Difference between REALLY and RELY

Here is today's question: "Greetings from Paraguay!  How do you pronounce REALLY and RELY?" REALLY has 4 sounds:  R-long E, L, long E RELY has 4 sounds:  R-long E, L, long I To make these words sound different, focus on the last sound long E versus Long I.  Long E is make by smiling.  While long I…


How to Pronounce BOSS and BUS - American English Pronunciation Lesson

Learn how to pronounce the English words BOSS and BUS correctly with this American English pronunciation lesson. BOSS is pronounced B-short o-S. It rhymes with loss, moss, Ross, toss. BUS is pronounced B-short u-S It rhymes with cuss, fuss, Gus, puss. Jennifer Tarle from Tarle Speech and Language…


How to Pronounce BALL, BOWL, BALD, BOLD, BOWLED - American English Pronunciation Lesson

Learn how to pronounce the English words BALL, BOWL, BALD, BOLD, BOWLED correctly with this American English pronunciation lesson. BALL is pronounced B-short o-L. It rhymes with call, doll, fall, hall, mall, tall, wall. BOWL is pronounced B-long o-L. It rhymes with goal, hole, mole, pole, roll,…


How to pronounce the letters WR

When a word is spelled with WR, this letter pair is pronounced as R. Yes, the two letters: WR are pronounced as one sound: R. This is the case in words like: Wrinkle Write Wrap Wreathe Wreck Wrench Wrong Recommend Video: "Write"


How to Pronounce FOOT & FOOD - American English Pronunciation Lesson

Take this quick ESL pronunciation speaking lesson to learn how to pronounce the words: FOOT and FOOD. These words have a slight difference in pronunciation making them confusing to say. Improve your speaking today with this short video lesson. Join Jennifer Tarle from Tarle Speech and Language and…


Learn how to pronounce the English words Words Ending in SKS like DESKS TASKS RISKS correctly with this American English pronunciation lesson. Jennifer Tarle from Tarle Speech and Language guides you through a quick pronunciation lesson with quick tips to have you sounding clearer in no time.…


How do you learn a new accent?

How do you learn a new accent? Let me answer that by using myself as an example.  I wanted a more standard American accent.  The accent you hear in Julia Robert’s movies; something general, from anywhere USA.  I knew that I used some vocabulary that was different like redd up, rift, and slippy.  So…


How Do You Pronounce The Letter “Y” At The End of a Word?

How Do You Pronounce The Letter “Y” At The End of a Word? If a word is one syllable, and ends in a “Y”, pronounce it as the long I sound. This is the case in words like “my", "by", "shy”. If a word is two syllables, and ends in a “Y”, pronounce it as the long E sound. This is the case in words like…


How Do You Pronounce the Letter “C”?

If the letter “C” is followed by the letters “E”, “I”, or “Y”, pronounce it as an “S” sound. This is the case in words like “cellar, city ,cyst”. If the letter “C” is followed by the letters “A” “O”, “U” or a consonant, pronounce it as a “K” sound. This is the case in words like “cab, cola, cut,…


Help! I don't think I am making progress!

Many of my clients complain that they are not making progress.  They say "people still can’t tell the difference or understand me!" True. Not yet. The problem is that speech is a complex skill. In order to be able to use new sounds during conversation, you must move through a hierarchy of…