American English Pronunciation Podcast

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The American English Pronunciation podcasts teaches non-native English speakers and ESL/ELL students correct English pronunciation in short lessons. Learn, listen, repeat!

Episode Date
221: Compare 'unvoiced th' to /f/, /s/, and /t/
00:12:43
Compare words like "thin/fin," "mouth/mouse," and "both/boat" Transcripts at pronuncian.com
Nov 29, 2016
220: The 'n-g' spelling creates /ŋ/, as in the word 'song'
00:06:19
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
Nov 12, 2016
219: /g+n/ as in "signal" and "ignore"
00:09:29
"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
Oct 26, 2016
218: Learn to hear vowels to learn to pronounce them
00:14:13
Test your ability to identify vowel sounds with this special listening quiz episode. Transcripts available on pronuncian.com.
Oct 14, 2016
217: Compare long e, short i, and short e /i, ɪ, ɛ/
00:11:01
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.
Sep 29, 2016
216: The Cardinal Vowels--long e /i/, oo sound /u/, short o /ɑ/, and short a /æ/
00:12:43
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.
Sep 17, 2016
215: Adding "bonus" information by using a low pitch
00:08:16
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.
Sep 01, 2016
214: Yes/No Pitch Patterns
00:10:21
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.
Aug 20, 2016
213: Intonation of Wh- Questions
00:06:53
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
Aug 07, 2016
212: /r+ɚ/ “explore” into “explorer”
00:07:24
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.
Jul 25, 2016
211: Compare /æ/ and /ɑ/ ('short a' and 'short o')
00:07:30
Words like 'hat' and 'hot' are important to distinguish. Full episode transcripts available at Pronuncian.com
Mar 28, 2016
210: '-ue' ending (unique, avenue, and rescue)
00:07:02
Is it silent, pronounced as 'long u' or 'oo sound'? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jul 27, 2015
209: The difference between /ə/ and /ʌ/: schwa and short u
00:09:01
What's up with /ə/ and /ʌ/ in words like 'custom' /ˈkʌs təm/? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Mar 25, 2015
208: Cone/corn, coat/court
00:07:33
Practice the difference between the or sound and the long o sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Mar 11, 2015
207: Why is 'quarter' so hard to say?
00:08:32
Rhyming with 'shorter' and 'border,' this is a quirky word. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Feb 25, 2015
206: I like/I'd like... bacon!
00:08:11
Rhythm and linking from /d/. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Feb 11, 2015
205: Dealing with 'o-u-g-h'
00:07:36
No English spelling could be more confusing. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jan 28, 2015
204: How 'have to' becomes 'hafta'
00:07:41
Informal contractions for fluency! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jan 14, 2015
203: When /t/ sounds like /d/ during linking: alveolar stop
00:08:41
Most recognize the /d/ in the pronunciation of 'little' but how about in 'out_of'? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Dec 31, 2014
202: How similar are /n/ and /l/?
00:05:12
Even small differences in vocal tract profiles can make a big difference. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Nov 12, 2014
201: Why is 'symptom' pronounced that way?
00:05:51
Learn the many variations of the letter 'o' pronunciation. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Oct 16, 2014
200: A new spelling poem!
00:05:47
Written for you, by Amanda, to help you learn the long vowel spellings. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Oct 01, 2014
199: Would you like some coffee or tea?
00:06:14
Practice intonation patterns of choice questions. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jun 25, 2014
198: Pronouncing 'clothes,' 'close' (verb), and 'close' (adjective)
00:07:36
Make these difficult words easier to say! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jun 11, 2014
197: Linking vowels to sound fluent!
00:10:17
Some before and after student audio to illustrate linking. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Mar 26, 2014
196: Do you say 'people' as 'peopo'?
