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How to improve your American pronunciation - Peppy Pronunciation 11 with Steve Ford


Hello! Hello! Hello! Here is my latest video on how you can polish your pronunciation in English. The focus of my lesson is on words that many of my students struggle with. Hopefully with my tips, we will all be able to speak just like native English speakers do!

Words Ending in "ase" and "ace"

Quite often non-native speakers get stuck when they try to figure out how to pronounce words like: purchase, necklace, and surface. The list of such words is lengthy and it is worth noting, as I mention in my lesson, how native speakers of English do not pronounce such endings with a long "a" sound. This of course goes against the rule that they try to teach English students: if you have a vowel followed by "e", the preceding vowel is long. That is sometimes true: fat vs. fate, mat vs. mate. However, you will learn how this can be different with some words which I discuss in the video.

Words Ending in "age"

Here is another word ending that does not necessarily follow the rule. I have lost count of the number of times my students will pronounce "average" with a long "a" sound. So we can say "age" with the long "a" sound, but as you will see in the video, this is not the case for the word "average.

Words Ending in "ate"

This word ending is another common pronunciation mistake for many non-native English speakers. I don't blame them and I want to tell you right now that if you are going to say the word "desperate", for example, you need to pronounce the ending as if it were "it" NOT "ate". I give other examples in my video lesson.

Practice! Practice! Practice!

I have included some practice phrases in my video lesson for each of the 3 groups of words previously mentioned. You will be able to see how I use words that take the long "a" sound and the short "i" sound to get a firm idea of the difference and hopefully this will help you on your way to speaking English like a native speaker.  

Well everybody, I hope you enjoyed my lesson and I look forward to seeing you all online

Learn English with Steve Ford - American pronunciation tips

Hello everyone! This is my tenth pronunciation lesson based on my day-to-day experience teaching students all over the world. The most important thing is to keep it simple and you will be able to speak with an standard American accent very quickly. 

Words Ending in "ous"

One of the particulars of the American accent is the way words are pronounced ending with "ous". I hear a lot of non-native speakers who tend to pronounce "ous" in a totally different way. This is quite common for even advanced speakers of English which includes non-native English teachers. I go over a few ways on how you can polish this in my video lesson.

Words Ending in "t"

I have already done a few prior videos dealing with the pronunciation of "t" in American English. In daily speech, it's common to hear native speakers simply not use the "t" in certain words like "internet" and "can't". This of course drives students nuts since they never now when they should use "t" and when they shouldn't. With the examples i use in my lesson, you will know more words which don't use the "t".

Words Ending in "ion"

This is especially important for mastering the American accent since most non-native speakers are simply unaware of how words ending in "ion" are really pronounced. Let's take one word that my students always need help with: information. To get a full idea of how to pronounce this word, I am able to help my students immediately by spelling the word in the way that we say it: in for MAY shin. If you can develop this strategy too, you'll be able to remember this notation tip and avoid years of making the same mistake.

How to learn American pronunciation - Peppy Pronunciation Lesson 9 with Steve Ford

Hello! Hello! Hello! Here is a video you will love to help you with tricky pronunciation in American English. One of the most common misconceptions English learners have is that pronunciation mistakes are not fixable. Well, I am here to tell you that with a few easy tips, you can clear up doubts about pronunciation that you may have had for a long time.

"an" vs. "en"

A pet peeve for pronunciation lessons is pan vs. pen, than vs. then, can vs. Ken etc. This is particularly a challenge for those learning American English as the "an" is pronounced differently to British English. 

Ken vs. can

Even for native speakers the name "Ken" and "can" are quite difficult to tell apart. In my lesson you will hear example sentences and I invite you to play the video in that part, several times to repeat and internalize the slight difference.

Try to exaggerate the sounds!

You are strongly encouraged to heavily exaggerate the two sounds taught in today's lesson.Try to be an actor and develop your American persona to effectively polish your pronunciation. I have found this technique of visualizing that I am a native speaker of the target language I want to master highly helpful! Don't knock it until you try it!

More music

I find myself pushing the boundaries of my lessons by showing my viewers all of the step-by-step work that goes into a 5 minute lesson: playing all of the instruments and writing/recording the music, shooting and editing the video. I am extremely happy to be able to make something memorable and exciting for all of you to learn! Enjoy the lesson!