How to Pronounce KOREA & CAREER - American English Pronunciation Lesson

Learn how to pronounce the English words KOREA & CAREER 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. Improve your accent and speak…


How to Pronounce HEART BURN - English Pronunciation Lesson

Learn how to pronounce the English word HEART BURN /hɑrt bɜrn/ correctly with this American English pronunciation lesson. HEART BURN is pronounced: h-are-t b-er-n /hɑrt bɜrn/ Heart rhymes with dart, fart, cart, mart, part, tart. Burn rhymes with fern, learn, turn. Jennifer Tarle from Tarle Speech…


Learn How to Pronounce CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - American English Pronunciation Lesson

Learn How to Pronounce Chicago, Illinois /ʃəˈkɑɡoʊ, ɪləˈnɔɪ/ correctly with this American English pronunciation lesson. Improve Your Accent & Speak Clearly with this video lesson. Jennifer Tarle from Tarle Speech and Language guides you through a quick pronunciation lesson with quick tips to…


The top ten mistakes that foreign speakers make# 10: Long E versus Short i

Frequently, foreign speakers confuse the long E and short i.  This mistake can be very embarrassing and lead to confusion. Keep these tips in mind to help improve your pronunciation of these sounds: The long E is is made with tense, smiling lips and is LONG The short i is made with relaxed,…


The top ten mistakes that foreign speakers make #9: vowels that move

A lot of foreign speakers talk with little mouth movement.  In English, we move our mouths a lot!  People have even told me that their mouths feel "tired" after an accent improvement session. Several vowel sounds move.  They include:  "A", "I", "O" "U" and a vowel paired with an "R" (which is very…


The top ten mistakes that foreign speakers make #8: open vowels

Some foreign speakers talk with very closed mouths.  In English, we move our mouths a lot.  This means that we open them.  As one client stated, "you open your mouth REALLY WIDE!" The short a and short o sounds are pronounced with a wide open mouth.  When you do not, open your mouth wide enough,…


The top ten mistakes that foreign speakers make #7: Z

The Z sound is confusing for many foreign speakers.  The main reason is because of how words are spelled.  In a lot of cases, the letter "S" is pronounced as a Z sound.  For instance, the word because is pronounced becauz, is sounds like iz, and was is said, waz. In English, we add S to nouns to…


The top ten mistakes that foreign speakers make #6: final voiced sounds

This error is a big problem.  Foreign speakers omit (say bee for beat) or do not keep the voice on (say back for bag) when a consonant sound ends a word.  These errors create entirely new and different words. To correct this you must first learn to say ending sounds.  Focus on saying each word.…


The top ten mistakes that foreign speakers make #5: ING endings

Many foreign speakers have trouble with word endings.  The "ING" ending is commonly used.  I hear foreign speakers pronounce the "ING" as:  "INK", "IN", "ENG", "EENG" or "IN GA". When mispronounced, the word sing would sound like sink, sin, seng or sin ga (which might be interpreted as singer).…


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.…