American English Pronunciation Podcast

American English Pronunciation Podcast

Synopsis

The American English Pronunciation podcasts teaches non-native English speakers and ESL/ELL students correct English pronunciation in short lessons. Learn, listen, repeat!

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Episodes

  • 221: Compare unvoiced th to /f/, /s/, and /t/
    221: Compare 'unvoiced th' to /f/, /s/, and /t/
    Duration: 12min | 28/11/2016

    Compare words like "thin/fin," "mouth/mouse," and "both/boat" Transcripts at pronuncian.com

  • 220: The n-g spelling creates /ŋ/, as in the word song
    220: The 'n-g' spelling creates /ŋ/, as in the word 'song'
    Duration: 06min | 12/11/2016

    At the end of the word, the /ŋ/ doesn't need an additional /g/. The /g/ is potentially included mid-word. Transcripts available at pronuncian.com

  • 219: /g+n/ as in signal and ignore
    219: /g+n/ as in "signal" and "ignore"
    Duration: 09min | 26/10/2016

    "Coarticulating" the /g/ and /n/ is the trick to fluent pronunciation of these two sounds. Don't release the /g/ before starting the /n/. Transcripts available on Pronuncian.com

  • 218: Learn to hear vowels to learn to pronounce them
    218: Learn to hear vowels to learn to pronounce them
    Duration: 14min | 14/10/2016

    Test your ability to identify vowel sounds with this special listening quiz episode. Transcripts available on pronuncian.com.

  • 217: Compare long e, short i, and short e /i, ?, ?/
    217: Compare long e, short i, and short e /i, ?, ?/
    Duration: 11min | 29/09/2016

    The long e, short i, and short e /i, ɪ, ɛ/, are three front vowel sounds that can be practiced from a high, front tongue position to a mid-front position. Compare and contrast! Full podcast transcripts available at pronuncian.com.

  • 216: The Cardinal Vowels--long e /i/, oo sound /u/, short o /?/, and short a /æ/
    216: The Cardinal Vowels--long e /i/, oo sound /u/, short o /?/, and short a /æ/
    Duration: 12min | 15/09/2016

    All about that vowels diagram that shows the vowel sounds placed over a sort of square-like shape that’s bigger on the top than it is on the bottom. Transcripts at pronuncian.com.

  • 215: Adding bonus information by using a low pitch
    215: Adding "bonus" information by using a low pitch
    Duration: 08min | 01/09/2016

    Use a low pitch to signal a spoken aside (like information that would be written in parentheses or between commas). Transcripts available at pronuncian.com.

  • 214: Yes/No Pitch Patterns
    214: Yes/No Pitch Patterns
    Duration: 10min | 20/08/2016

    Understand the rising and falling pitch patterns for yes/no questions and learn how to read emotion. Transcripts on pronuncian.com. Classes available from seattlelearning.com.

  • 213: Intonation of Wh- Questions
    213: Intonation of Wh- Questions
    Duration: 06min | 07/08/2016

    What are you *really* asking? Using a rising or a falling pitch on a wh- question means something different than using a rising pitch. Transcripts available at pronuncian.com

  • 212: /r+?/ “explore” into “explorer”
    212: /r+?/ “explore” into “explorer”
    Duration: 07min | 25/07/2016

    Adding /ɚ/ (schwa+r) to an /r/ can be difficult. Make it into two syllables, but don't add a vowel sound between. Learn how here! By Seattle Learning Academy. Transcripts on pronuncian.com.

  • 211: Compare /æ/ and /?/ (short a and short o)
    211: Compare /æ/ and /?/ ('short a' and 'short o')
    Duration: 07min | 28/03/2016

    Words like 'hat' and 'hot' are important to distinguish. Full episode transcripts available at Pronuncian.com

  • 210: -ue ending (unique, avenue, and rescue)
    210: '-ue' ending (unique, avenue, and rescue)
    Duration: 07min | 28/07/2015

    Is it silent, pronounced as 'long u' or 'oo sound'? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 209: The difference between /?/ and /?/: schwa and short u
    209: The difference between /?/ and /?/: schwa and short u
    Duration: 09min | 26/03/2015

    What's up with /ə/ and /ʌ/ in words like 'custom' /ˈkʌs təm/? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 208: Cone/corn, coat/court
    208: Cone/corn, coat/court
    Duration: 07min | 12/03/2015

    Practice the difference between the or sound and the long o sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 207: Why is quarter so hard to say?
    207: Why is 'quarter' so hard to say?
    Duration: 08min | 26/02/2015

    Rhyming with 'shorter' and 'border,' this is a quirky word. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 206: I like/Id like... bacon!
    206: I like/I'd like... bacon!
    Duration: 08min | 12/02/2015

    Rhythm and linking from /d/. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 205: Dealing with o-u-g-h
    205: Dealing with 'o-u-g-h'
    Duration: 07min | 29/01/2015

    No English spelling could be more confusing. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 204: How have to becomes hafta
    204: How 'have to' becomes 'hafta'
    Duration: 07min | 15/01/2015

    Informal contractions for fluency! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 203: When /t/ sounds like /d/ during linking: alveolar stop
    203: When /t/ sounds like /d/ during linking: alveolar stop
    Duration: 08min | 01/01/2015

    Most recognize the /d/ in the pronunciation of 'little' but how about in 'out_of'? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 202: How similar are /n/ and /l/?
    202: How similar are /n/ and /l/?
    Duration: 05min | 13/11/2014

    Even small differences in vocal tract profiles can make a big difference. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 201: Why is symptom pronounced that way?
    201: Why is 'symptom' pronounced that way?
    Duration: 05min | 16/10/2014

