for an explanation of less-common patterns. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
178: “Feeling” the vibration of vowel sounds
May 14, 2013 • 9 min
Learn the feel the ‘long e’ /i/, ‘short a’ /æ/, and ‘short o’ /ɑ/. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
177: -ate suffix revisited—advanced lesson
Apr 30, 2013 • 9 min
Highly fluent speakers understand this suffix. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
176: Swearing!
Apr 16, 2013 • 11 min
If you’re going to swear, you’d better be able to pronounce short vowel sounds! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
175: Short Vowels Minimal Sets
Apr 2, 2013 • 8 min
Practice sets like: pat, pet, pit, pot, putt. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
174: 3-sound clusters beginning with ‘s’
Mar 19, 2013 • 7 min
/skr/ (scratch) /spl/ (splash) /spr/ (spree) and /str/ (streak) Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
173: Digraphs and trigraphs, complicated spelling patterns
Mar 5, 2013 • 10 min
sh, th, tch, dge, gn, mb, and more!
172: The ‘cc’ spelling pronunciations (as in ‘accuse’ and ‘succeed)
Feb 19, 2013 • 7 min
Is it /k/ as in ‘accuse’ or /ks/ as in ‘succeed’ Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
171: The silent /l/ in the word ‘salmon’
Feb 5, 2013 • 6 min
Even words we don’t use often still matter. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
170: ‘schwa+r’ /ɚ/ paragraph practice
Jan 22, 2013 • 8 min
Practice this difficult sound in context. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
169: Pronouncing ‘Seattle’
Jan 8, 2013 • 11 min
It takes an advanced lesson to handle a word like ‘Seattle.’ Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
168: Stress pronunciation patterns in 3-syllable words
Dec 18, 2012 • 7 min
Main stress, secondary stress, and schwa, all in one word
167: When to use the informal contraction ‘useta’
Dec 4, 2012 • 9 min
And when can ‘used to’ be substituted by ‘would.’ Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
166: Understanding /ŋ/, the ‘ng’ sound
Nov 6, 2012 • 8 min
When does (and doesn’t) the g sound follow the ng sound? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
165: What is the vocal tract?
Oct 23, 2012 • 7 min
From the lips to the throat and the nose down to the vocal cords. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
164: Consonant clusters in English
Oct 9, 2012 • 8 min
/br/, /pr/, /gr/, /kr/, and /skr/ at the beginning of a word. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
163: -ile and the differences in American and British English
Sep 25, 2012 • 6 min
fragile: /ˈfrædʒ əl/ in the US /ˈfrædʒ aɪl/ in the UK. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
162: The differences between /b/ and /v/
Sep 11, 2012 • 8 min
Two different, yet similar sounds. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
161: Schwa in 2-syllable words
Aug 28, 2012 • 9 min
The importance of tiny syllables! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
160: w+a (want), w+a-r (warm), w+o-r (work)
Aug 7, 2012 • 8 min
Less-known patterns for the aw sound, schwa+r, and or sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
159: What are non-phonetic words?
Jul 24, 2012 • 7 min
Words that aren’t pronounced like we’d expect. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
158: Vowels plus voiced and unvoiced consonants
Jul 10, 2012 • 12 min
Vowel sound duration depends on many things. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
157: Native French speakers special!
Jun 26, 2012 • 11 min
The top 10 errors made by native French speakers. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
156: Silent letters in high-frequency words
May 29, 2012 • 5 min
Which high-frequency words have a silent consonant?
155: The f sound and semi-irregular plurals
May 15, 2012 • 10 min
3 things to keep in mind when making ‘wife’ into ‘wives’ and ‘leaf’ into ‘leaves.’ Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
154: ‘She sells seashells’
May 1, 2012 • 8 min
A tongue twister to compare the sh sound and s sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
153: ‘Look at Luke!’
