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.…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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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