    Learn the many variations of the letter 'o' pronunciation. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 200: A new spelling poem!
    200: A new spelling poem!
    Duration: 05min | 02/10/2014

    Written for you, by Amanda, to help you learn the long vowel spellings. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 199: Would you like some coffee or tea?
    199: Would you like some coffee or tea?
    Duration: 06min | 26/06/2014

    Practice intonation patterns of choice questions. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 198: Pronouncing clothes, close (verb), and close (adjective)
    198: Pronouncing 'clothes,' 'close' (verb), and 'close' (adjective)
    Duration: 07min | 12/06/2014

    Make these difficult words easier to say! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 197: Linking vowels to sound fluent!
    197: Linking vowels to sound fluent!
    Duration: 10min | 27/03/2014

    Some before and after student audio to illustrate linking. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 196: Do you say people as peopo?
    196: Do you say 'people' as 'peopo'?
    Duration: 06min | 27/02/2014

    Common problems with words that end in '-le.' Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 195: Dropping the /k/ in asked (HIMYM)
    195: Dropping the /k/ in 'asked' (HIMYM)
    Duration: 08min | 06/02/2014

    YES, you can pronounce it as 'ast'! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 194: faux pas, chauffeur, fiance, and more
    194: 'faux pas, chauffeur, fiance,' and more
    Duration: 09min | 23/01/2014

    Loanwords from French into English. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 193: Twas the Night Before Christmas
    193: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
    Duration: 05min | 20/12/2013

    In this Christmas special, learn where to find free ebooks and audio books online! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 192: Special holiday words
    192: Special holiday words
    Duration: 08min | 06/12/2013

    Mistletoe, tree farms, Scrooges, and more... Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 191: The difference between my car and Mike are
    191: The difference between 'my car' and 'Mike are'
    Duration: 09min | 28/11/2013

    Aspiration, of course. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 190: From wait time to snack time
    190: From 'wait time' to 'snack time'
    Duration: 05min | 14/11/2013

    Linking different stops is a bit harder than linking same and similar stops. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 189: Linking magic!
    189: Linking magic!
    Duration: 09min | 31/10/2013

    Linking same and similar stop sounds increases spoken fluency. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 188: Heteronyms: Lead rhymes with read
    188: Heteronyms: 'Lead' rhymes with 'read'
    Duration: 06min | 17/10/2013

    AND 'lead' rhymes with 'read'! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 187: Fall and autumn
    187: 'Fall' and 'autumn'
    Duration: 07min | 03/10/2013

    In the US, it's 'fall;' in the UK, it's 'autumn.' Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 186: Fake it til you make it!
    186: Fake it 'til you make it!
    Duration: 05min | 12/09/2013

    Are you uncomfortable speaking really well? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 185: From /?/ to /?/ (zh to j)
    185: From /?/ to /?/ ('zh' to 'j')
    Duration: 07min | 29/08/2013

    A natural progression through consonant sounds. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 184: Pronouncing /?/ the zh sound
    184: Pronouncing /?/ the 'zh sound'
    Duration: 05min | 15/08/2013

    If you can say sh, you can say zh! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 183: expected and unexpected /s/ and /?/ minimal pairs
    183: expected and unexpected /s/ and /?/ minimal pairs
    Duration: 06min | 31/07/2013

    Pairs like 'sock' and 'shock' are obvious; 'sour' and 'shower' might not be. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 182: on and off: /?n/ and /?f/
    182: 'on' and 'off': /?n/ and /?f/
    Duration: 06min | 17/07/2013

    The 'cot/caught' merger and short o/aw sound revisited. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 181: The troublesome thr /?r/ combination
    181: The troublesome 'thr' /?r/ combination
    Duration: 06min | 04/07/2013

    Practice words like 'three, through, throw, thread,' and 'threaten.' Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 180: because?cuz: stressed, unstressed, informal
    180: 'because'?'cuz': stressed, unstressed, informal
    Duration: 06min | 20/06/2013

    How to know which form of this high-frequency word to use. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 179: The silent /p/ in pneumatic and psychology
    179: The silent /p/ in 'pneumatic' and 'psychology'
    Duration: 04min | 06/06/2013

    A listener request for an explanation of less-common patterns. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 178: Feeling the vibration of vowel sounds
    178: "Feeling" the vibration of vowel sounds
    Duration: 09min | 16/05/2013

    Learn the feel the 'long e' /i/, 'short a' /æ/, and 'short o' /ɑ/. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 177: -ate suffix revisited--advanced lesson
    177: -ate suffix revisited--advanced lesson
    Duration: 09min | 02/05/2013

    Highly fluent speakers understand this suffix. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 176: Swearing!
    176: Swearing!
    Duration: 11min | 18/04/2013

    If you're going to swear, you'd better be able to pronounce short vowel sounds! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 175: Short Vowels Minimal Sets
    175: Short Vowels Minimal Sets
    Duration: 08min | 04/04/2013

    Practice sets like: pat, pet, pit, pot, putt. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 174: 3-sound clusters beginning with s
    174: 3-sound clusters beginning with 's'
    Duration: 07min | 21/03/2013

    /skr/ (scratch) /spl/ (splash) /spr/ (spree) and /str/ (streak) Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 173: Digraphs and trigraphs, complicated spelling patterns
    173: Digraphs and trigraphs, complicated spelling patterns
    Duration: 10min | 07/03/2013

    sh, th, tch, dge, gn, mb, and more!

