All About the American T

All About the American T

All About the American T  Many accent reduction coaches, 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. The sounds of the American T We have the Aspirated T Held T Silent T  Tapped T Learning the sounds of […]

American English Pronunciation for Aviation

American English Pronunciation for Aviation

American English Pronunciation for Aviation In my accent reduction coaching program I sometimes have the honor of working with aviation professionals working in the military. One great resource that I recommend they use for practice is called Spoken Skills. Spoken Skills for Aviation This website has audio examples of aviation vocabulary that my clients use […]

Pronouncing Voiced & Voiceless Consonant Sounds

Feel those voiced consonant sounds

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….. Voiced consonant sounds A voiced sound causes your vocal chords to vibrate. You should […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Importance of Voiced and Voiceless Sounds

Voiced sounds

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. Some Consonant Sounds are Voiced The difference between these pairs of sounds is that one sound is voiced and the other is voiceless. Voiced sounds cause the […]

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 […]