Learn American English Pronunciation Online

Learn American English Pronunciation Online 

Learn American English Pronunciation Online

Learn American English Pronunciation Online

Here are 4 free websites for learning American English pronunciation online.

These are helpful resources that you can use to improve the way you speak American English.

 Make Serious Noticeable Changes to the Way You Speak English 

Of course, if you want to make noticeable changes to the way you speak and communicate in American English, you’ll need more than some free websites.

International professionals who are serious about clear and engaging communication choose to work with an American accent coach.

Why Work With a Coach?

A coach will take you way beyond pronunciation.

When you work with a coach you’ll learn to:

  1. Speak with the right pace
  2. Ask questions in an engaging manner
  3. Make small talk that Americans relate to

You’ll learn to communicate clearing using the correct pronunciation, tone and melody.

Skype Accent Coaching

In my Skype based coaching program, I’ve helped hundreds of people just like you, learn to speak American English in manner that sounds clear, friendly and engaging to Americans.

Check out how my Skype accent reduction programs work.

Or….go back to those 4 websites above.

You can start learning something today!

 

 

Speak in phrases for smoother speech

Speak in phrases for smoother speech

Speak in phrases for smoother speech

Speak in phrases for smoother speech

Many of the people who I work with in my accent reduction coaching program learned English by reading.

Because of that, they learned to speak English word by word.

Americans don’t speak word by word

Americans don’t speak word by word though. That sounds funny to us.

We speak in phrases.

Speak more fluently

One of my Chinese speaking clients told me that once he learned how to speak in phrases, he was able to speak more fluently.

He was also able to understand North Americans more easily.

In my coaching program, I teach my clients how to speak using phrases early on in their lessons. This allows them to speak more smoothly right away.

Intonation

I almost always teach phrasing along with intonation.

Everyday greetings and requests are easily learned this way, making you sound friendly and natural.

Examples

  • hoWAReyou? ⤵
  • I’m FINE,⤼
  • howareYOU?⤵

Linguists call these chunks of speech

Linguists who study the way children learn languages, call these phrases, “chunks of speech”. You can read more about that in the NYT article below.

Teaching chunks of speech.

No matter what you call it, chunks or phrasing, speaking this way makes your speech sound smoother and more natural! I teach you to speak using phrases in all my American accent training programs.

 

2 American English Intonation Patterns

2 American English Intonation Patterns 

Intonation refers to the rise and fall of pitch in spoken language.

Since intonation patterns convey meaning and emotion, it’s important to use these patterns correctly.

Rising falling intonation

The most common type of intonation in American English is called rising-falling intonation.

Americans use rising-falling intonation at the end of statements and questions that begin with the WH words; what, where, when, why, who & how.

  • How are you today ,Susan?⤵
  • What’s going on?⤵

Series intonation

Another type of intonation is called series intonation.

Americans use series intonation when describing a series of choices as seen below:

  • Would you like coffee,⤼ tea, ⤼water ⤼or soda⤵ with your meal?
  • I went out on Friday,⤼ Saturday,,⤼ and Sunday.⤵

Listen here

 

If you’re trying to improve your American English communication skills you must learn to use the correct types of intonation.

Pronunciation alone is simply not enough, if you want to be a clear and engaging communicator!

 Learn to use American intonation patterns

Learning to use intonation on your own or from an accent reduction book isn’t easy.

The best way to learn to use intonation patterns and communicate effectively to work one on one with an accent reduction coach.

Ketchup or catch up?

Ketchup or catch up?  

Ketchup or catch up?

Ketchup or catch up?

This past weekend, one of my accent reduction coaching clients said to me~

Susan, I’ve been so busy since the holidays. I’m still trying to ketchup on my work.

Of course I understood that he meant catch up.

Phrasal verbs rules

Catch up is a phrasal verb.

That means that you stress it on the second part when you say it. This is true for all phrasal verbs.

Listen here

 

catchUP

I’m still trying to catchUP on my work.

Speak clear American English

In order to speak clear American English you must apply the correct syllable stress. Not doing so can change the meaning of a word.

Here are a few examples:

  • put down ~ to put something down
  • put down ~ an insult
  • stand up ~ to get off your chair
  • stand up~ a type of comedy
  • turn on~ the computer, the stove
  • turn on ~ that’s a sexual term
  • turn over ~ a piece of paper
  • turn over ~ a type of pastry

Learn your phrasal verbs

In my accent reduction coaching programs I teach you to speak clearly using phrasal verb stress and other types of syllable stress that you’re probably unaware of.

 

How to Improve Monotonous Speech

How to Improve Monotonous Speech

How to improve monotonous speech

How to improve monotonous speech

Many of my accent reduction coaching clients have told me

Susan, my friends say that my speech is monotonous. They say that I don’t sound enthusiastic.

It’s true. Many non native speakers do sound monotonous when they speak American English.