  • 172: The cc spelling pronunciations (as in accuse and succeed)
    172: The 'cc' spelling pronunciations (as in 'accuse' and 'succeed)
    Duration: 07min | 21/02/2013

    Is it /k/ as in 'accuse' or /ks/ as in 'succeed' Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 171: The silent /l/ in the word salmon
    171: The silent /l/ in the word 'salmon'
    Duration: 06min | 07/02/2013

    Even words we don't use often still matter. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 170: schwa+r /?/ paragraph practice
    170: 'schwa+r' /?/ paragraph practice
    Duration: 08min | 24/01/2013

    Practice this difficult sound in context. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 169: Pronouncing Seattle
    169: Pronouncing 'Seattle'
    Duration: 11min | 10/01/2013

    It takes an advanced lesson to handle a word like 'Seattle.' Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 168: Stress pronunciation patterns in 3-syllable words
    168: Stress pronunciation patterns in 3-syllable words
    Duration: 07min | 20/12/2012

    Main stress, secondary stress, and schwa, all in one word

  • 167: When to use the informal contraction useta
    167: When to use the informal contraction 'useta'
    Duration: 09min | 06/12/2012

    And when can 'used to' be substituted by 'would.' Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 166: Understanding /?/, the ng sound
    166: Understanding /?/, the 'ng' sound
    Duration: 08min | 08/11/2012

    When does (and doesn't) the g sound follow the ng sound? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 165: What is the vocal tract?
    165: What is the vocal tract?
    Duration: 07min | 25/10/2012

    From the lips to the throat and the nose down to the vocal cords. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 164: Consonant clusters in English
    164: Consonant clusters in English
    Duration: 08min | 11/10/2012

    /br/, /pr/, /gr/, /kr/, and /skr/ at the beginning of a word. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 163: -ile and the differences in American and British English
    163: -ile and the differences in American and British English
    Duration: 06min | 27/09/2012

    fragile: /ˈfrædʒ əl/ in the US /ˈfrædʒ aɪl/ in the UK. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 162: The differences between /b/ and /v/
    162: The differences between /b/ and /v/
    Duration: 08min | 13/09/2012

    Two different, yet similar sounds. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 161: Schwa in 2-syllable words
    161: Schwa in 2-syllable words
    Duration: 09min | 30/08/2012

    The importance of tiny syllables! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 160: w+a (want), w+a-r (warm), w+o-r (work)
    160: w+a (want), w+a-r (warm), w+o-r (work)
    Duration: 08min | 09/08/2012

    Less-known patterns for the aw sound, schwa+r, and or sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 159: What are non-phonetic words?
    159: What are non-phonetic words?
    Duration: 07min | 26/07/2012

    Words that aren't pronounced like we'd expect. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 158: Vowels plus voiced and unvoiced consonants
    158: Vowels plus voiced and unvoiced consonants
    Duration: 12min | 12/07/2012

    Vowel sound duration depends on many things. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 157: Native French speakers special!
    157: Native French speakers special!
    Duration: 11min | 28/06/2012

    The top 10 errors made by native French speakers. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 156: Silent letters in high-frequency words
    156: Silent letters in high-frequency words
    Duration: 05min | 31/05/2012

    Which high-frequency words have a silent consonant?

  • 155: The f sound and semi-irregular plurals
    155: The f sound and semi-irregular plurals
    Duration: 10min | 17/05/2012

    3 things to keep in mind when making 'wife' into 'wives' and 'leaf' into 'leaves.' Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 154: She sells seashells
    154: 'She sells seashells'
    Duration: 08min | 03/05/2012

    A tongue twister to compare the sh sound and s sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 153: Look at Luke!
    153: 'Look at Luke!'
    Duration: 07min | 19/04/2012

    Compare the oo sound and other u sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 152: s-c-h and the word schedule
    152: 's-c-h' and the word 'schedule'
    Duration: 04min | 05/04/2012

    An American/British difference and a Greek history. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 151: j/ch sounds plus -ed ending
    151: j/ch sounds plus -ed ending
    Duration: 08min | 15/03/2012

    Practice adding the -ed ending to the j or ch sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 150: Common spellings and non-phonetic words
    150: Common spellings and non-phonetic words
    Duration: 08min | 01/03/2012

    How do we choose which spellings are common and which words are non-phonetic? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 149: Practicing the /w/ and /v/
    149: Practicing the /w/ and /v/
    Duration: 06min | 16/02/2012

    /w/ and /v/ in paragraph practice. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 148: More th sounds practice
    148: More 'th' sounds practice
    Duration: 08min | 02/02/2012

    Practice quickly saying the th sounds in paragraphs. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 147: The -ious suffix
    147: The -ious suffix
    Duration: 08min | 12/01/2012

    All of those vowels and two different pronunciations make this a tricky suffix. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 146: Happy New Year!
    146: Happy "New" Year!
    Duration: 08min | 29/12/2011

    "New" in American and British English. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 145: a, e,i, o, u and sometimes y
    145: a, e,i, o, u and sometimes y
    Duration: 09min | 15/12/2011

    Why is 'y' sometimes a vowel. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 144: -ed ending exceptions
    144: -ed ending exceptions
    Duration: 06min | 01/12/2011

    Some -ed adjectives gain a syllable. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 143: Dont over-pronounce sounds
    143: Don't over-pronounce sounds
    Duration: 07min | 03/11/2011

    Exaggeration is not authentic speech. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 142: The syllabic /l/
    142: The syllabic /l/
    Duration: 07min | 13/10/2011

    Don't add a vowel sound! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 141: We recently changed our t sound lesson
    141: We "recently" changed our t sound lesson
    Duration: 09min | 29/09/2011

    Updates to the alternative t sound patterns. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 140: The oo spelling of the words foot and soon
    140: The 'oo' spelling of the words 'foot' and 'soon'
    Duration: 06min | 15/09/2011