Apr 17, 2012 • 7 min
Compare the oo sound and other u sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
152: ‘s-c-h’ and the word ‘schedule’
Apr 3, 2012 • 4 min
An American/British difference and a Greek history. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
151: j/ch sounds plus -ed ending
Mar 13, 2012 • 8 min
Practice adding the -ed ending to the j or ch sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
150: Common spellings and non-phonetic words
Feb 28, 2012 • 8 min
How do we choose which spellings are common and which words are non-phonetic? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
149: Practicing the /w/ and /v/
Feb 14, 2012 • 6 min
/w/ and /v/ in paragraph practice. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
148: More ‘th’ sounds practice
Jan 31, 2012 • 8 min
Practice quickly saying the th sounds in paragraphs. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
147: The -ious suffix
Jan 10, 2012 • 8 min
All of those vowels and two different pronunciations make this a tricky suffix. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
146: Happy “New” Year!
Dec 27, 2011 • 8 min
“New” in American and British English. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
145: a, e,i, o, u and sometimes y
Dec 13, 2011 • 9 min
Why is ‘y’ sometimes a vowel. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
144: -ed ending exceptions
Nov 29, 2011 • 6 min
Some -ed adjectives gain a syllable. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
143: Don’t over-pronounce sounds
Nov 1, 2011 • 7 min
Exaggeration is not authentic speech. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
142: The syllabic /l/
Oct 11, 2011 • 7 min
Don’t add a vowel sound! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
141: We “recently” changed our t sound lesson
Sep 27, 2011 • 9 min
Updates to the alternative t sound patterns. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
140: The ‘oo’ spelling of the words ‘foot’ and ‘soon’
Sep 13, 2011 • 6 min
The oo sound is more common, but the other u sound is possible. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
139: Pronunciation of ‘sure’
Aug 30, 2011 • 8 min
It begins with an sh sound, but after that, it gets a little complicated. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
138: Pronunciation of ‘often’
Aug 9, 2011 • 4 min
/t/ or no /t/, and what about the ‘o’? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
137: ‘ct’ spelling plus -ed and -s ending
Jul 26, 2011 • 9 min
Difficult consonant combinations explained. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
135: m sound/n sound/ng sound
Jun 28, 2011 • 7 min
The sounds that come out your nose! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
134: consonant-y-consonant
Jun 14, 2011 • 8 min
The letter “y” in the middle of a word. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
133: t/d, p/b, and k/g at the beginning of a word
May 31, 2011 • 7 min
Puff practice! Stop sounds at the beginning of words. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
132: ea spelling: long e or short e
May 17, 2011 • 9 min
Which pronunciation is the most common for this spelling? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
131: The word “new” in place names
Apr 27, 2011 • 4 min
Syllable stress patterns in open compound nouns. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
130: 2-syllable word stress
Mar 29, 2011 • 8 min
How accurate are the 2-syllable word stress patterns?
129: Portuguese speakers special, part 2
Mar 15, 2011 • 13 min
Troublesome consonant sounds for Portuguese speakers. Troublesome consonant sounds for Portuguese speakers.
