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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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British English Consonant Sound Tutorials British English Word Pronunciation Tutorials

How To Pronounce The ‘-ly’ Suffix In English

This week’s English Pronunciation tutorial will walk you through this tricky consonant cluster step by step to enable you to speak English like a native!

Don’t let the ‘-ly’ suffix affect your English Pronunciation

These is what we will cover during this video:

  • Breaking ‘-ingly’ down
  • How Not To Pronounce ‘-ingly’
  • Pronouncing ‘-ingly’ Correctly
  • Examples of ‘-ingly’ Words
  • ‘-ingly’ In A Phrase
  • Explaining Tonality

When pronouncing the ‘-ingly’ cluster in words like ‘lovingly’ or ‘surprisingly,’ the ‘-ly’ suffix can alter the way we pronounce the ‘-ing’ before it.

Why is that?

When we see the ‘N’ in ‘-ing’ we assume it is there to be pronounced, but since it is part of the ‘ING’ suffix, we should be making a different sound entirely – /ŋ/.

Are you struggling to understand?

No worries!

By the end of the tutorial, you will know how to pronounce the ‘-ly’ suffix, the ‘ing’ suffix, and the combination of both when they are combined.

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Pre Fortis Clipping In British English – Vowels Made EASY

In this week’s video, I will show you how Pre Fortis Clipping affects vowel length in British English, and how you can use it to pronounce English vowel sounds clearly.

You’re going to learn how to implement pre-fortis clipping into your English speech, which will enable you to improve your English pronunciation skills and your English listening abilities!

Pre-fortis clipping is the effect that causes vowel length to get squashed in English speech.

How does this happen?

A voiceless consonant, such as ‘K’ or ‘T,’ squeezes a vowel and makes it shorter.

This happens because the tongue pauses airflow while we’re forming these voiceless consonant sounds. 

Try it for yourself by saying ‘seed’ and then ‘seat.’

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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

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Do THIS to learn /ɪ/ vs /i:/

In this English Vowel Sound tutorial, I compare the /ɪ/ and /i:/ Sounds. 

The video will help with your English Accent Training, your English Pronunciation, your English speaking, and your English listening skills. 

It will demonstrate your ability to tell the difference between the /ɪ/ sound, and the /i:/ sound.   

In this video, I compare these words for example

sit & seat 

hit & heat

Tim & team

bin and beam

Once your English listening skills are good enough to recognize the sounds in speech, you will be much more like to pronounce the sounds correctly.

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Do THIS to Learn /uː/ Sound (British Accent)

In this British English Pronunciation tutorial, we look at the /u:/ sound.  This tutorial is for English Accent Training.

This sound appears in words such as ‘boot’, ‘food’, and ‘choose’.

It is easily confused with the /ʊ/ sound that appears in words such as ‘put’. For example:

‘foot’ vs ‘food’

‘Luke’ vs ‘look

‘suit’ vs ‘soot’

Being able to tell the difference is essential for your English communication skills.

If you are an ESL student, studying for the IELTS, TESOL, and TOEIC exams, mastering this sound is essential.