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NEVER Make These 5 English Pronunciation Mistakes!

In this English Pronunciation lesson, you’re going to learn the 5 WORST pronunciation mistakes in English.

These mistakes have you saying the rudest and most offensive words in the English language, even though the words are almost identical to polite everyday words that you use in normal English conversation.

Almost every non-native speaker of English will have made one of these critical errors, resulting in embarrassment, or worse…!

In the video, I break down these 5 words that people end up saying incorrectly and compare them to the correct word that you’re meant to say.

I explain the sounds that have been confused, and how to tell the difference.

At the end of the video, I give you a simple English listening test, to see if you can recognise the mistakes when they appear in English speech.

Throughout the video, I provide links to additional English tutorials that enable you to focus on improving specific sounds within your English speech.

If you recognise that you have difficulty with one of the sounds that I mention here, you will be able to then watch additional pronunciation tutorials, to make the necessary improvements to your speech.

The reason why these mistakes occur is usually due to a mispronounced vowel sound. In English, there are long vowel sounds and short vowel sounds. For example /i:/ as in ‘feet’, and /ɪ/ as in ‘fit’.

What tends to happen when people learn English, is that they don’t learn the difference between the various vowel sounds.

As a result, they end up getting them confused. In most situations, that will lead to you mishearing or mispronouncing a word.

This isn’t ideal, but it’s not the end of the world. In other situations, however, as a result of mispronouncing a sound, you end up saying something extremely rude and offensive.

In an informal situation, it might be funny, but in a business meeting or professional situation, it can cause you serious problems.

In London, I hear non-native speakers making these pronunciation mistakes on a regular basis. Unfortunately, it can have a negative effect on their job prospects, and also their quality of life.

By teaching you how to make these sounds correctly, and avoid mistakes, you should be able to speak English with confidence, knowing that you’ll never make one of these dreadful errors.

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Do This to learn /æ/ vs /ʌ/

In this video, I will show you how to correctly pronounce the two vowel sounds /æ/ and /ʌ/. 

They are both short English vowel sounds that are made with your mouth nearly completely open. The /æ/ sound is made at the front of your mouth and the /ʌ/ sound is made at the back.  

It is often very easy to get the sounds mixed up as there are many words in English that are the same apart from the one sound e.g ‘ban’ and ‘bun’.

In this video, I will show you how your mouth makes the sounds, and I then give you exercises to practice making the differences between both sounds.

Practice going like this, making both sounds one after the other: /æ/ /ʌ/  /æ/ /ʌ/  /æ/ /ʌ/  /æ/ /ʌ/  /æ/ /ʌ/  /æ/ /ʌ/  /æ/ /ʌ/

This will teach you to recognize the /æ/ sound in English speaking and English listening, and the /ʌ/ sound in English speaking and English listening