128: The pronunciations of i-consonant-e
Mar 1, 2011 • 9 min
i-consonant-e in 1-, 2-, and 3-syllable words for English as a Second Language Learners. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
127: Portuguese speakers special, part 1
Feb 16, 2011 • 12 min
The English vowel sounds that cause problems for Portuguese speakers. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
126: Unstressed syllables, part 2
Feb 1, 2011 • 9 min
Short i as an unstressed vowel sound for English as a Second Language Learners. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
125: Unstressed syllables, part 1
Jan 18, 2011 • 9 min
Schwa: the most important weak vowel sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
124: French words in English
Jan 3, 2011 • 7 min
How the French language affects English pronunciation. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
123: A Merry, Marry, Mary Christmas
Dec 21, 2010 • 6 min
A tri-sound merger explained for the Holidays. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
119: The bunched /r/
Oct 26, 2010 • 8 min
Which of these two techniques for the r sound works best for you? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
118: The prefix re-
Oct 12, 2010 • 9 min
long e, short i, short e, and schwa: all pronunciations of re- Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
117: Suffixes with /ʧ/ (ch sound)
Sep 28, 2010 • 7 min
The -tion, -tial, -ure, and -al suffix and how they relate to the ch sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
116: Using ‘ain’t’
Sep 14, 2010 • 10 min
When is—and when isn’—‘ain’t’ appropriate? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
115: Sound combinations: sp-, st-, sk-, sc-
Aug 31, 2010 • 8 min
What happens to unvoiced stops after the s sound? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
114: ‘Puff’ (aspiration) details of stop sounds
Aug 17, 2010 • 9 min
Stops are /b/, /p/, /k/, /g/, /d/, nd /t/, and the amount of “puff” we give to them matters. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
113: The /h/, like a chameleon
Aug 3, 2010 • 7 min
No sound can become more like surrounding sounds than the h sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
112: Dropping the /d/
Jul 20, 2010 • 10 min
Here is a little-discussed rule about omitting the d sound in certain consonant clusters. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
111: Linking /v/ and /f/
Jul 6, 2010 • 8 min
Practicing a few simple techniques can make it much easier to transition to and from the v sound and f sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
110: Troublesome /v/ and /f/
Jun 22, 2010 • 12 min
Be careful with the /b/, /p/ and /w/ when working with the /f/ and /v/. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
109: /s/, /z/, /ʃ/, /ʒ/ (s, z, sh, and zh sounds) compare and contrast
Jun 8, 2010 • 15 min
Four sounds that are quite similar, but different in a few very important ways. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
108: In the US, it is ‘learned’ and ‘spelled,’ while the British kept ‘learnt’ and ‘spelt’
Jun 1, 2010 • 8 min
The English past tense became regular; the British kept the irregular spelling. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
107: ‘ck’ after short vowels (as in back), ‘k’ after all the others (as in ‘bake)
May 25, 2010 • 6 min
Learning intricate English phonetic patterns can give you confidence in vowel pronunciation. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
106: ‘long u’ stressed and reduced; /yu/ or /yə/?
May 18, 2010 • 11 min
The long u can be difficult to recognize in multi-syllable words, especially when it’s reduced. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
105: Pronouncing ‘though,’ ‘thought,’ ‘through,’ and ‘thorough’
May 11, 2010 • 6 min
These four o-u-g-h words can be so similar, yet different in very important ways. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
104: Pronouncing ‘pronounce’ and ‘pronunciation’
May 4, 2010 • 6 min
Many patterns of pronunciation can be found through a quick study of these two words. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
102: Russian/Ukrainian Special Episode
Apr 20, 2010 • 14 min
Learn the most common difficulties Russian and Ukrainian speakers face when speaking English with an American English accent. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
101: Subtle oddities of the word ‘subtle’
Apr 13, 2010 • 6 min
A silent /b/, an altered /t/, and a strange history make the word ‘subtle’ interesting to learn about! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
100: A Hundred/One Hundred
Apr 6, 2010 • 9 min
Why is saying ‘a hundred’ more common than saying ‘one hundred’ in American English? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
99: Three-word informal contractions
Mar 30, 2010 • 6 min
‘How did you’ can be reduced to ‘howdja;’ ‘where did you’ to ‘wheredja;’ and ‘what did you’ to ‘whadja,’ but those reductions can cost listener comprehension. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
97: The transition from ‘used to’ to ‘useta’
Mar 16, 2010 • 6 min
Informal contractions are born when speakers find easier ways to pronounce words. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
96: How ‘women’ could have been ‘wimmen’
Mar 9, 2010 • 4 min
Noah Webster did his best to make spelling easier, but his ideas weren’t always accepted. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
94: /t/+/y/=/ʧ/, /d/+/y/=/ʤ/, surprising ‘ch’ and ‘j’ sounds.
Feb 23, 2010 • 8 min
Assimilation: two adjacent sounds can cause changes to pronunciation. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
93: Do you accidentally make your /l/ into /w/?
