How to Pronounce the Days of the Week

How to Pronounce the Days of the Week In order to pronounce the days of the week clearly and correctly, you should be aware of four pronunciation rules. 1. Syllable stress Since days of the week are compound nouns, you need to stress (emphasize) … [Continue reading]

How to make small talk during the holidays

How to make small talk during the holidays Here in the US, most people celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Here are some simple questions you can use to make friendly and engaging small talk. Use reduced speech (tapped t, schwa, … [Continue reading]

How to pronounce patience and patients

How to pronounce patience and patients I teach internationally born medical professionals working in the US how to speak clear American English. Two words my students ask me is how to pronounce patience and patients. Pronounce these … [Continue reading]

How to pronounce our and are

How to pronounce our and are Even though the words our and are are spelled differently, they OFTEN sound the same. What’s the reason? It has to do with reductions. You see, in SPOKEN American English, many words and sounds are … [Continue reading]

How to pronounce democratic

How to pronounce democratic  The people I work with in my accent reduction coaching program often ask me how to pronounce democratic. The first thing you must do (as with most words), is stress the correct syllable. Here’s the syllable stress … [Continue reading]