00:06:24
Common problems with words that end in '-le.' Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Feb 26, 2014
195: Dropping the /k/ in 'asked' (HIMYM)
00:08:47
YES, you can pronounce it as 'ast'! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Feb 05, 2014
194: 'faux pas, chauffeur, fiance,' and more
00:09:36
Loanwords from French into English. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jan 22, 2014
193: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
00:05:47
In this Christmas special, learn where to find free ebooks and audio books online! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Dec 19, 2013
192: Special holiday words
00:08:46
Mistletoe, tree farms, Scrooges, and more... Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Dec 05, 2013
191: The difference between 'my car' and 'Mike are'
00:09:17
Aspiration, of course. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Nov 27, 2013
190: From 'wait time' to 'snack time'
00:05:24
Linking different stops is a bit harder than linking same and similar stops. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Nov 13, 2013
189: Linking magic!
00:09:22
Linking same and similar stop sounds increases spoken fluency. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Oct 30, 2013
188: Heteronyms: 'Lead' rhymes with 'read'
00:06:51
AND 'lead' rhymes with 'read'! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Oct 16, 2013
187: 'Fall' and 'autumn'
00:07:11
In the US, it's 'fall;' in the UK, it's 'autumn.' Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Oct 02, 2013
186: Fake it 'til you make it!
00:05:31
Are you uncomfortable speaking really well? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Sep 11, 2013
185: From /ʒ/ to /ʤ/ ('zh' to 'j')
00:07:11
A natural progression through consonant sounds. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Aug 28, 2013
184: Pronouncing /ʒ/ the 'zh sound'
00:05:40
If you can say sh, you can say zh! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Aug 14, 2013
183: expected and unexpected /s/ and /ʃ/ minimal pairs
00:06:06
Pairs like 'sock' and 'shock' are obvious; 'sour' and 'shower' might not be. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jul 31, 2013
182: 'on' and 'off': /ɑn/ and /ɔf/
00:06:45
The 'cot/caught' merger and short o/aw sound revisited. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jul 17, 2013
181: The troublesome 'thr' /θr/ combination
00:06:57
Practice words like 'three, through, throw, thread,' and 'threaten.' Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jul 03, 2013
180: 'because'→'cuz': stressed, unstressed, informal
00:06:19
How to know which form of this high-frequency word to use. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jun 19, 2013
179: The silent /p/ in 'pneumatic' and 'psychology'
00:04:00
A listener request for an explanation of less-common patterns. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jun 05, 2013
178: "Feeling" the vibration of vowel sounds
00:09:41
Learn the feel the 'long e' /i/, 'short a' /æ/, and 'short o' /ɑ/. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
May 15, 2013
177: -ate suffix revisited--advanced lesson
00:09:14
Highly fluent speakers understand this suffix. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
May 01, 2013
176: Swearing!
00:11:27
If you're going to swear, you'd better be able to pronounce short vowel sounds! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Apr 17, 2013
175: Short Vowels Minimal Sets
00:08:06
Practice sets like: pat, pet, pit, pot, putt. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Apr 03, 2013
174: 3-sound clusters beginning with 's'
00:07:33
/skr/ (scratch) /spl/ (splash) /spr/ (spree) and /str/ (streak) Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Mar 20, 2013
173: Digraphs and trigraphs, complicated spelling patterns
00:10:00
sh, th, tch, dge, gn, mb, and more!
Mar 06, 2013
172: The 'cc' spelling pronunciations (as in 'accuse' and 'succeed)
00:07:10
Is it /k/ as in 'accuse' or /ks/ as in 'succeed' Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Feb 20, 2013
171: The silent /l/ in the word 'salmon'
00:06:12
Even words we don't use often still matter. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Feb 06, 2013
170: 'schwa+r' /ɚ/ paragraph practice
00:08:21
Practice this difficult sound in context. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jan 23, 2013
169: Pronouncing 'Seattle'
00:11:09
It takes an advanced lesson to handle a word like 'Seattle.' Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jan 09, 2013
168: Stress pronunciation patterns in 3-syllable words
00:07:28
Main stress, secondary stress, and schwa, all in one word
Dec 19, 2012
167: When to use the informal contraction 'useta'
00:09:16
And when can 'used to' be substituted by 'would.' Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Dec 05, 2012
166: Understanding /ŋ/, the 'ng' sound
00:08:58
When does (and doesn't) the g sound follow the ng sound? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Nov 07, 2012
165: What is the vocal tract?