Feb 9, 2010 • 8 min
Don’t round those lips! Especially at the end of the word, the l sound can cause some surprising problems. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
91: iPad/iPod, the world’s newest /æ,ɑ/ (short a/short o) minimal pair
Jan 26, 2010 • 5 min
Even some native speakers of English are worried about the similar pronunciation of the newest Apple product. Comparing pronunciation of the iPad to the older iPod. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
90: The j sound, spelled j, dge, ge, and g(i)
Jan 19, 2010 • 6 min
The ‘dge’ and ‘j’ spelling are both usually pronounced with the ‘j sound.’ And don’t forget, a ‘j sound’ is simply a voiced ‘ch sound’! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
88: Why is ‘tch’ (as in ‘watch’) easier to pronounce than ‘ch’ (as in which)?
Jan 5, 2010 • 9 min
The ‘tch’ and ‘ch’ spelling should BOTH be pronounced as /ʧ/ (the ch sound, yet ‘tch’ often seems easier for non-native English speakers. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
85: Why is the ‘Ch’ in ‘Christmas’ pronounced as /k/?
Dec 15, 2009 • 4 min
It’s all Greek to me! Knowing a little bit of history behind a word can go a long way when it comes to pronouncing the ‘ch’ spelling. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
84: ‘Who,’ ‘what,’ ‘when,’ and ‘where’: How do you pronouce words that begin with wh-?
Dec 8, 2009 • 5 min
Do you pronounce /h/ in the wh- spelling? Not usually. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
82: Thanksgiving holiday th sounds /ð, θ/ review
Nov 17, 2009 • 5 min
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Have fun reviewing the ‘th sounds’ with this extra practice podcast. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
81: “About a boat,” comparing /oʊ/ and /aʊ/
Nov 9, 2009 • 8 min
These two-sound vowels (the long o and ow—as in ‘no’ and ‘now’) both end in the w sound, and both can be spelled ‘ow.’ Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
79: Comparing /eɪ/, /i/, /ɑɪ/ (long a, long i, and long e)
Oct 27, 2009 • 12 min
Understanding how the vowel sounds in ‘bake,’ ‘bike’ and ‘beak’ are related to /y/. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
78: Comparing /æ/, /ɑ/, /ɔ/ (short a, short o, and aw)
Oct 20, 2009 • 8 min
Understanding a sequence of low vowel sounds (as in ‘stack,’ ‘stock,’ and ‘stalk’) Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
77: Comparing /i/, /ɪ/, /ɛ/, and /ʌ/ (long e, short i, short e, and short u)
Oct 6, 2009 • 8 min
Understanding a sequence of very similar sounds (as in ‘bead,’ ‘bid,’ ‘bed,’ and ‘bud’) Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
75: ‘can’ and ‘can’t,’ how are they different? Not how you expect!
Sep 15, 2009 • 14 min
Change in vowel sounds, sentence stress, and a glottal stop: lots of details make the pronunciation of these words different. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
74: Are ‘for’ and ‘four’ pronounced the same or differently?
Sep 8, 2009 • 13 min
for/four: When do the words for and four sound the same, and when are they different? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
73: Reducing the word ‘of’ to /ə/
Aug 25, 2009 • 10 min
When the word ‘of’ links into a consonant, the /v/ is often dropped. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
72: Using /n/ instead of /ŋ/ (the ‘ng’ sound) in -ing ending
Aug 18, 2009 • 8 min
-ing: substituting the n sound for the ng sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
71: When and why do some words (like ‘interesting’) lose a syllable?
