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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>
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!
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.
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.
Hello! Hello! Hello everybody! This American pronunciation lesson will help you to speak american English fluently like a pro!!!
To speak English naturally like a native speaker, it is very important to be able to know how to link words together. There are many words that when combined make new sounds, for example, d + j, t + y. So when you have would you it is spoken woul(j)ou, don't you is spoken don(ch)ou. There are many other examples which I use in my lesson.
Jack sounds like a pro!!!
Meet Jack, he is a professional guitar player. Jack sounds like a pro. Did you know native English speakers do not pronounce the "ck" in Jack? We actually say Ja, yes that's right Ja instead of Jack. There is another example in this sentence where a consonant is omitted: "sounds like a" which is more like, "soun(d)z lika".
Kate plays the guitar!!!
Meet Kate, Jack's daughter who also plays the guitar. Did you know we don't pronounce the "t" in Kate. We actually say it more like Kay. The "s" in plays also is pronounced with a "z" sound. So Kay playz the guiTAR.
Hello! Hello! Hello everybody! This American pronunciation lesson will help you to pronounce numbers and money perfectly!!
Did you have your fist kiss at thirTEEN or THIRty? A lot of English learners find it hard to say and hear the difference between 13/30, 14/40, 15/50 etc. The best way to pronounce these numbers is to make a certain part of the word louder i.e. thirTEEN vs. THIRty. Even native speakers who are talking by telephone have difficulty understanding the difference between these numbers so don't worry too much. Just try to remember my tip about which part of the word should be louder and you should be fine.
Decimal points and commas can be tricky. The reason is that in English 2,000 is two thousand. However, in other languages two thousand may be written with a decimal point 2.000. This can be confusing so please try to remember that in English we may use the comma and decimal point differently from the way other people use it in other languages.
Saying large numbers when talking about money can be a little confusing, but not impossible. In my video lesson I talk about the most expensive auction items ever sold. So for example there is Marilyn Monroe's dress which sold for $1,267,500.00 . In American English you can say: one/a million two hundred sixty-seven thousand five hundred. However, in British English it would be: one million two hundred and sixty-seven thousand five hundred. Note that in American English there is no "and". Americans may also use "a" instead of "one".
A lot of English learners can be confused about how to say and write dates in English. They can be written in different ways: 3 June, June 3, 3rd June, June 3rd. If you want to keep it simple, you can say all of these examples in both American and British English as June 3rd.
Phone numbers can be said differently in American and British English. Typically Americans and Canadians will say a number like 55 as five, five. The British ,however, say double five. That goes for 555 in which Americans say five, five, five and the British would say tripple five.