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How to Learn American Accents - Peppy Pronunciation 14 with Steve Ford

Hello! Hello! Hello and welcome to a fun pronunciation lesson.


Many English language learners are not aware why they can't understand Americans in Hollywood movies. One of the reasons is that the t's are simply not pronounced. As you will see in my lesson there are many words such as "want" and "can't". Now this can get confusing for non-native speakers of English because they might not be able to understand if someone is saying they "can" or can't" do something. Watch my lesson to find out how to know the difference.


Now here is a word that everybody uses every day. Have you ever paid attention to the way native speakers of English in the U.S.A. and Canada use it? If you have, you will have noticed that when they say it really fast the t's totally disappear. In my lesson you will be able to hear the full, complete pronunciation of this word and then the way a native speaker pronounces it here in North America.


Many people who are not from the U.S.A. might get the impression from Hollywood movies and music that all Americans either talk like a Texan cowboy or a New York rapper. It's important to know that although these two kinds of accents exist, they are only two examples of a much longer list of accents from North America. One region of the United States which has many different kinds of accents is New York state, particularly New York city. I have been to New York and know from personal experience what some of these accents are like and in my lesson I share them with you.


 So if you want to know what the standard American pronunciation of "coffee" is in North America it is: c -ah-fee. So the "o" has an "ah" sound. However, when you go to New York, you can hear  many different kinds of ways of pronouncing this:


You really have to watch my lesson to hear the different ways these are pronounced. This pronunciation is typical in Brooklyn, the Bronx, New Jersey among others. If you go to New York and take a taxi or talk to someone in a restaurant, there is a strong chance someone will use this kind of pronunciation.


BE CAREFUL OF RURAL ACCENTS! This can be anywhere in North America, especially in smaller cities or towns. As I explain in my lesson, rural accents can be hard to understand because most of the consonants in the words are not pronounced. In my lesson I tell a story about an experience I had recently driving into the United States and you have to see it to believe it.



improve your pronunciation in English - Peppy Pronunciation 13 with Steve Ford



A very difficult sound for learners of English to pronounce is the sound in words like: fool, school and tool. A very similar sound can be heard in the words: fuel and cruel. In my video lesson you will learn that it is easy to pronounce these two sounds if you can practice putting your tongue in the right place in your mouth. My method for learning these difficult sounds is also saying them using two different words.  For example, "fuel" could be pronounced "few + ol". Compare that to "fool" which is like "foo(d) + ol. I give another way of remembering how to pronounce these in the lesson.


I show different tongue positions when pronouncing many of the vowel sounds which are similar in English. Another important thing to pay attention to is how open or closed your mouth is when you are making these sounds. So for example, in the case of "fool", you need to "pucker" your lips. This means you need to tighten your lips in a circle as if you were going to give one of those more reserved kisses on the cheek to your grandmother. You really need to exaggerate the movements as I explain them in the video lesson to make sure your pronunciation is perfect!


There is definitely a lot going on when we try to pronounce similar sounding words like: chip vs. cheap, ship vs. sheep, chip vs. ship and cheap vs. sheep. So be careful of the "ch" sound vs. the "sh" sound. Another sound you can work on is the long "e" sound like in "sheep" and the short "i" sound like in "ship". Try to find words that all have the same sound to group them together. So, for example: ship, slip, dip and sheep, keep, deep. business meeting in a native English speaking country.

How to improve your American pronunciation - Peppy Pronunciation 12 with Steve Ford



Hello! Hello! Hello! Here is a great brand new video I have made for any English learner who wants to avoid embarrassing pronunciation mistakes. There are many and I have shown some great examples in my video lesson.

Beach vs. Bitch

The short "i" sound in English has always been difficult for learners to pronounce. For example: eat vs. it, beat vs. bit. But sometimes this pronunciation mistake can be embarrassing when you say "shit" instead of "sheet" or "bitch" rather than "bitch". Does this happen to you? If so, i have provided an example of how this happens in our lesson and also I test you on it during the end part of the video. It's worth noting that sometimes "bitch" means prostitute, while at other times it is pejorative(BE CAREFUL USING IT) for a female who is being a pain in the neck.

Six vs. Sex

Once again we have two words that sound quite similar, but don't be fooled. It's the same difference as we saw in our first example and if you say "sex" instead of "six" someone might understand something totally different. So I can't stress enough the importance of getting the pronunciation of the two correct! I explain this in the context of a funny situation in our video lesson.

Focus vs. Fuck us

This difference in vowel sounds is the long "o" sound and the short "u" sound. If you say this the wrong way, you might end up landing yourself in a whole lot of trouble. In my lesson I give examples of other words with the long "o" sound so that you can master the pronunciation of "focus".

Decade vs. Dick Head

In American pronunciation, decade is pronounced with the short "e" sound as in "bed", "Ted", "fled". the second word is a HUGE and vulgar insult for men so be careful you are using the right pronunciation. Don't worry! Watch the lesson and you can make sure you are pronouncing that one correctly!





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