00:07:38
From the lips to the throat and the nose down to the vocal cords. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Oct 24, 2012
164: Consonant clusters in English
00:08:35
/br/, /pr/, /gr/, /kr/, and /skr/ at the beginning of a word. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Oct 10, 2012
163: -ile and the differences in American and British English
00:06:18
fragile: /ˈfrædʒ əl/ in the US /ˈfrædʒ aɪl/ in the UK. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Sep 26, 2012
162: The differences between /b/ and /v/
00:08:37
Two different, yet similar sounds. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Sep 12, 2012
161: Schwa in 2-syllable words
00:09:30
The importance of tiny syllables! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Aug 29, 2012
160: w+a (want), w+a-r (warm), w+o-r (work)
00:08:39
Less-known patterns for the aw sound, schwa+r, and or sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Aug 08, 2012
159: What are non-phonetic words?
00:07:30
Words that aren't pronounced like we'd expect. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jul 25, 2012
158: Vowels plus voiced and unvoiced consonants
00:12:14
Vowel sound duration depends on many things. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jul 11, 2012
157: Native French speakers special!
00:11:14
The top 10 errors made by native French speakers. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jun 27, 2012
156: Silent letters in high-frequency words
00:05:39
Which high-frequency words have a silent consonant?
May 30, 2012
155: The f sound and semi-irregular plurals
00:10:18
3 things to keep in mind when making 'wife' into 'wives' and 'leaf' into 'leaves.' Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
May 16, 2012
154: 'She sells seashells'
00:08:06
A tongue twister to compare the sh sound and s sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
May 02, 2012
153: 'Look at Luke!'
00:07:39
Compare the oo sound and other u sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Apr 18, 2012
152: 's-c-h' and the word 'schedule'
00:04:13
An American/British difference and a Greek history. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Apr 04, 2012
151: j/ch sounds plus -ed ending
00:08:03
Practice adding the -ed ending to the j or ch sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Mar 14, 2012
150: Common spellings and non-phonetic words
00:08:42
How do we choose which spellings are common and which words are non-phonetic? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Feb 29, 2012
149: Practicing the /w/ and /v/
00:06:57
/w/ and /v/ in paragraph practice. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Feb 15, 2012
148: More 'th' sounds practice
00:08:03
Practice quickly saying the th sounds in paragraphs. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Feb 01, 2012
147: The -ious suffix
00:08:03
All of those vowels and two different pronunciations make this a tricky suffix. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jan 11, 2012
146: Happy "New" Year!
00:08:06
"New" in American and British English. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Dec 28, 2011
145: a, e,i, o, u and sometimes y
00:09:32
Why is 'y' sometimes a vowel. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Dec 14, 2011
144: -ed ending exceptions
00:06:42
Some -ed adjectives gain a syllable. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Nov 30, 2011
143: Don't over-pronounce sounds
00:07:34
Exaggeration is not authentic speech. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Nov 02, 2011
142: The syllabic /l/
00:07:13
Don't add a vowel sound! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Oct 12, 2011
141: We "recently" changed our t sound lesson
00:09:07
Updates to the alternative t sound patterns. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Sep 28, 2011
140: The 'oo' spelling of the words 'foot' and 'soon'
00:06:58
The oo sound is more common, but the other u sound is possible. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Sep 14, 2011
139: Pronunciation of 'sure'
00:08:43
It begins with an sh sound, but after that, it gets a little complicated. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Aug 31, 2011
138: Pronunciation of 'often'
00:04:45
/t/ or no /t/, and what about the 'o'? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Aug 10, 2011
137: 'ct' spelling plus -ed and -s ending
00:09:30
Difficult consonant combinations explained. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jul 27, 2011
135: m sound/n sound/ng sound
00:07:22
The sounds that come out your nose! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jun 29, 2011
134: consonant-y-consonant
00:08:20
The letter "y" in the middle of a word. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jun 15, 2011
133: t/d, p/b, and k/g at the beginning of a word
00:07:50
Puff practice! Stop sounds at the beginning of words. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jun 01, 2011
132: ea spelling: long e or short e
00:09:31
Which pronunciation is the most common for this spelling? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
May 18, 2011
131: The word "new" in place names
00:04:41
Syllable stress patterns in open compound nouns. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Apr 28, 2011
130: 2-syllable word stress
00:08:37
How accurate are the 2-syllable word stress patterns?