Pitch Emphasis

The American listener expects to hear some vocal variety (pitch and stress) when others are speaking. ♬

  • We expect to hear pitch on stressed syllables.
  • We expect to heat pitch on important words.

4 Tips for Making Your Speech Sound Engaging

What can you do to speak with an engaging melody?

Here are 4 suggestions.

  1. Speed up when you say little words like the, at, in, of.  Link them together.
  2. Emphasize important words using pitch emphasis & pauses.
  3. Be sure to use rising falling intonation at the end of statements and “wh” questions.⤵
  4. Use rising intonation when asking questions that can be answered yes or no.⤴

You Won’t Sound Monotonous 

This will make your speech engaging and interesting to listen to.

You’ll sound more confident.

American listeners will like it and appreciate it.

 

To learn more about clear & engaging American English, check out some of the posts below.

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Speak clearly using pitch emphasis

Speak clearly using pitch emphasis

Speak clearly using pitch emphasis

Speak clearly using pitch emphasis

Many people who come to me for American accent coaching don’t have significant problems with their pronunciation….

….but they do need instruction on how to use stress and pitch!

Let me explain…..

Using pitch emphasis

When speaking American English you need to stress the most important words in a sentence or phrase using a slight rise in pitch.

When you use pitch emphasis on important words.  it brings your listeners’ attention to the critical words in your message.

It enables your listener to focus on what’s important.

Stress nouns & verbs more than other words

American speakers usually stress

  • nouns
  • verbs

Sometimes we stress adjectives.

Since nouns & verbs are usually critical to the meaning of a sentence we almost always emphasize them using a slight rise in pitch.

We don’t stress little words such as

  • the
  • it
  • but
  • a
  • to

We don’t say every word with the same emphasis!

So what happens if you don’t use pitch emphasis when you speak?

  1. Your speech will sound monotonous to your listeners because they can’t hear any pitch.
  2. Your listeners won’t know which words in your want them to pay attention to.
  3. Your listeners will have to concentrate extra hard to understand you.
  4. They’ll get tired of listening and sometimes they’ll give up.

Help your listeners to understand you 

If you want to speak American English more clearly you MUST learn to use pitch emphasis correctly. This will help native speakers understand you more easily.

Learn using my iPad book for the American accent

American Accent iPad bookI teach you the rules for speaking American English with the correct stress & pitch in

my iPad book ☆American Accent Fundamentals.

My iPad book is an excellent guide that will help you speak American English more clearly,

 

 

How to Stress Words in American English

Do You Know How to Stress Words in American English?

One of the most common questions my accent reduction clients ask is this~

Susan, which words should I stress when I speak American English?

It’s an excellent question!

American English Speakers Don’t Stress Every Word

After a few coaching sessions, my clients begin to understand that Americans don’t stress every word in a sentence.

That’s when I teach them the rules for word stress in sentences

Word Stress in Sentences

Here are some guidelines you can follow~

American English speakers stress (or emphasize) the most important words in a sentence or phrase.

Usually the most important words are

  • NOUNS
  • VERBS
  • ADJECTIVES

If you want to speak with increased clarity, you should do that too.

Reduce the Sound of Many Words

American English speakers reduce the sounds of smaller words. Little words like the ones below are usually reduced.

  • the
  • and
  • it
  • can

Focus Words, Content Words & Function Words

Pronunciation textbooks often use the terms Focus words, Content words & Function words when referring to word stress.

My Waves Analogy

I often say that the important words are like waves in the ocean. You need to rise up on each one by using more pitch.

The most important word (or focus word) is like a slightly bigger wave. You need to rise up on that word just a bit more.

The graphic below illustrates what I mean

 

 

Learn How to Stress Words in American English

Inn my iBook for the American accent, you’ll learn how to stress words in sentences so that you can speak more clearly

My iBook is easy to use. That’s because all of the audio and video lessons are built right into the book.

There are lots of practice exercises too!

If you are an iPad user, working to improve the way you speak American English, take a look at the details here ☛ American Accent iBook.

 

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American English Everyday Dialogs

American English Everyday Dialogs 

American English Dialogs

American English Dialogs

The people who I work with in my Skype accent reduction coaching program are learning to:

  • Communicate with clarity and confidence in their workplace
  • Improve the way they speak in everyday situations (at the market, at lunch, on the phone)

Small Talk

We often call the latter skill, “small talk”. But really, it’s not small at all.

That’s because speaking clearly when you pick up the phone or chat with your colleagues at lunch is really important.

Small talk allows you to connect with people.

  • Those connections enhance your relationships.
  • Those connections allow you to get things done faster.
  • Those connections allow you to be recognized for your contributions.

Free Dialog Practice Activities

For those of you who want to improve your American English “small talk”, below is a link to some excellent everyday dialogs said with super clear North American accents.

American English Everyday Dialogs

The dialog site has some special accent tips for Russian speakers.

These are great dialogs, so be sure to check them out!