    The oo sound is more common, but the other u sound is possible. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 139: Pronunciation of sure
    139: Pronunciation of 'sure'
    Duration: 08min | 01/09/2011

    It begins with an sh sound, but after that, it gets a little complicated. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 138: Pronunciation of often
    138: Pronunciation of 'often'
    Duration: 04min | 11/08/2011

    /t/ or no /t/, and what about the 'o'? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 137: ct spelling plus -ed and -s ending
    137: 'ct' spelling plus -ed and -s ending
    Duration: 09min | 28/07/2011

    Difficult consonant combinations explained. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 135: m sound/n sound/ng sound
    135: m sound/n sound/ng sound
    Duration: 07min | 30/06/2011

    The sounds that come out your nose! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 134: consonant-y-consonant
    134: consonant-y-consonant
    Duration: 08min | 16/06/2011

    The letter "y" in the middle of a word. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 133: t/d, p/b, and k/g at the beginning of a word
    133: t/d, p/b, and k/g at the beginning of a word
    Duration: 07min | 02/06/2011

    Puff practice! Stop sounds at the beginning of words. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 132: ea spelling: long e or short e
    132: ea spelling: long e or short e
    Duration: 09min | 19/05/2011

    Which pronunciation is the most common for this spelling? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 131: The word new in place names
    131: The word "new" in place names
    Duration: 04min | 29/04/2011

    Syllable stress patterns in open compound nouns. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 130: 2-syllable word stress
    130: 2-syllable word stress
    Duration: 08min | 31/03/2011

    How accurate are the 2-syllable word stress patterns?

  • 129: Portuguese speakers special, part 2
    129: Portuguese speakers special, part 2
    Duration: 13min | 17/03/2011

    Troublesome consonant sounds for Portuguese speakers. Troublesome consonant sounds for Portuguese speakers.

  • 128: The pronunciations of i-consonant-e
    128: The pronunciations of i-consonant-e
    Duration: 09min | 03/03/2011

    i-consonant-e in 1-, 2-, and 3-syllable words for English as a Second Language Learners. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 127: Portuguese speakers special, part 1
    127: Portuguese speakers special, part 1
    Duration: 12min | 18/02/2011

    The English vowel sounds that cause problems for Portuguese speakers. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 126: Unstressed syllables, part 2
    126: Unstressed syllables, part 2
    Duration: 09min | 03/02/2011

    Short i as an unstressed vowel sound for English as a Second Language Learners. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 125: Unstressed syllables, part 1
    125: Unstressed syllables, part 1
    Duration: 09min | 20/01/2011

    Schwa: the most important weak vowel sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 124: French words in English
    124: French words in English
    Duration: 07min | 05/01/2011

    How the French language affects English pronunciation. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 123: A Merry, Marry, Mary Christmas
    123: A Merry, Marry, Mary Christmas
    Duration: 06min | 23/12/2010

    A tri-sound merger explained for the Holidays. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 119: The bunched /r/
    119: The bunched /r/
    Duration: 08min | 28/10/2010

    Which of these two techniques for the r sound works best for you? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 118: The prefix re-
    118: The prefix re-
    Duration: 09min | 14/10/2010

    long e, short i, short e, and schwa: all pronunciations of re- Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 117: Suffixes with /ʧ/ (ch sound)
    117: Suffixes with /ʧ/ (ch sound)
    Duration: 07min | 29/09/2010

    The -tion, -tial, -ure, and -al suffix and how they relate to the ch sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 116: Using aint
    116: Using 'ain't'
    Duration: 10min | 15/09/2010

    When is--and when isn'--'ain't' appropriate? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 115: Sound combinations: sp-, st-, sk-, sc-
    115: Sound combinations: sp-, st-, sk-, sc-
    Duration: 08min | 01/09/2010

    What happens to unvoiced stops after the s sound? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 114: Puff (aspiration) details of stop sounds
    114: 'Puff' (aspiration) details of stop sounds
    Duration: 09min | 18/08/2010

    Stops are /b/, /p/, /k/, /g/, /d/, nd /t/, and the amount of "puff" we give to them matters. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 113: The /h/, like a chameleon
    113: The /h/, like a chameleon
    Duration: 07min | 04/08/2010

    No sound can become more like surrounding sounds than the h sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 112: Dropping the /d/
    112: Dropping the /d/
    Duration: 10min | 21/07/2010

    Here is a little-discussed rule about omitting the d sound in certain consonant clusters. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 111: Linking /v/ and /f/
    111: Linking /v/ and /f/
    Duration: 08min | 07/07/2010

    Practicing a few simple techniques can make it much easier to transition to and from the v sound and f sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 110: Troublesome /v/ and /f/
    110: Troublesome /v/ and /f/
    Duration: 12min | 23/06/2010

    Be careful with the /b/, /p/ and /w/ when working with the /f/ and /v/. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 109: /s/, /z/, /ʃ/, /ʒ/ (s, z, sh, and zh sounds) compare and contrast
    109: /s/, /z/, /ʃ/, /ʒ/ (s, z, sh, and zh sounds) compare and contrast
    Duration: 15min | 09/06/2010

    Four sounds that are quite similar, but different in a few very important ways. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 108: In the US, it is learned and spelled, while the British kept learnt and spelt
    108: In the US, it is 'learned' and 'spelled,' while the British kept 'learnt' and 'spelt'
    Duration: 08min | 02/06/2010

    The English past tense became regular; the British kept the irregular spelling. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 107: ck after short vowels (as in back), k after all the others (as in bake)
    107: 'ck' after short vowels (as in back), 'k' after all the others (as in 'bake)
    Duration: 06min | 26/05/2010