Mar 30, 2011
129: Portuguese speakers special, part 2
00:13:17
Troublesome consonant sounds for Portuguese speakers. Troublesome consonant sounds for Portuguese speakers.
Mar 16, 2011
128: The pronunciations of i-consonant-e
00:09:54
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.
Mar 02, 2011
127: Portuguese speakers special, part 1
00:12:13
The English vowel sounds that cause problems for Portuguese speakers. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Feb 17, 2011
126: Unstressed syllables, part 2
00:09:28
Short i as an unstressed vowel sound for English as a Second Language Learners. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Feb 02, 2011
125: Unstressed syllables, part 1
00:09:03
Schwa: the most important weak vowel sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jan 19, 2011
124: French words in English
00:07:26
How the French language affects English pronunciation. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jan 04, 2011
123: A Merry, Marry, Mary Christmas
00:06:22
A tri-sound merger explained for the Holidays. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Dec 22, 2010
119: The bunched /r/
00:08:29
Which of these two techniques for the r sound works best for you? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Oct 27, 2010
118: The prefix re-
00:09:25
long e, short i, short e, and schwa: all pronunciations of re- Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Oct 13, 2010
117: Suffixes with /ʧ/ (ch sound)
00:07:14
The -tion, -tial, -ure, and -al suffix and how they relate to the ch sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Sep 29, 2010
116: Using 'ain't'
00:10:36
When is--and when isn'--'ain't' appropriate? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Sep 15, 2010
115: Sound combinations: sp-, st-, sk-, sc-
00:08:54
What happens to unvoiced stops after the s sound? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Sep 01, 2010
114: 'Puff' (aspiration) details of stop sounds
00:09:17
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.
Aug 18, 2010
113: The /h/, like a chameleon
00:07:07
No sound can become more like surrounding sounds than the h sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Aug 04, 2010
112: Dropping the /d/
00:10:15
Here is a little-discussed rule about omitting the d sound in certain consonant clusters. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jul 21, 2010
111: Linking /v/ and /f/
00:08:37
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.
Jul 07, 2010
110: Troublesome /v/ and /f/
00:12:13
Be careful with the /b/, /p/ and /w/ when working with the /f/ and /v/. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jun 23, 2010
109: /s/, /z/, /ʃ/, /ʒ/ (s, z, sh, and zh sounds) compare and contrast
00:15:43
Four sounds that are quite similar, but different in a few very important ways. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jun 09, 2010
108: In the US, it is 'learned' and 'spelled,' while the British kept 'learnt' and 'spelt'
00:08:29
The English past tense became regular; the British kept the irregular spelling. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jun 02, 2010
107: 'ck' after short vowels (as in back), 'k' after all the others (as in 'bake)
00:06:11
Learning intricate English phonetic patterns can give you confidence in vowel pronunciation. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
May 26, 2010
106: 'long u' stressed and reduced; /yu/ or /yə/?
00:11:25
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.
May 19, 2010
105: Pronouncing 'though,' 'thought,' 'through,' and 'thorough'
00:06:17
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.
May 12, 2010
104: Pronouncing 'pronounce' and 'pronunciation'
00:06:53
Many patterns of pronunciation can be found through a quick study of these two words. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
May 05, 2010
102: Russian/Ukrainian Special Episode
00:14:14
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.
Apr 21, 2010
101: Subtle oddities of the word 'subtle'
00:06:37
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.
Apr 14, 2010
100: A Hundred/One Hundred
00:09:10
Why is saying 'a hundred' more common than saying 'one hundred' in American English? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Apr 07, 2010
99: Three-word informal contractions
00:06:18
'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.
Mar 31, 2010
97: The transition from 'used to' to 'useta'
00:06:20
Informal contractions are born when speakers find easier ways to pronounce words. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Mar 17, 2010
96: How 'women' could have been 'wimmen'
00:04:47
Noah Webster did his best to make spelling easier, but his ideas weren't always accepted. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Mar 10, 2010
94: /t/+/y/=/ʧ/, /d/+/y/=/ʤ/, surprising 'ch' and 'j' sounds.
