Syllables and Spelling

This viewer question comes from China:  "Can you tell me how to speak  "interview, indefinitely, writte­n, palm, twenty, forty, sixty" etc.  Thank you because I’m very confused." This is a big question.  I think the best way to approach this question is to look at syllables and spelling. Syllables…


How do you say: FOUR and FOR

This week’s word pair comes to us from Romania:  “I propose “four” and “for”.  I couldn’t find it anywhere.” These words are pronounced the same way.  The only difference in these words is the definition. FOUR is the number.  FOR is a word that indicates a purpose. Both words have two sounds: F-OR…


How to pronounce: Coat and Quote

This confusing word pair appears to be difficult.  But, it is really a simple fix.  This word pair is confusing because of the spelling. Let's look at the sounds in the words.  I think that you will be surprised. COAT is pronounced K, long O, T QUOTE is pronounced K, W, long O, T The only…


Spelled The Same But Pronounced Differently: DOVE

The word DOVE can have several meanings. However, depending on the meaning, is pronounced in different ways. When you mean the type of bird, it is pronounced with a short vowel: D-short u-V If you mean the past tense of "to dive", it is pronounced with a long vowel sound: D-long O-V


Spelled the same but pronounced differently: TEAR

The word TEAR can have several meanings; however, depending on the meaning, it can be pronounced in two different ways. When you mean water that comes from your eyes, it is pronounced: “T” “EAR” If you mean to rip, it is pronounced: “T” “AIR” Check out this Minute of Speech video for an……


Brain Research From Language to Accent

Great article on research in language learning: CNN Health: From brain to language to accent


How to Talk Like a Vampire

Want to talk like a Vampire?  Well, here is how to do it. http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/09/16/accent.dialect.true.blood/index.html This article discusses how actor Stephen Moyer (aka "Bill Compton") learned his accent for the HBO hit series "True Blood". Maybe you can learn a tip from a vampire.…


Brain Research From Language to Accent

Great article on research in language learning: CNN Health: From brain to language to accent


Top Vowel Mistakes of Turkish Speakers

The following examples are the most common vowel mistakes of Turkish speakers: Confuse E and IH (say “sight” or “sit”) Say A instead of EH (say “bait” instead of “bet”) Confuse OOH and EW (say “look” or “Luke”) Say O instead of OH (say “boat” instead of “bought”) Say UH instead of ER (say “but”…


Baby Sitters Wanted: Foreign Language a MUST

Parents are always looking for a way to give their children a head start. With the ever-expanding global marketplace, people are realizing that foreign languages are needed more than ever. Now parents have a new priority, foreign language skills. Since many Americans only speak English, people are…