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Pronouncing Voiced & Voiceless Consonant Sounds

Are you an Arabic,  Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese or Spanish speaker who is working to improve your American accent? If you are….it’s really important that you learn to use  voiced consonant sounds! Let me explain what I mean….. A voiced sound causes your vocal chords to vibrate. A voiceless sound does not cause your vocal chords to vibrate. TRY THIS

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The Letter T Causes Trouble

Many accent reduction instructors, including myself,  like to say that“T is for Trouble”. We say that because the letter T has 4 different sounds when you are speaking American English. We have the Aspirated T, the Held T, the Silent T & the Tapped T. The sounds of the American T is one feature of

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American English Pronunciation: R & L Sounds

Many non-native English speakers have problems pronouncing the American consonants /r/ and /l/.  Since /r/ and /l/ are found at the beginning and end of many  English words it is important to pronounce these sounds correctly. Here are a few tips you can use to make these sounds. Making the /r/ sound To make the

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American English Spelling & Pronunciation

Do you ever feel like the English spelling system does not match the sounds of spoken American English? It seems that way doesn’t it? English spelling is the way that words are written using the 26 letters of the Roman alphabet. Since English is not a phonetic language there is not always a one-on-one relationship

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American English Pronunciation: R Colored Vowels

When I do accent reduction coaching with my clients from Japan, Korea, China, Latin America (and sometimes India, France & Haiti) we work on the sounds of the American R. As you can see….he American English r is a very difficult sound for many non-native speakers to articulate correctly! ✔ The American English r sounds

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American English Pronunciation: The Importance of Voiced and Voiceless Sounds

In spoken American English there are many pairs of consonant sounds that are articulated using the same tongue and mouth shape. The difference between these pairs of sounds is that one sound is voiced and the other is voiceless. Voiced sounds cause the vocal chords to vibrate. Voiceless sounds are softer and do not cause

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American English Pronunciation for Brazilian-Portuguese Speakers

Here is an accent reduction tip for Brazilian-Portuguese speakers who want to improve their spoken American English. Be careful when you pronounce the letter P! Brazilian-Portuguese speakers often pronounce the American English /p/ sound like a /b/ sound. This can be confusing to American listeners because when you do that because: pill sounds like bill pull

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Pronouncing the Voiced th Sound

The voiced th sound is one of the most problematic sounds for non-native English speakers to pronounce. To make the sound place your tongue slightly between your teeth. Vibrate your vocal chords as you push the air through your throat. While there are not that many words that have the voiced th sound, the words

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American English Pronunciation Problems for Filipinos

If you are originally from the Philippines, you may be experiencing some problems with your American spoken English. Don’t blame yourself!  It’s just that Filipino English is a bit different than the English we speak in America. Specific pronunciation problems for Filipinos include: the schwa vowel sound how to use voiced consonant sounds such as the  /z/, /b/

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American English Pronunciation-The Tapped T Sound

When you are listening to American English speakers you may have noticed that when the letter “t” is in the middle of a word it often has a /d/ sound. Pronunciation teachers call this sound the flap or the tapped T because when we make this sound we slightly flap or tap our tongues behind

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