These are short aids that provide guidance on focused subsets of words or sounds commonly found in common English words. There are about fifty pronunciation aids at the current time. Try them out.
Learn to break any English word down into easy to pronounce syllables. Learn to say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious with ease.
When the letter T appears in the middle of a word, it can have two different sounds: soft or hard. With my southern accent, I was raised using the SOFT-T pronunciation, so that is what I teach. I prefer the SOFT-T because it is easier to pronounce in my opinion. You are free to use…
The Schwa sound is the most common sound in the English language. Learn about it.
Master the CH sound. It stops air flow, then releases it in a blast of air.
Master the J sound. It stops air flow, then releases it in a blast of air.
The ED ending on regular past tense verbs has three different ending sounds. Learn when each one applies.
The ILE ending on words has one of two different sounds. Note that American and British English differ in how they say these words.
The ATE ending on words has one of two different sounds, depending on whether the word is used as a verb (ATE) or as a noun or adjective (UT).
The EX at the beginning of words has one of two different sounds: KS or GZ.
The UA letter combination inside words often has an implied "W" sound. UI and UE may behave the same way in many occasions.
The final S, ES, or ‘S may have three different sounds (S, Z, or IZ).
The final STS and SKS endings are difficult to pronounce for some students. Let’s practice these.
Pronouncing words ending in EE is fairly easy to do.
The ZH sound is similar to the J sound but without stopping the air flow. It appears in words such as vision, version, and Asian.
The OUGH sound is an English learner’s worst nightmare. The same can be said for some Americans too. 🙂
For most words ending in ICALLY, we omit the AL syllable and pronounce this suffix as IC-LY.
For words ending in METER, they are not pronounced like you might think.
For words ending in EIN, there are a couple of different pronunciations. Some are German in origin.
Years in English can be pronounced several different ways. I’ll share my favorite with you.
This lesson will teach you how to pronounce numbers that represent quantities of things, as opposed to ID numbers such as Room 102.
For words ending in EAD and EAT, there are several sounds that may be encountered.
There are two distinct ING sounds in English. Both should be mastered.
The long U has a Y sound. The unstressed U has a YUH sound.
Sometimes in English, we omit syllables (such as IC(AL)LY) and we connect adjective words together as if they are one word (such as fuhgitaboutit).
As we say sentences in English, some speech patterns require certain tones on certain words. This is called intonation.
The bane of many English learners is silent or unpronounced letters in words. We have many. Let’s get to know a few.
For words ending in ON, science words will generally stress the ON syllable.
Many WH words are pronounced as if they begin with HW. Hwat?!
Fany students don’t distinguish between the B and P sounds adequately. Let’s master this.
In this aid, we will cover the long and short vowels sounds, and how these are affected by the Rule of Silent E.
According to some experts, the English language 44 different sounds that should be mastered.
Sometimes the ARY ending is stressed and sometimes it’s not.
Science words that refer to "the study of" some field are challenging to pronounce sometimes.
Words ending in TIENT/SIENT and IENT have three unique sounds.
There are two sounds for OW: OW and O. Bow, row, and sow are particularly confusing.
There are three sounds for OOD: oo as in too (food, mood, brood), ou as in would (hood, good, wood), ud as in mud (blood, flood).
There are two sounds for ULL: oo as in wool (pull, full, bull) and uh as in dull (cull, mull, skull).
The word ending -ICIOUS is pronounced (-ISH US).
The word ending -TIOUS is pronounced (-SHUS).
Words ending in -OVE have three different sounds: O, UV, OOVE.
Words ending in -ICABLE have two pronunciations.
Words ending STEN/FTEN often have a silent T in their pronunciation.
Words ending in OLOGY/OLOGIST/OLOGICAL sometimes challenge students.
Words ending in ONOMY/ONOMER/ONOMIST.
Learn to pronounce words ending in THE, like breathe, bathe, soothe, etc.
Learn to pronounce words ending in EAK.