    Learning intricate English phonetic patterns can give you confidence in vowel pronunciation. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 106: long u stressed and reduced /yu/ or /yə/?
    106: 'long u' stressed and reduced; /yu/ or /yə/?
    Duration: 11min | 19/05/2010

    The long u can be difficult to recognize in multi-syllable words, especially when it's reduced. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 105: Pronouncing though, thought, through, and thorough
    105: Pronouncing 'though,' 'thought,' 'through,' and 'thorough'
    Duration: 06min | 12/05/2010

    These four o-u-g-h words can be so similar, yet different in very important ways. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 104: Pronouncing pronounce and pronunciation
    104: Pronouncing 'pronounce' and 'pronunciation'
    Duration: 06min | 05/05/2010

    Many patterns of pronunciation can be found through a quick study of these two words. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 102: Russian/Ukrainian Special Episode
    102: Russian/Ukrainian Special Episode
    Duration: 14min | 21/04/2010

    Learn the most common difficulties Russian and Ukrainian speakers face when speaking English with an American English accent. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 101: Subtle oddities of the word subtle
    101: Subtle oddities of the word 'subtle'
    Duration: 06min | 14/04/2010

    A silent /b/, an altered /t/, and a strange history make the word 'subtle' interesting to learn about! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 100: A Hundred/One Hundred
    100: A Hundred/One Hundred
    Duration: 09min | 07/04/2010

    Why is saying 'a hundred' more common than saying 'one hundred' in American English? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 99: Three-word informal contractions
    99: Three-word informal contractions
    Duration: 06min | 31/03/2010

    'How did you' can be reduced to 'howdja;' 'where did you' to 'wheredja;' and 'what did you' to 'whadja,' but those reductions can cost listener comprehension. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 97: The transition from used to to useta
    97: The transition from 'used to' to 'useta'
    Duration: 06min | 17/03/2010

    Informal contractions are born when speakers find easier ways to pronounce words. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 96: How women could have been wimmen
    96: How 'women' could have been 'wimmen'
    Duration: 04min | 10/03/2010

    Noah Webster did his best to make spelling easier, but his ideas weren't always accepted. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 94: /t/+/y/=/ʧ/, /d/+/y/=/ʤ/, surprising ch and j sounds.
    94: /t/+/y/=/ʧ/, /d/+/y/=/ʤ/, surprising 'ch' and 'j' sounds.
    Duration: 08min | 24/02/2010

    Assimilation: two adjacent sounds can cause changes to pronunciation. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 93: Do you accidentally make your /l/ into /w/?
    93: Do you accidentally make your /l/ into /w/?
    Duration: 08min | 10/02/2010

    Don't round those lips! Especially at the end of the word, the l sound can cause some surprising problems. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 91: iPad/iPod, the worlds newest /æ,ɑ/ (short a/short o) minimal pair
    91: iPad/iPod, the world's newest /æ,ɑ/ (short a/short o) minimal pair
    Duration: 05min | 27/01/2010

    Even some native speakers of English are worried about the similar pronunciation of the newest Apple product. Comparing pronunciation of the iPad to the older iPod. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 90: The j sound, spelled j, dge, ge, and g(i)
    90: The j sound, spelled j, dge, ge, and g(i)
    Duration: 06min | 20/01/2010

    The 'dge' and 'j' spelling are both usually pronounced with the 'j sound.' And don't forget, a 'j sound' is simply a voiced 'ch sound'! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 88: Why is tch (as in watch) easier to pronounce than ch (as in which)?
    88: Why is 'tch' (as in 'watch') easier to pronounce than 'ch' (as in which)?
    Duration: 09min | 06/01/2010

    The 'tch' and 'ch' spelling should BOTH be pronounced as /ʧ/ (the ch sound, yet 'tch' often seems easier for non-native English speakers. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 85: Why is the Ch in Christmas pronounced as /k/?
    85: Why is the 'Ch' in 'Christmas' pronounced as /k/?
    Duration: 04min | 16/12/2009

    It's all Greek to me! Knowing a little bit of history behind a word can go a long way when it comes to pronouncing the 'ch' spelling. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 84: Who, what, when, and where: How do you pronouce words that begin with wh-?
    84: 'Who,' 'what,' 'when,' and 'where': How do you pronouce words that begin with wh-?
    Duration: 05min | 09/12/2009

    Do you pronounce /h/ in the wh- spelling? Not usually. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 82: Thanksgiving holiday th sounds /ð, θ/ review
    82: Thanksgiving holiday th sounds /ð, θ/ review
    Duration: 05min | 18/11/2009

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Have fun reviewing the 'th sounds' with this extra practice podcast. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 81: About a boat, comparing /oʊ/ and /aʊ/
    81: "About a boat," comparing /oʊ/ and /aʊ/
    Duration: 08min | 10/11/2009

    These two-sound vowels (the long o and ow--as in 'no' and 'now') both end in the w sound, and both can be spelled 'ow.' Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 79: Comparing /eɪ/, /i/, /ɑɪ/ (long a, long i, and long e)
    79: Comparing /eɪ/, /i/, /ɑɪ/ (long a, long i, and long e)
    Duration: 12min | 28/10/2009

    Understanding how the vowel sounds in 'bake,' 'bike' and 'beak' are related to /y/. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 78: Comparing /æ/, /ɑ/, /ɔ/ (short a, short o, and aw)
    78: Comparing /æ/, /ɑ/, /ɔ/ (short a, short o, and aw)
    Duration: 08min | 21/10/2009