Aug 11, 2009 • 6 min
Linguistic concepts of ‘syncope’ and ‘compression’ make big words into smaller words. Luckily, there is a pattern. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
69: Numbers: Teens versus Tens (as in 19 vs. 90)
Jul 21, 2009 • 11 min
Syllable stress and alternative ‘t sounds’ are used to differentiate these sounds more than the /n/ at the end of teens! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
68: Voiced and Unvoiced ‘th’ /ð,θ/ review
Jul 14, 2009 • 9 min
Yes, dear listeners, keep your tongue in your mouth! Don’t put it between your teeth. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
66: Syllabic n’s and nasal plosions (as in the words ‘sudden’ and ‘couldn’t’)
Jun 30, 2009 • 12 min
No vowels allowed! Join /d/ and /n/ to sound more fluent. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
65: Uh-oh! The glottal stop in place of /t/
Jun 23, 2009 • 10 min
What is a glottal stop and when do Americans use it? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
63: When Americans drop the /t/ (with audio from The Incredibles)
Jun 2, 2009 • 11 min
When do Americans omit the /t/? This audio from the movie “The Incredibles” will help you understand. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
61: The American /t/ as a quick /d/
May 20, 2009 • 11 min
Why does ‘water’ sound like ‘wadder’? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
#60 Tag questions aren’t really questions, are they?
May 12, 2009 • 8 min
Pitch boundaries are the clue to knowing what someone is really asking when they ask a tag question. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
59: Falling pitch boundaries on yes/no questions
May 5, 2009 • 7 min
When to use a falling pitch instead of a rising pitch on a yes/no question. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
58: Pitch Boundaries, Rising and Falling
Apr 21, 2009 • 9 min
Pitch boundaries organize conversations, and give important emotional clues about the speaker. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
57: Comparing extra-high and rising pitch words
Apr 14, 2009 • 9 min
Learn the difference between contrasting and defensively correcting your listener. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
56: Extra-high pitch words for extra intensity
Apr 7, 2009 • 9 min
Add drama, correct someone, and try to not sound angry with these pitch words. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
55: Intonation and high pitch words, an introduction
Mar 31, 2009 • 10 min
An introduction to English intonation and high pitch words in yes/no questions. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
53: Phrasal verb sentence stress
Mar 17, 2009 • 12 min
Typical sentence stress changes when phrasal verbs are involved: stress the preposition, not the verb. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
52: Linking from the -ed ending
Mar 10, 2009 • 14 min
Fluently linking from the -ed ending is important for listening comprehension and proper articulation. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
50: The silent /t/ in ‘-sten’ and ‘-stle’ (as in ‘listen’ and ‘whistle’)
Feb 24, 2009 • 9 min
There is no /t/ in the pronunciation of words like ‘listen’ and ‘whistle’. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
48: ‘talk’ and ‘walk’ and other ‘-alk’ /ɔk/ words
Feb 10, 2009 • 8 min
Another silent /l/, plus the ‘aw’ vowel sound /ɔ/ in this English spelling pattern. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
47: ‘should,’ ‘could,’ and ‘would’: /ʃʊd/, /kʊd/, /wʊd/
Feb 2, 2009 • 5 min
There /l/ is silent, and the vowel /ʊ/ is the same as the ‘u’ in the word ‘put’. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
46: ‘Three,’ ‘through,’ ‘throw’ and other /θr/ combination words
Jan 26, 2009 • 6 min
The pronouncing ‘unvoiced th’ /θ/ in English is difficult; the r sound also is difficult. Together they are VERY difficult. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
45: Chinese speakers special episode
Jan 20, 2009 • 13 min
Learn the specific problems that native speakers of Chinese have when pronouncing English. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
44: Letter ‘x’ pronunciations: /ks/ or /gz/
Jan 13, 2009 • 9 min
While /ks/ is more common (as in ‘box’), “gz” ( as in ‘exact’) is also a pronunciation for the letter ‘x’. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
43: About the words ‘world’ and ‘word’: /wɚld/ and /wɚd/
Jan 6, 2009 • 7 min
The /w/, r-controlled vowels, and /l/: lots of opportunity for pronunciation trouble. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
42: Spanish speakers special episode
Dec 29, 2008 • 13 min
Special episode covering the issues that native Spanish speakers have when speaking English. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
41: The silent b in the -mb spelling (as in ‘climb’ and ‘thumb’)
Dec 26, 2008 • 4 min
Learn this rule to sound more fluent!
