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HOW TO LEARN THE AMERICAN ACCENT – PEPPY PRONUNCIATION 17 WITH STEVE FORD

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To Learn American pronunciation is easy if you know how to pronounce each of the vowel sounds correctly. This lesson is the first part of two lessons in which I explain each sound so that you can learn American pronunciation perfectly


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One thing that may surprise you is that the difference between eat vs. it is hard for almost ALL non-native speakers of English. I teach people from all over the planet and they all seem to find it difficult to pronounce the short i sound – ih – properly. Hopefully showing you in my video lesson where the tongue and lips should be positioned will help you pronounce things perfectly. Of course, a small mistake with beach vs. bitch or sheet vs. shit may get you into an embarrassing situation. Be careful!
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These two vowel sounds can be difficult for some non-native English speakers. You also want to check for standard American pronunciation which can be found in any online dicitionary such as Merriam-Webster, Longman or Oxford. Some parts of the US, particularly the South, use a different pronunciation of words like bad vs. bed. So someone with a strong southern accent may be saying bad, but sounds like bed in standard American English.
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The “ah” sound as in watch, bought, thought etc. is very important to pronounce correctly in American English. From my personal teaching experience, it’s quite common for non-native speakers to study at both American and British schools resulting in a mixed accent. So a word like “watch” in American English should sound like “w+ah+tch”, however, I hear a lot of non-native English speakers saying the British, “w+oh+tch”. In my lesson I give you a good idea on how to pronounce this sound by opening up your mouth and projecting the sound from the back of the through – this is a deep sound – with the tongue relaxing on the bottom of your mouth.