    Understanding a sequence of low vowel sounds (as in 'stack,' 'stock,' and 'stalk') Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 77: Comparing /i/, /ɪ/, /ɛ/, and /ʌ/ (long e, short i, short e, and short u)
    77: Comparing /i/, /ɪ/, /ɛ/, and /ʌ/ (long e, short i, short e, and short u)
    Duration: 08min | 07/10/2009

    Understanding a sequence of very similar sounds (as in 'bead,' 'bid,' 'bed,' and 'bud') Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 75: can and cant, how are they different? Not how you expect!
    75: 'can' and 'can't,' how are they different? Not how you expect!
    Duration: 14min | 16/09/2009

    Change in vowel sounds, sentence stress, and a glottal stop: lots of details make the pronunciation of these words different. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 74: Are for and four pronounced the same or differently?
    74: Are 'for' and 'four' pronounced the same or differently?
    Duration: 13min | 09/09/2009

    for/four: When do the words for and four sound the same, and when are they different? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 73: Reducing the word of to /ə/
    73: Reducing the word 'of' to /ə/
    Duration: 10min | 26/08/2009

    When the word 'of' links into a consonant, the /v/ is often dropped. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 72: Using /n/ instead of /ŋ/ (the ng sound) in -ing ending
    72: Using /n/ instead of /ŋ/ (the 'ng' sound) in -ing ending
    Duration: 08min | 19/08/2009

    -ing: substituting the n sound for the ng sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 71: When and why do some words (like interesting) lose a syllable?
    71: When and why do some words (like 'interesting') lose a syllable?
    Duration: 06min | 12/08/2009

    Linguistic concepts of 'syncope' and 'compression' make big words into smaller words. Luckily, there is a pattern. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 69: Numbers: Teens versus Tens (as in 19 vs. 90)
    69: Numbers: Teens versus Tens (as in 19 vs. 90)
    Duration: 11min | 22/07/2009

    Syllable stress and alternative 't sounds' are used to differentiate these sounds more than the /n/ at the end of teens! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 68: Voiced and Unvoiced th /ð,θ/ review
    68: Voiced and Unvoiced 'th' /ð,θ/ review
    Duration: 09min | 15/07/2009

    Yes, dear listeners, keep your tongue in your mouth! Don't put it between your teeth. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 66: Syllabic ns and nasal plosions (as in the words sudden and couldnt)
    66: Syllabic n's and nasal plosions (as in the words 'sudden' and 'couldn't')
    Duration: 12min | 01/07/2009

    No vowels allowed! Join /d/ and /n/ to sound more fluent. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 65: Uh-oh! The glottal stop in place of /t/
    65: Uh-oh! The glottal stop in place of /t/
    Duration: 10min | 24/06/2009

    What is a glottal stop and when do Americans use it? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 63: When Americans drop the /t/ (with audio from The Incredibles)
    63: When Americans drop the /t/ (with audio from The Incredibles)
    Duration: 11min | 03/06/2009

    When do Americans omit the /t/? This audio from the movie "The Incredibles" will help you understand. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 61: The American /t/ as a quick /d/
    61: The American /t/ as a quick /d/
    Duration: 11min | 21/05/2009

    Why does 'water' sound like 'wadder'? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • #60 Tag questions arent really questions, are they?
    #60 Tag questions aren't really questions, are they?
    Duration: 08min | 13/05/2009

    Pitch boundaries are the clue to knowing what someone is really asking when they ask a tag question. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 59: Falling pitch boundaries on yes/no questions
    59: Falling pitch boundaries on yes/no questions
    Duration: 07min | 06/05/2009

    When to use a falling pitch instead of a rising pitch on a yes/no question. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 58: Pitch Boundaries, Rising and Falling
    58: Pitch Boundaries, Rising and Falling
    Duration: 09min | 22/04/2009

    Pitch boundaries organize conversations, and give important emotional clues about the speaker. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 57: Comparing extra-high and rising pitch words
    57: Comparing extra-high and rising pitch words
    Duration: 09min | 15/04/2009

    Learn the difference between contrasting and defensively correcting your listener. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 56: Extra-high pitch words for extra intensity
    56: Extra-high pitch words for extra intensity
    Duration: 09min | 08/04/2009

    Add drama, correct someone, and try to not sound angry with these pitch words. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 55: Intonation and high pitch words, an introduction
    55: Intonation and high pitch words, an introduction
    Duration: 10min | 01/04/2009

    An introduction to English intonation and high pitch words in yes/no questions. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 53: Phrasal verb sentence stress
    53: Phrasal verb sentence stress
    Duration: 12min | 18/03/2009

    Typical sentence stress changes when phrasal verbs are involved: stress the preposition, not the verb. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 52: Linking from the -ed ending
    52: Linking from the -ed ending
    Duration: 14min | 11/03/2009

    Fluently linking from the -ed ending is important for listening comprehension and proper articulation. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 50: The silent /t/ in -sten and -stle (as in listen and whistle)
    50: The silent /t/ in '-sten' and '-stle' (as in 'listen' and 'whistle')
    Duration: 09min | 25/02/2009

    There is no /t/ in the pronunciation of words like 'listen' and 'whistle'. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 48: talk and walk and other -alk /ɔk/ words
    48: 'talk' and 'walk' and other '-alk' /ɔk/ words
    Duration: 08min | 11/02/2009

    Another silent /l/, plus the 'aw' vowel sound /ɔ/ in this English spelling pattern. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 47: should, could, and would: /ʃʊd/, /kʊd/, /wʊd/
    47: 'should,' 'could,' and 'would': /ʃʊd/, /kʊd/, /wʊd/
    Duration: 05min | 03/02/2009