40: ‘been,’ not ‘bean’: /bɪn/, not /bin/
Dec 16, 2008 • 4 min
Americans usually pronounce ‘been’ with a ‘short i,’ not a ‘long e.’ Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
39: ‘quit, quite,’ and ‘quiet’
Dec 9, 2008 • 5 min
Learn to correctly say these three similar-sounding words. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
38: ‘idea’—a troublesome little 4-letter word
Dec 5, 2008 • 4 min
A few tips about adjacent vowel sounds for this 3-syllable word that help for even more words. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
37: ‘says’ and ‘said’—two words NOT pronounced with ‘long a’ /eɪ/
Nov 25, 2008 • 5 min
/sɛz/ and /sɛd/: be careful about mispronouncing these two high-frequency words. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
36: Japanese speaker special
Nov 15, 2008 • 7 min
Native Japanese speakers of English face special difficulties when speaking English. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
35: there, their, they’re: they’re all said the same!
Nov 14, 2008 • 4 min
Learn the correct way to pronounce these three homophones. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
34: consonant+y suffix (-cy, -ity, -graphy, -fy) word syllable stress
Nov 7, 2008 • 11 min
The consonant+y covers a wide number of suffix-based syllable stress patterns. Learn one and you learn many. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
33: -ate suffix word syllable stress and heteronyms
Oct 31, 2008 • 13 min
Words ending in the -ate suffix are stressed on the 3rd-from-last syllable, but the suffix itself can sound differently depending if the word is a noun, adjective, or verb. Advanced level ESL lesson. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
32: -ize suffix (as in ‘recognize’ and ‘prioritize’) word syllable stress
Oct 20, 2008 • 9 min
Words ending in the -ize suffix are usually stressed on the 3rd-from-last syllable. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
31: -ic suffix word syllable stress
Oct 14, 2008 • 10 min
Learn about -ic word stress (as in ‘classic’ and ‘economic’) and review the 2-syllable word stress rule and -tion/-sion syllable stress. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
30: 2-syllable word stress and -tion/-sion syllable stress
Oct 7, 2008 • 13 min
English syllable stress follows some very common patterns that can be learned. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
29: Compare /i/ and /ɪ/ (‘long e’ & ‘short i’—as in ‘sheep’ and ‘ship’)
Sep 29, 2008 • 10 min
Learn about the often mispronounced short i sound, and compare it with the long e sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
28: The /h/ (as in ‘hello’ and ‘happy’)
Sep 23, 2008 • 8 min
Learn to correctly pronounce /h/ in English, not too hard, not too soft. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
27: The /g/ and /k/, stops in American English
Sep 16, 2008 • 6 min
Voicing and aspiration are characteristics of /g/ and /k/ in English pronunciation. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
26: English /m/ and /n/ pronunciation
Sep 9, 2008 • 7 min
The /m/ and /n/ are two of the three nasal sounds in English. Learn about them here. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
25: The ‘ng’ sound /ŋ/ (as in ‘song’) pronunciation
Sep 2, 2008 • 8 min
Learn about the ng sound (as in ‘song’), the first of three nasal sounds in English pronunciation. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
24: The ‘ch’ /ʧ/ and ‘j’ /ʤ/ pronunciation in English
Aug 26, 2008 • 9 min
Learn about the ‘ch’ (as in ‘church’) and ‘j’ (as in ‘judge’), English’s only two affricate sounds. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
23: The /p/ and /b/ in English
Aug 19, 2008 • 6 min
Pronounce /p/ and /b/ correctly and compare them with the consonants /f/ and /v/. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
