The top ten mistakes that foreign speakers make #4: L

The “L” sound is common mistake that I hear from ESL speakers.  Correcting this sound will make you sound clearer. Many speakers confuse this sound with the R and W.  They also leave the sound off of the end of words or omit it when it comes near a vowel.  This leads to listener confusion.  Correcting this error will make you sound clearer. The mistake that most foreign speakers make with the L sound is that they pronounce it in a very strong manner.  American’s sound more “casual” when they say the L sound.  Clients have told me that the American production sounds “faster”. Many clients also pronounce the “L” sound more like an “O” sound.  This happens most times at the end of a word. To correct this error, do these things: Touch and go…say the L sound then quickly move to the next sound Touch lightly…say the L sound by lightly touching the teeth

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The top ten mistakes that foreign speakers make #3: T

The T sound is another high frequency sound in English.  It is used in common words like “to”, “what” and “time”.  Correcting this sound will make your speech sound more native. The mistake that most foreign speakers make with the T sound is that they pronounce it in a more “British” way.  Meaning it is pronounced in a very strong manner.  In most cases, this is not a problem. You are still saying the “T” sound.  It is just slightly different. If you want to sound more American you can work to improve the way you say this sound.  I know time is an issue for most people.  If you want more bang for your buck, work on sounds that others do not understand when you speak. Americans sound more “casual” when they say the T sound.  Clients have told me that the way Americans say T sounds “fast”. To correct this, do these things:

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The top ten mistakes that foreign speakers make #2: R

The R sound is used a lot in English.  It is a high frequency sound (right, read, run), it impacts the vowel that precedes it (were, more, hear), and is used in consonant clusters or blends (print, screen, scroll).  Correcting this sound will make you sound much clearer. There are several mistakes that foreign speakers make with the R sound: Move the R…in English it does not move, flap, or trill Confuse the R with W and L…these are very different in English and change the meaning of the word.  For example:  rye, why, lie Leave the R sound out when it comes near a vowel…in English we say each sound, the vowel then the R To correct this error, do these things: If you move your R sounds, keep your tongue still by placing the sides onto your top teeth Learn the difference between the L (make with the tongue behind the top teeth),

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The top ten mistakes that foreign speakers make #1: TH

The TH is used a lot in English.  It is a high frequency sound used in words such as “this, that, these, those, the, them, then, with”.  Correcting this sound will make you sound much clearer. Most languages do not have this sound.  To make matters worse, most foreign people think it is “ugly” and avoid improving their pronunciation of this sound.  Why do they think it is ugly?  You have to put your tongue between your teeth. Basically, you stick your tongue out of your mouth. To get over this fear, watch a native English speaker talk.  Once you become proficient, others can barely notice your tongue placement.  When you are learning, you have to hold the tongue in the position longer than a native speaker.  This makes the position more noticeable.  It will go away with time and increased speed and accuracy. People who cannot pronounce TH, say these sounds instead:  D, T,

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How to Pronounce Question Words

Question words are used frequently.  Learning them will make you clearer.  Some of my clients get confused since WH is pronounced as H or W.   WH pronounced W: WHEN is pronounced W-short e-N WHERE is pronounced W-AIR.  Video lesson for where. WHAT is pronounced W-short u-T WHY is pronounced W-long I.  Video  lesson for WHY.    WH pronounced H: WHO is pronounced H-long EW.  Video lesson for WHO.    HOW is pronounced H-long OW

How to say KEYS and KISS

Today’s question is originally from Mexico City. I’ve lately watch many of your videos. Your content is very helpful for us all.  I want to thank you for what you’ve done and I want also make a video request about the difference between the word KEYS and KISS, one friend once taught me the difference which I forgot, so I wish you read this and assist me.  So, that’s it, thank you again and goodbye. 😀   It was posted again today on YouTube from a Spanish speaker in Spain. Hi, Jennifer. I’m from Spain, and I want to thank you for your extremely useful channel, and your great teaching. I would like to ask you a question. What is the difference between “kiss” and “keys”, please? Thank you very much, Jennifer. KEYS has three sounds:  K-long E-Z KISS has three sounds:  K-short i-S Spanish speakers typically make the long

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How to say ESTIMATE

Today’s question comes from a web conference client in Japan:  How do you say ESTIMATE?  I hear two things which is correct? Both are correct.  The pronunciation depends on whether the word is used as a noun or verb.   es ti mit for the noun es ti mate for the verb Listen to the words here:  estimate  

How to say the letter -S at the end of a word.

In English, an -S is added to words to make them plural, possessive, or to change the verb tense.  Even though the letter is always an -S we pronounce this sound differently depending on the sounds the precede it. If the word ends in a sibilant sound that ‘hisses’ like s, sh. z, ch, j, zh; then pronounce the -S as IZ. If the word ends in a voiceless sound t, k, f, th, p; then pronounce the -S as an S sound. If the word ends in a voiced sound: m, n, l, b, d, g, v, th, r; then pronounce the -S as a Z sound. For example: BUSES is pronounced bus-iz CATS is pronounced cat-s CABS is pronounced cab-z If you need practice for this rule, we can help.  Check out our digital audio, video, and PDF package to learn this skill today!

FREE CLASS: Common Mistakes V and W sounds (Recorded)

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FREE CLASS: Common Mistakes-SH and CH sounds (Recorded)

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