    There /l/ is silent, and the vowel /ʊ/ is the same as the 'u' in the word 'put'. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 46: Three, through, throw and other /θr/ combination words
    46: 'Three,' 'through,' 'throw' and other /θr/ combination words
    Duration: 06min | 27/01/2009

    The pronouncing 'unvoiced th' /θ/ in English is difficult; the r sound also is difficult. Together they are VERY difficult. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 45: Chinese speakers special episode
    45: Chinese speakers special episode
    Duration: 13min | 21/01/2009

    Learn the specific problems that native speakers of Chinese have when pronouncing English. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 44: Letter x pronunciations: /ks/ or /gz/
    44: Letter 'x' pronunciations: /ks/ or /gz/
    Duration: 09min | 14/01/2009

    While /ks/ is more common (as in 'box'), "gz" ( as in 'exact') is also a pronunciation for the letter 'x'. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 43: About the words world and word: /wɚld/ and /wɚd/
    43: About the words 'world' and 'word': /wɚld/ and /wɚd/
    Duration: 07min | 07/01/2009

    The /w/, r-controlled vowels, and /l/: lots of opportunity for pronunciation trouble. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 42: Spanish speakers special episode
    42: Spanish speakers special episode
    Duration: 13min | 30/12/2008

    Special episode covering the issues that native Spanish speakers have when speaking English. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 41: The silent b in the -mb spelling (as in climb and thumb)
    41: The silent b in the -mb spelling (as in 'climb' and 'thumb')
    Duration: 04min | 27/12/2008

    Learn this rule to sound more fluent!

  • 40: been, not bean: /bɪn/, not /bin/
    40: 'been,' not 'bean': /bɪn/, not /bin/
    Duration: 04min | 17/12/2008

    Americans usually pronounce 'been' with a 'short i,' not a 'long e.' Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 39: quit, quite, and quiet
    39: 'quit, quite,' and 'quiet'
    Duration: 05min | 10/12/2008

    Learn to correctly say these three similar-sounding words. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 38: idea--a troublesome little 4-letter word
    38: 'idea'--a troublesome little 4-letter word
    Duration: 04min | 06/12/2008

    A few tips about adjacent vowel sounds for this 3-syllable word that help for even more words. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 37: says and said--two words NOT pronounced with long a /eɪ/
    37: 'says' and 'said'--two words NOT pronounced with 'long a' /eɪ/
    Duration: 05min | 26/11/2008

    /sɛz/ and /sɛd/: be careful about mispronouncing these two high-frequency words. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 36: Japanese speaker special
    36: Japanese speaker special
    Duration: 07min | 16/11/2008

    Native Japanese speakers of English face special difficulties when speaking English. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 35: there, their, theyre: theyre all said the same!
    35: there, their, they're: they're all said the same!
    Duration: 04min | 15/11/2008

    Learn the correct way to pronounce these three homophones. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 34: consonant+y suffix (-cy, -ity, -graphy, -fy) word syllable stress
    34: consonant+y suffix (-cy, -ity, -graphy, -fy) word syllable stress
    Duration: 11min | 08/11/2008

    The consonant+y covers a wide number of suffix-based syllable stress patterns. Learn one and you learn many. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 33: -ate suffix word syllable stress and heteronyms
    33: -ate suffix word syllable stress and heteronyms
    Duration: 13min | 01/11/2008

    Words ending in the -ate suffix are stressed on the 3rd-from-last syllable, but the suffix itself can sound differently depending if the word is a noun, adjective, or verb. Advanced level ESL lesson. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 32: -ize suffix (as in recognize and prioritize) word syllable stress
    32: -ize suffix (as in 'recognize' and 'prioritize') word syllable stress
    Duration: 09min | 21/10/2008

    Words ending in the -ize suffix are usually stressed on the 3rd-from-last syllable. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 31: -ic suffix word syllable stress
    31: -ic suffix word syllable stress
    Duration: 10min | 15/10/2008

    Learn about -ic word stress (as in 'classic' and 'economic') and review the 2-syllable word stress rule and -tion/-sion syllable stress. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 30: 2-syllable word stress and -tion/-sion syllable stress
    30: 2-syllable word stress and -tion/-sion syllable stress
    Duration: 13min | 08/10/2008

    English syllable stress follows some very common patterns that can be learned. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 29: Compare /i/ and /ɪ/ (long e  short i--as in sheep and ship)
    29: Compare /i/ and /ɪ/ ('long e' & 'short i'--as in 'sheep' and 'ship')
    Duration: 10min | 30/09/2008

    Learn about the often mispronounced short i sound, and compare it with the long e sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 28: The /h/ (as in hello and happy)
    28: The /h/ (as in 'hello' and 'happy')
    Duration: 08min | 24/09/2008

    Learn to correctly pronounce /h/ in English, not too hard, not too soft. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 27: The /g/ and /k/, stops in American English
    27: The /g/ and /k/, stops in American English
    Duration: 06min | 17/09/2008

    Voicing and aspiration are characteristics of /g/ and /k/ in English pronunciation. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 26: English /m/ and /n/ pronunciation
    26: English /m/ and /n/ pronunciation
    Duration: 07min | 10/09/2008

    The /m/ and /n/ are two of the three nasal sounds in English. Learn about them here. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 25: The ng sound /ŋ/ (as in song) pronunciation
    25: The 'ng' sound /ŋ/ (as in 'song') pronunciation
    Duration: 08min | 03/09/2008

    Learn about the ng sound (as in 'song'), the first of three nasal sounds in English pronunciation. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 24: The ch /ʧ/ and j /ʤ/ pronunciation in English
    24: The 'ch' /ʧ/ and 'j' /ʤ/ pronunciation in English
    Duration: 09min | 27/08/2008