00:08:17
Assimilation: two adjacent sounds can cause changes to pronunciation. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Feb 24, 2010
93: Do you accidentally make your /l/ into /w/?
00:08:46
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.
Feb 10, 2010
91: iPad/iPod, the world's newest /æ,ɑ/ (short a/short o) minimal pair
00:05:16
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.
Jan 27, 2010
90: The j sound, spelled j, dge, ge, and g(i)
00:06:29
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.
Jan 20, 2010
88: Why is 'tch' (as in 'watch') easier to pronounce than 'ch' (as in which)?
00:09:15
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.
Jan 06, 2010
85: Why is the 'Ch' in 'Christmas' pronounced as /k/?
00:04:57
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.
Dec 16, 2009
84: 'Who,' 'what,' 'when,' and 'where': How do you pronouce words that begin with wh-?
00:05:36
Do you pronounce /h/ in the wh- spelling? Not usually. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Dec 09, 2009
82: Thanksgiving holiday th sounds /ð, θ/ review
00:05:47
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Have fun reviewing the 'th sounds' with this extra practice podcast. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Nov 18, 2009
81: "About a boat," comparing /oʊ/ and /aʊ/
00:08:00
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.
Nov 10, 2009
79: Comparing /eɪ/, /i/, /ɑɪ/ (long a, long i, and long e)
00:12:09
Understanding how the vowel sounds in 'bake,' 'bike' and 'beak' are related to /y/. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Oct 28, 2009
78: Comparing /æ/, /ɑ/, /ɔ/ (short a, short o, and aw)
00:08:11
Understanding a sequence of low vowel sounds (as in 'stack,' 'stock,' and 'stalk') Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Oct 21, 2009
77: Comparing /i/, /ɪ/, /ɛ/, and /ʌ/ (long e, short i, short e, and short u)
00:08:45
Understanding a sequence of very similar sounds (as in 'bead,' 'bid,' 'bed,' and 'bud') Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Oct 07, 2009
75: 'can' and 'can't,' how are they different? Not how you expect!
00:14:03
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.
Sep 16, 2009
74: Are 'for' and 'four' pronounced the same or differently?
00:13:17
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.
Sep 09, 2009
73: Reducing the word 'of' to /ə/
00:10:25
When the word 'of' links into a consonant, the /v/ is often dropped. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Aug 26, 2009
72: Using /n/ instead of /ŋ/ (the 'ng' sound) in -ing ending
00:08:08
-ing: substituting the n sound for the ng sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Aug 19, 2009
71: When and why do some words (like 'interesting') lose a syllable?
00:06:23
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.
Aug 12, 2009
69: Numbers: Teens versus Tens (as in 19 vs. 90)
00:11:19
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.
Jul 22, 2009
68: Voiced and Unvoiced 'th' /ð,θ/ review
00:09:18
Yes, dear listeners, keep your tongue in your mouth! Don't put it between your teeth. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jul 15, 2009
66: Syllabic n's and nasal plosions (as in the words 'sudden' and 'couldn't')
00:12:21
No vowels allowed! Join /d/ and /n/ to sound more fluent. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jul 01, 2009
65: Uh-oh! The glottal stop in place of /t/
00:10:59
What is a glottal stop and when do Americans use it? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jun 24, 2009
63: When Americans drop the /t/ (with audio from The Incredibles)
00:11:50
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.
Jun 03, 2009
61: The American /t/ as a quick /d/
00:11:44
Why does 'water' sound like 'wadder'? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
May 21, 2009
#60 Tag questions aren't really questions, are they?
00:08:01
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.
