How to Pronounce the letters F, FF, PH, GH as the F Sound - American English Pronunciation

Learn how to read the letters F, FF, PH, GH. The letters F, FF, PH, GH are pronounced as the F sound. Learn how to pronounce the F sound correctly with this American English pronunciation lesson. FF is pronounced as F in different PH is pronounced as F in phone GH is pronounced as F in enough F is…


2018 Summer Class in Chicago

We are in the process of scheduling a week long course this summer in Chicago.  Sessions will take place in the mornings leaving the afternoons open for exploration and practicing your new pronunciation skills! Class will total 12 hours.  All materials will be included.  Cost per person is $600.…


Group Class Announcement: How to Pronounce American Vowel Sounds starting APRIL 2018

Join Jennifer Tarle from Tarle Speech & Language English to learn how to pronounce American Vowel Sounds.  This group class is limited to 8 participants so sign up today.  A five week video conference course typically costs $250.  To celebrate this new course offering, all participants will…


The Challenge of Learning US English: Index to Tarle Speech

Thanks to Attila from the Challenge of Learning English for this amazing index of my pronunciation video lessons! Check out his work to learn how to use my videos to improve your speaking and reduce your accent.  Be more confident and better understood with free video lessons.

Introductions

A client recently asked me: "How do I introduce myself? No one ever understands me." This is a frustrating situation. Not only are you frustrated, but your new friend or colleague may be embarrassed if they do not understand. In fact, a lot of my American friends ask me how to better understand…


How to pronounce the letter G

Today's question is a common one from a client:  What different ways can the letter G be pronounced? Pronounce the letter "G" as a "J" sound if the letter "G" is followed by the letters "E", "I", or "Y". This is true in the words gem, gin, gym, judge, cage, and edge. Pronounce the letter "G" as a…


How is the SH Sound Spelled?

The "SH" sound causes problems for foreign speakers. Most often, clients can say the "SH" sound perfectly. They get confused because of the many ways that it can be spelled. The "SH" sound is ONE sound spelled most commonly with two letters:  SH.  However, it can also be spelled as follows: SH:…


How to pronounce Compound Nouns

Compound words such as "make-up", "White House", and "whiteboard", are challenging for most foreign speakers. The reason these words are difficult is typically due to word stress. When pronouncing compound nouns, STRESS the first word, or syllable. Do this by making that part of the word higher in…


How to pronounce the letter C

Today's question is a common one from a client:  What different ways can the letter C be pronounced? It can be pronounced as a K or S sound.  How do you know which sound to use?  Follow these simple rules: Pronounce the letter "C" as an "S" sound if the letter "C" is followed by the letters "E",…


Word Stress

English words are made up of syllables or beats in a word.  Syllables always contain a vowel.  They usually have a consonant too.  Words may have 1, 2, 3, or more syllables. One syllable words are pronounced with falling intonation and the stress on the one syllable. In two or more syllable words,…