    Learn about the 'ch' (as in 'church') and 'j' (as in 'judge'), English's only two affricate sounds. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 23: The /p/ and /b/ in English
    23: The /p/ and /b/ in English
    Duration: 06min | 20/08/2008

    Pronounce /p/ and /b/ correctly and compare them with the consonants /f/ and /v/. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 22: Review all the sounds covered so far
    22: Review all the sounds covered so far
    Duration: 10min | 13/08/2008

    Wow, you've been busy learning! Don't lose the important knowledge of English pronunciation that you've gained. It's review day! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 21: The Rhythm Rule and sentence stress, continued
    21: The Rhythm Rule and sentence stress, continued
    Duration: 09min | 06/08/2008

    How is the rhythm of spoken English created? Continuing learning the basics behind sentence stress and the Rhythm Rule. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 20: The Rhythm Rule and Sentence Stress
    20: The Rhythm Rule and Sentence Stress
    Duration: 10min | 30/07/2008

    Spoken English rhythm follows patterns of stressed and unstressed words and syllables. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 19: -ed ending pronunciation
    19: -ed ending pronunciation
    Duration: 08min | 23/07/2008

    /d/, /t/, and /ɪd/: become fluent with the three pronunciations for regular past tense verbs in English. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 18: The /f/ and /v/ in English
    18: The /f/ and /v/ in English
    Duration: 06min | 16/07/2008

    Compare pronunciation of /f/ and /v/ and learn why they're difficult to say fluently. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 17: The sh /ʃ/ and zh /ʒ/ in English
    17: The 'sh' /ʃ/ and 'zh' /ʒ/ in English
    Duration: 07min | 09/07/2008

    Practice comparing the 'sh' (as in 'she') and lesser known 'zh' (as in 'vision'). Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 16: Reduced Pronouns: he, him, her, and them
    16: Reduced Pronouns: 'he, him, her,' and 'them'
    Duration: 05min | 02/07/2008

    Learn how and why to NOT say the first sound of the words 'he, him, her,' and 'them.'

  • 15: Linking vowel sounds
    15: Linking vowel sounds
    Duration: 05min | 24/06/2008

    Become fluent by linking a word that ends with a vowel sound to a word that begins with a vowel sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 14: Linking consonant sounds
    14: Linking consonant sounds
    Duration: 05min | 18/06/2008

    Learn how linking from word to word increases spoken English fluency

  • 13: Informal contractions in American English
    13: Informal contractions in American English
    Duration: 08min | 11/06/2008

    wanna, gonna, hafta, whadja, howdja: Learn how to understand and why to use informal contractions in English.

  • 12: Common contractions in American English
    12: Common contractions in American English
    Duration: 13min | 04/06/2008

    don't, can't, won't, hasn't, didn't, weren't: Learn how to say and why to use common contractions in English.

  • 11: aw /ɔ/, oi /ɔɪ/, and ow /aʊ/ in American English
    11: 'aw' /ɔ/, 'oi' /ɔɪ/, and 'ow' /aʊ/ in American English
    Duration: 11min | 28/05/2008

    Practice comparing the 'aw' with other similar vowels, and practice the diphthongs 'oi' and 'ow.'

  • 10: The American English oo sound /u/ and other u /ʊ/
    10: The American English 'oo sound' /u/ and 'other u' /ʊ/
    Duration: 12min | 20/05/2008

    Learn about the tricky /ʊ/ 'other u' (as in 'put') and/u/, the oo sound (as in 'soon').

  • 9: The short vowel sounds /æ, ɛ, ɪ, ɑ, ʌ/ in American English
    9: The short vowel sounds /æ, ɛ, ɪ, ɑ, ʌ/ in American English
    Duration: 12min | 14/05/2008

    Learn which sounds are short vowels and how to correctly pronounce them.

  • 8: The long vowel sounds: /eɪ, i, ɑɪ, oʊ, yu/ in American English
    8: The long vowel sounds: /eɪ, i, ɑɪ, oʊ, yu/ in American English
    Duration: 13min | 07/05/2008

    Learn which sounds are long vowels and how to correctly pronounce them. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 7: Pronouncing /w/ and /y/
    7: Pronouncing /w/ and /y/
    Duration: 09min | 30/04/2008

    Learn how to create semi-vowels (glides), the /w/ and /y/ and how they exist in words. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 6: American English r-controlled vowels /ɚ, ɑr, ɔr, ɛr/
    6: American English r-controlled vowels /ɚ, ɑr, ɔr, ɛr/
    Duration: 12min | 23/04/2008

    Practice saying and hearing the difference between r-controlled vowels: /ɚ, ɑr, ɔr,/ and /ɛr/ Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

  • 5: The American English /r/ and /l/
    5: The American English /r/ and /l/
    Duration: 08min | 15/04/2008

    The tricky /r/ can cause even more problems when it is near the /l/. Full transcripts available at www.pronuncian.com/podcasts.

  • 4: The American English /r/
    4: The American English /r/
    Duration: 07min | 07/04/2008

    Learn how the American /r/ is different from the British /r/.

  • 3: The English /s/ and /z/
    3: The English /s/ and /z/
    Duration: 09min | 01/04/2008

    When does the -s ending sound like /s/, and when does it sound like /z/?

  • 2: The English /t/ and /d/
    2: The English /t/ and /d/
    Duration: 07min | 24/03/2008

    Begin learning about "stops", the /t/ and /d/.

  • 1: The English th sounds /θ, ð/
    1: The English 'th sounds' /θ, ð/
    Duration: 07min | 19/03/2008

    Yes, we have two 'th sounds,' /θ,/ and /ð/and they are both very important.

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