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American English Alphabet Letters Pronunciation 12/20/2022

American English Alphabet Letters Pronunciation

Ever have trouble spelling out your name or your street address? Learn how to say American English letter names in a way that guarantees that you will be understood the first time!

American English Alphabet Letters Pronunciation Learn how to avoid common pitfalls and miscommunication when saying the names of letters in American English. LEARN WITH ME For full-length lessons related t...

Silent Vowels and Syllabic Consonants 11/03/2021

Silent Vowels and Syllabic Consonants

You've probably heard about silent consonants in American English, but did you know we also have tons of silent VOWELS?

Before you watch the video, see if you can think of some words with vowel letters that aren't pronounced (other than the well-known silent "e" we see in words like "cake").

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cxqv0sJJKzA&t=184s

Silent Vowels and Syllabic Consonants At the ends of words, watch out for syllabic consonants! In American English, you'll find tons of words with silent vowel letters before specific consonant s...

08/03/2021

If you have difficulty being understood when you speak in English, don't automatically assume it's because of your pronunciation!

View comments for the link to the full video.

The #1 Word to NOT Mispronounce at Work! 07/22/2021

The #1 Word to NOT Mispronounce at Work!

Learn how to pronounce a *very* frequently used word as expected in American English so that you don't have a very awkward misunderstanding! 😲😲😲

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFS8XY3g1uo&t=3s

The #1 Word to NOT Mispronounce at Work! Join us at Englission to learn one very common word that can very easily go wrong in American English. Make sure you pronounce this word correctly and don't ...

05/21/2021

Update/Answer: Okay, so no one was brave enough to try to answer this one! That's okay :) Listen to where stress is placed in the word "reply".

My husband captured this short video clip for me. I love that when he hears weird things he gets excited to report back to me! Does anyone notice anything strange? Let me know if you need a hint 😉

Upcoming events | Dallas American English Pronunciation & Language (Dallas, TX) 05/03/2021

Upcoming events | Dallas American English Pronunciation & Language (Dallas, TX)

Join us for a donation-based/free English class online this Wednesday at 6:30pm CST.

- Meet with an expert coach
- Cover pronunciation concepts in a structured way
- Get feedback on pronunciation and language

Check it out here: https://www.meetup.com/Dallas-American-English-Pronunciation-Language/events/

Hope to see you there!

Upcoming events | Dallas American English Pronunciation & Language (Dallas, TX) Upcoming events for Dallas American English Pronunciation & Language in Dallas, TX. A Meetup group with over 590 Members.

05/03/2021

My daughters are finally old enough to play my favorite card game ("Speed"). As I was looking at the cards, I was wondering if you knew...

The "d" and "s" at the end of the word "cards" should actually sound like "d" and "z." You should feel vibration in your throat as you make these sounds. If you don't make these sounds vibrate, this word will sound like "carts."

You can learn more about voicing and go through some examples here: https://www.accentreductionaustin.com/voicing-basics/

Happy practicing!

04/26/2021

The start of a new year is always a good time to think about change, but I always reflect on my goals again as summertime approaches. I know many of you out there are either interviewing right now or thinking about changing jobs. I hope you'll get something out of our blog series on interview skills. Even if you're not interviewing right now, you'll find that many of the communication tips are applicable in your daily life. Always a good time for a refresher! https://www.accentreductionaustin.com/nail-your-interview-part-ii-interact-and-connect/

09/21/2019

Native speakers of Yoruba or Swahili: Want to donate a 2-minute audio sample? I will reward you :) Please send a PM for details.

09/20/2019

A big day for VOTW... First paying customer in Dallas! So excited about our new location and the people we will get to teach here.

09/05/2019

CHALLENGE 💪🏻: In the comments, write a sentence that uses one of these phrases! Let’s see how well you understand their use. No cheating with Google 🙂

BONUS ITEM🌟: There’s one item on this list that I never hear... do you know which one it is?

Small Talk…Big Problems? 08/20/2019

Small Talk…Big Problems?

Small Talk: Not Rocket Science If you struggle with small talk, you’re probably making it more complicated than it really is. Small talk is about finding common ground. It is about filling a small amount of space with little nothings. It’s about passing the time in a friendly way and fostering goodwill. It is not rocket science, even though it can feel like it sometimes. [ 666 more words ]
https://voicesoftheworld.wordpress.com/2019/08/20/small-talk-big-problems/

Small Talk…Big Problems? Small Talk: Not Rocket Science If you struggle with small talk, you’re probably making it more complicated than it really is. Small talk is about finding common ground. It is about filling a small …

VOTW Class Location Options and Preferences 08/07/2019

VOTW Class Location Options and Preferences

[ACTION ITEM] Potential New Location!

We need your feedback about location for classes. Please complete this super short (anonymous) survey to let us know which area of town is most convenient for you. If we get a good response, this could mean additional free or very affordable classes in your area.

This survey is open to all current and former students as well as those who are thinking about joining us for classes. All of these opinions matter to us.

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08/05/2019

Do you speak your native language with your kids? What has been helpful for you in getting them to use that language with other kids or people outside of your immediate family (instead of falling back on English when it's possible)?

07/17/2019

I can't believe it has already been 2 weeks since I had the pleasure of teaching this AWESOME group of ESL teachers from Brazil at UT Austin. Hope to see all of you again in the future!!

P.S. Most of you gave me your email address to get tips/articles/updates, but I had a lot of trouble deciphering the writing as almost everyone used cursive. Feel free to sign up again here if you think I may have missed yours: http://eepurl.com/drnFoD

04/17/2019

We are looking for speakers of different language backgrounds (who have not had pronunciation classes) to record words/sentences/paragraphs from our training book. No skills and no prep necessary! In return for an hour of recording time, participants will receive an hour of free training.

Languages Needed:

- Russian or Ukrainian
- Spanish
- Vietnamese
- French
- Indian language backgrounds
- Japanese
- Korean
- Portuguese
- German
- Italian

People interested in participating can reach out to me by email at [email protected] to get more information.

Number-Noun Modifiers | Grammar Quizzes 02/27/2019

Number-Noun Modifiers | Grammar Quizzes

Grammar Tip! Notice the difference? "The hike was three miles long." vs. "It was a three-mile hike." In the second sentence, "mile" does not have an "s" because it is used as part of a noun modifier. Check out this link for a few more examples. https://www.grammar-quizzes.com/adj_numbermodifiers.html

Number-Noun Modifiers | Grammar Quizzes Contrast modifying nouns with number modifiers vs. number-noun modifiers (a ladder with six steps vs. a six-step ladder); contrast Arabic vs. spelled-out numbers.

02/22/2019

Ben Learning About "t" Pronunciation

An impromptu pronunciation lesson for my husband, who is a native speaker of American English. Notice that even though he pronounces the words perfectly, he doesn't know what sounds he's really producing or how. When asked to explain, he changes his pronunciation of the words to what he "thinks" it should be (rather than what is actually correct). This is how many non-native speakers end up getting incorrect or ineffective pronunciation advice, sometimes even from English teachers.

the definition of often 02/21/2019

the definition of often

A lot of my students ask about the word "often." Should you pronounce the "t"? Short Answer: You don't have to, but it's not a big deal if you do. Both pronunciations are common. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/often

the definition of often Often definition, many times; frequently: He visits his parents as often as he can. See more.

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Ben Learning About "t" Pronunciation

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