How to pronounce say, says & said

How to pronounce say, says & said

How to pronounce say, says & said

How to pronounce say, says & said

The people who I work with in my accent reduction coaching program are often surprised when they learn the correct American English pronunciation of the words:

  • say
  • says
  • said

The spelling of these words does not clearly indicate how they should be pronounced.

Here’s the correct pronunciation.

/ɛ/ as in Red

  • says   (sez)
  • said

/ey/ as in Gray

  • say

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Spelling vs pronunciation

American English spelling and pronunciation are not always a good match.

This makes using the correct pronunciation challenging for non native speakers.

I show you how

In my American accent training programs I show you how to pronounce the words you say every day in a style that sounds clear and natural.

About the author

Susan Ryan is the author of the ConfidentVoice blog and an American English communication and accent reduction coach.