22: Review all the sounds covered so far
Aug 12, 2008 • 10 min
Wow, you’ve been busy learning! Don’t lose the important knowledge of English pronunciation that you’ve gained. It’s review day! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
21: The Rhythm Rule and sentence stress, continued
Aug 5, 2008 • 9 min
How is the rhythm of spoken English created? Continuing learning the basics behind sentence stress and the Rhythm Rule. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
20: The Rhythm Rule and Sentence Stress
Jul 29, 2008 • 10 min
Spoken English rhythm follows patterns of stressed and unstressed words and syllables. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
19: -ed ending pronunciation
Jul 22, 2008 • 8 min
/d/, /t/, and /ɪd/: become fluent with the three pronunciations for regular past tense verbs in English. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
18: The /f/ and /v/ in English
Jul 15, 2008 • 6 min
Compare pronunciation of /f/ and /v/ and learn why they’re difficult to say fluently. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
17: The ‘sh’ /ʃ/ and ‘zh’ /ʒ/ in English
Jul 8, 2008 • 7 min
Practice comparing the ‘sh’ (as in ‘she’) and lesser known ‘zh’ (as in ‘vision’). Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
16: Reduced Pronouns: ‘he, him, her,’ and ‘them’
Jul 1, 2008 • 5 min
Learn how and why to NOT say the first sound of the words ‘he, him, her,’ and ‘them.’
15: Linking vowel sounds
Jun 23, 2008 • 5 min
Become fluent by linking a word that ends with a vowel sound to a word that begins with a vowel sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
14: Linking consonant sounds
Jun 17, 2008 • 5 min
Learn how linking from word to word increases spoken English fluency
13: Informal contractions in American English
Jun 10, 2008 • 8 min
wanna, gonna, hafta, whadja, howdja: Learn how to understand and why to use informal contractions in English.
12: Common contractions in American English
Jun 3, 2008 • 13 min
don’t, can’t, won’t, hasn’t, didn’t, weren’t: Learn how to say and why to use common contractions in English.
11: ‘aw’ /ɔ/, ‘oi’ /ɔɪ/, and ‘ow’ /aʊ/ in American English
May 27, 2008 • 11 min
Practice comparing the ‘aw’ with other similar vowels, and practice the diphthongs ‘oi’ and ‘ow.’
10: The American English ‘oo sound’ /u/ and ‘other u’ /ʊ/
May 19, 2008 • 12 min
Learn about the tricky /ʊ/ ‘other u’ (as in ‘put’) and/u/, the oo sound (as in ‘soon’).
9: The short vowel sounds /æ, ɛ, ɪ, ɑ, ʌ/ in American English
May 13, 2008 • 12 min
Learn which sounds are short vowels and how to correctly pronounce them.
8: The long vowel sounds: /eɪ, i, ɑɪ, oʊ, yu/ in American English
May 6, 2008 • 13 min
Learn which sounds are long vowels and how to correctly pronounce them. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
7: Pronouncing /w/ and /y/
Apr 29, 2008 • 9 min
Learn how to create semi-vowels (glides), the /w/ and /y/ and how they exist in words. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
6: American English r-controlled vowels /ɚ, ɑr, ɔr, ɛr/
Apr 22, 2008 • 12 min
Practice saying and hearing the difference between r-controlled vowels: /ɚ, ɑr, ɔr,/ and /ɛr/ Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
5: The American English /r/ and /l/
Apr 14, 2008 • 8 min
The tricky /r/ can cause even more problems when it is near the /l/. Full transcripts available at www.pronuncian.com/podcasts.
4: The American English /r/
Apr 6, 2008 • 7 min
Learn how the American /r/ is different from the British /r/.
3: The English /s/ and /z/
Mar 31, 2008 • 9 min
When does the -s ending sound like /s/, and when does it sound like /z/?
2: The English /t/ and /d/
Mar 23, 2008 • 7 min
Begin learning about “stops”, the /t/ and /d/.
1: The English ‘th sounds’ /θ, ð/
Mar 18, 2008 • 7 min
Yes, we have two ‘th sounds,’ /θ,/ and /ð/and they are both very important.