May 13, 2009
59: Falling pitch boundaries on yes/no questions
00:07:53
When to use a falling pitch instead of a rising pitch on a yes/no question. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
May 06, 2009
58: Pitch Boundaries, Rising and Falling
00:09:07
Pitch boundaries organize conversations, and give important emotional clues about the speaker. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Apr 22, 2009
57: Comparing extra-high and rising pitch words
00:09:54
Learn the difference between contrasting and defensively correcting your listener. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Apr 15, 2009
56: Extra-high pitch words for extra intensity
00:09:01
Add drama, correct someone, and try to not sound angry with these pitch words. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Apr 08, 2009
55: Intonation and high pitch words, an introduction
00:10:54
An introduction to English intonation and high pitch words in yes/no questions. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Apr 01, 2009
53: Phrasal verb sentence stress
00:12:18
Typical sentence stress changes when phrasal verbs are involved: stress the preposition, not the verb. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Mar 18, 2009
52: Linking from the -ed ending
00:14:05
Fluently linking from the -ed ending is important for listening comprehension and proper articulation. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Mar 11, 2009
50: The silent /t/ in '-sten' and '-stle' (as in 'listen' and 'whistle')
00:09:07
There is no /t/ in the pronunciation of words like 'listen' and 'whistle'. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Feb 25, 2009
48: 'talk' and 'walk' and other '-alk' /ɔk/ words
00:08:29
Another silent /l/, plus the 'aw' vowel sound /ɔ/ in this English spelling pattern. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Feb 11, 2009
47: 'should,' 'could,' and 'would': /ʃʊd/, /kʊd/, /wʊd/
00:05:12
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.
Feb 03, 2009
46: 'Three,' 'through,' 'throw' and other /θr/ combination words
00:06:38
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.
Jan 27, 2009
45: Chinese speakers special episode
00:13:50
Learn the specific problems that native speakers of Chinese have when pronouncing English. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jan 21, 2009
44: Letter 'x' pronunciations: /ks/ or /gz/
00:09:00
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.
Jan 14, 2009
43: About the words 'world' and 'word': /wɚld/ and /wɚd/
00:07:06
The /w/, r-controlled vowels, and /l/: lots of opportunity for pronunciation trouble. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jan 07, 2009
42: Spanish speakers special episode
00:13:04
Special episode covering the issues that native Spanish speakers have when speaking English. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Dec 30, 2008
41: The silent b in the -mb spelling (as in 'climb' and 'thumb')
00:04:23
Learn this rule to sound more fluent!
Dec 27, 2008
40: 'been,' not 'bean': /bɪn/, not /bin/
00:04:15
Americans usually pronounce 'been' with a 'short i,' not a 'long e.' Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Dec 17, 2008
39: 'quit, quite,' and 'quiet'
00:05:13
Learn to correctly say these three similar-sounding words. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Dec 10, 2008
38: 'idea'--a troublesome little 4-letter word
00:04:31
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.
Dec 06, 2008
37: 'says' and 'said'--two words NOT pronounced with 'long a' /eɪ/
00:05:51
/sɛz/ and /sɛd/: be careful about mispronouncing these two high-frequency words. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Nov 26, 2008
36: Japanese speaker special
00:07:38
Native Japanese speakers of English face special difficulties when speaking English. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Nov 16, 2008
35: there, their, they're: they're all said the same!
00:04:24
Learn the correct way to pronounce these three homophones. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Nov 15, 2008
34: consonant+y suffix (-cy, -ity, -graphy, -fy) word syllable stress
00:11:27
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.
Nov 08, 2008
33: -ate suffix word syllable stress and heteronyms
00:13:00
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.
Nov 01, 2008
32: -ize suffix (as in 'recognize' and 'prioritize') word syllable stress
00:09:11
Words ending in the -ize suffix are usually stressed on the 3rd-from-last syllable. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Oct 21, 2008
31: -ic suffix word syllable stress
00:10:21
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.
Oct 15, 2008
30: 2-syllable word stress and -tion/-sion syllable stress
00:13:26
English syllable stress follows some very common patterns that can be learned. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Oct 08, 2008
29: Compare /i/ and /ɪ/ ('long e' & 'short i'--as in 'sheep' and 'ship')
00:10:10
Learn about the often mispronounced short i sound, and compare it with the long e sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Sep 30, 2008
28: The /h/ (as in 'hello' and 'happy')
00:08:40
Learn to correctly pronounce /h/ in English, not too hard, not too soft. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Sep 24, 2008
27: The /g/ and /k/, stops in American English
00:06:21
Voicing and aspiration are characteristics of /g/ and /k/ in English pronunciation. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Sep 17, 2008
26: English /m/ and /n/ pronunciation
00:07:21
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.
