Pronounce numbers correctly
Most of the people who I work with in my accent reduction coaching program, never learned to pronounce numbers correctly in American English.
This may have happened to YOU.
You go to the store….and the cashier gets confused. You tell someone your phone number, and they ask you to repeat yourself.
This can be frustrating!
But here are three rules you can use to pronounce numbers clearly & correctly.
Three rules for pronouncing numbers in American English
The way Americans pronounce numbers follows very distinct rules. If you don’t follow these rules when you speak, you’ll be misunderstood.
Rule 1. Tens numbers are stressed on the first syllable: SIX→ty
Rule 2. The T in these words has a quick /d/ sound: SIX→dy
Rule 3. Teens numbers are stressed on the second syllable: sixTEEN.
Stop the confusion
Saying numbers with stress on the wrong syllable creates confusion for American listeners.
When you stress the correct syllable, we WILL understand you! It’s easy when you know the rules.
Learn to say numbers clearly & correctly
I teach you these patterns for pronouncing numbers using audio lessons and dialogs in my iBook, American Accent Fundamentals.
If you’re working to improve your American English pronunciation, my iBook will teach you the fundamental rules you need to know for clear American speech.
Optimized for your iPad, the lessons in my iBook are interactive and relevant to everyday life. Follow the link above to download a free sample chapter.
About the author
Susan Ryan is an American accent coach. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.