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:
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)
/ey/ as in Gray
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.