Sep 10, 2008
25: The 'ng' sound /ŋ/ (as in 'song') pronunciation
00:08:17
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.
Sep 03, 2008
24: The 'ch' /ʧ/ and 'j' /ʤ/ pronunciation in English
00:09:20
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.
Aug 27, 2008
23: The /p/ and /b/ in English
00:06:46
Pronounce /p/ and /b/ correctly and compare them with the consonants /f/ and /v/. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Aug 20, 2008
22: Review all the sounds covered so far
00:10:03
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.
Aug 13, 2008
21: The Rhythm Rule and sentence stress, continued
00:09:58
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.
Aug 06, 2008
20: The Rhythm Rule and Sentence Stress
00:10:32
Spoken English rhythm follows patterns of stressed and unstressed words and syllables. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jul 30, 2008
19: -ed ending pronunciation
00:08:13
/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.
Jul 23, 2008
18: The /f/ and /v/ in English
00:06:17
Compare pronunciation of /f/ and /v/ and learn why they're difficult to say fluently. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jul 16, 2008
17: The 'sh' /ʃ/ and 'zh' /ʒ/ in English
00:07:58
Practice comparing the 'sh' (as in 'she') and lesser known 'zh' (as in 'vision'). Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Jul 09, 2008
16: Reduced Pronouns: 'he, him, her,' and 'them'
00:05:55
Learn how and why to NOT say the first sound of the words 'he, him, her,' and 'them.'
Jul 02, 2008
15: Linking vowel sounds
00:05:50
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.
Jun 24, 2008
14: Linking consonant sounds
00:05:10
Learn how linking from word to word increases spoken English fluency
Jun 18, 2008
13: Informal contractions in American English
00:08:41
wanna, gonna, hafta, whadja, howdja: Learn how to understand and why to use informal contractions in English.
Jun 11, 2008
12: Common contractions in American English
00:13:50
don't, can't, won't, hasn't, didn't, weren't: Learn how to say and why to use common contractions in English.
Jun 04, 2008
11: 'aw' /ɔ/, 'oi' /ɔɪ/, and 'ow' /aʊ/ in American English
00:11:49
Practice comparing the 'aw' with other similar vowels, and practice the diphthongs 'oi' and 'ow.'
May 28, 2008
10: The American English 'oo sound' /u/ and 'other u' /ʊ/
00:12:05
Learn about the tricky /ʊ/ 'other u' (as in 'put') and/u/, the oo sound (as in 'soon').
May 20, 2008
9: The short vowel sounds /æ, ɛ, ɪ, ɑ, ʌ/ in American English
00:12:12
Learn which sounds are short vowels and how to correctly pronounce them.
May 14, 2008
8: The long vowel sounds: /eɪ, i, ɑɪ, oʊ, yu/ in American English
00:13:09
Learn which sounds are long vowels and how to correctly pronounce them. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
May 07, 2008
7: Pronouncing /w/ and /y/
00:09:16
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.
Apr 30, 2008
6: American English r-controlled vowels /ɚ, ɑr, ɔr, ɛr/
00:12:22
Practice saying and hearing the difference between r-controlled vowels: /ɚ, ɑr, ɔr,/ and /ɛr/ Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.
Apr 23, 2008
5: The American English /r/ and /l/
00:08:48
The tricky /r/ can cause even more problems when it is near the /l/. Full transcripts available at www.pronuncian.com/podcasts.
Apr 15, 2008
4: The American English /r/
00:07:32
Learn how the American /r/ is different from the British /r/.
Apr 07, 2008
3: The English /s/ and /z/
00:09:09
When does the -s ending sound like /s/, and when does it sound like /z/?
Apr 01, 2008
2: The English /t/ and /d/
00:07:25
Begin learning about "stops", the /t/ and /d/.
Mar 24, 2008
1: The English 'th sounds' /θ, ð/
00:07:55
Yes, we have two 'th sounds,' /θ,/ and /ð/and they are both very important.
Mar 19, 2008