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Introduction to the IPA and vowel sound training

I will teach you four phonemes from the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). You will learn /e/ as in pet, schwa /ə/ as in to (unstressed), /ɜː/ as in bird, and /ɔː/ as in court. This lesson is for beginners who are unfamiliar with IPA (the individual sounds of English). Learn the IPA vowel symbols to greatly improve your pronunciation. This lesson is also for more advanced students who are already familiar with the sounds of English and their IPA phonetic symbols, and who wish to refresh their knowledge as a result of doing some practical pronunciation practice. Do these exercises for some time and you WILL hear a difference.

Pronunciation: London, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle and More…

Learn how to pronounce the names of the top 10 biggest cities in Britain. Avoid the embarrassment of saying the name of a famous place incorrectly — listen and learn how a person from London says the names of these places. I will also teach you and use some IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet), so that you can get the exact pronunciation. I’ll teach you how to pronounce London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Bradford, Glasgow, Southampton, Portsmouth, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, and Sheffield. No more mistakes!

Do you speak English too slowly?

Speed up your English by learning relaxed pronunciation. I will teach you how to say questions with ‘do’ and ‘did’ in a natural, flowing way. The secret to speaking fast is that there are no clear word boundaries. Whole syllables may be missed completely (“elision”), individual sounds may change (“assimilation”), or completely new sounds may appear (“intrusion”). No matter whether you are a beginner or an advanced speaker of English, I’ll break down the pronunciation for you in the clearest possible way. I’ll also teach you a little IPA (the International Phonetic Alphabet), so that you can be sure that you are saying each question phrase perfectly. Learn to say all the question phrases in this lesson and you will speak fast — like a native speaker of English.

Elvish Language (Spoken)

Take it easy and relax to the sound of my voice reading elvish. Elvish has a soothing and melodious sound and if you close your eyes you could even fall asleep. The language in the video is called Sindarin and is a fictional language devised by J. R. R. Tolkien, which you may have heard in the Lord of the Rings films.

If you like ASMR and get tingles from the voice frequency, then you will find elvish relaxing and soothing.

/u:/ Pronunciation Practice: Ruth The Moose

Improve your British accent pronunciation by learning the vowel sounds of English. In this lesson you will learn the long /u:/ sound which we find in words such as ‘Ruth’ and ‘Moose.’

This pronunciation exercise is a practical accent training exercise from my Clear Up Your Accent pronunciation training course. For more information and to join CLICK HERE.

A moose named Ruth held herself aloof.
She considered herself quite superior
And looked down her rather longish nose
In cool disapproval
Of every other moose in her group.
She thought them all crude:
Their clumsy hoofed hands couldn’t hold spoons,
So they ate their soup with their noses in their bowls.
Having such loose morals,
They swam in the pool shamelessly nude.
More ignorant than the commonest fish,
The moose in her group
Had been removed from their schools
And spoke in MOO’S like the foolish cows
Ruth so ruthlessly considered them to be.

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Mumbling When You Talk? What To Do About It…

Are you a mumbler? Some basics about shy speech…

One of the reasons for shy speech or mumbling has to do with not feeling comfortable about one’s mouth area. If we feel self-conscious about this area, it limits our self-expression. When we get the basics right regarding the mask area of the face, we feel more comfortable to express ourselves.



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