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American English Pronunciation Podcast

The American English Pronunciation podcasts teaches non-native English speakers and ESL/ELL students correct English pronunciation in short lessons. Learn, listen, repeat!

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216: The Cardinal Vowels--long e /i/, oo sound /u/, short o /ɑ/, and short a /æ/

All about that vowels diagram that shows the vowel sounds placed over a sort of square-like shape that’s bigger on the top than it is on the bottom. Transcripts at pronuncian.com.

12mins

17 Sep 2016

Rank #1

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23: The /p/ and /b/ in English

Pronounce /p/ and /b/ correctly and compare them with the consonants /f/ and /v/.Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

6mins

20 Aug 2008

Rank #2

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75: 'can' and 'can't,' how are they different? Not how you expect!

Change in vowel sounds, sentence stress, and a glottal stop: lots of details make the pronunciation of these words different.Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

14mins

16 Sep 2009

Rank #3

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55: Intonation and high pitch words, an introduction

An introduction to English intonation and high pitch words in yes/no questions.Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

10mins

1 Apr 2009

Rank #4

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78: Comparing /æ/, /ɑ/, /ɔ/ (short a, short o, and aw)

Understanding a sequence of low vowel sounds (as in 'stack,' 'stock,' and 'stalk')Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

8mins

21 Oct 2009

Rank #5

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160: w+a (want), w+a-r (warm), w+o-r (work)

Less-known patterns for the aw sound, schwa+r, and or sound.Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

8mins

8 Aug 2012

Rank #6

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159: What are non-phonetic words?

Words that aren't pronounced like we'd expect.Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

7mins

25 Jul 2012

Rank #7

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73: Reducing the word 'of' to /ə/

When the word 'of' links into a consonant, the /v/ is often dropped.Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

10mins

26 Aug 2009

Rank #8

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163: -ile and the differences in American and British English

fragile: /ˈfrædʒ əl/ in the US /ˈfrædʒ aɪl/ in the UK.Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

6mins

26 Sep 2012

Rank #9

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162: The differences between /b/ and /v/

Two different, yet similar sounds.Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

8mins

12 Sep 2012

Rank #10

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119: The bunched /r/

Which of these two techniques for the r sound works best for you?Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

8mins

27 Oct 2010

Rank #11

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156: Silent letters in high-frequency words

Which high-frequency words have a silent consonant?

5mins

30 May 2012

Rank #12

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59: Falling pitch boundaries on yes/no questions

When to use a falling pitch instead of a rising pitch on a yes/no question.Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

7mins

6 May 2009

Rank #13

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144: -ed ending exceptions

Some -ed adjectives gain a syllable.Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

6mins

30 Nov 2011

Rank #14

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88: Why is 'tch' (as in 'watch') easier to pronounce than 'ch' (as in which)?

The 'tch' and 'ch' spelling should BOTH be pronounced as /ʧ/ (the ch sound, yet 'tch' often seems easier for non-native English speakers.Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

9mins

6 Jan 2010

Rank #15

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151: j/ch sounds plus -ed ending

Practice adding the -ed ending to the j or ch sound.Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

8mins

14 Mar 2012

Rank #16

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58: Pitch Boundaries, Rising and Falling

Pitch boundaries organize conversations, and give important emotional clues about the speaker.Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

9mins

22 Apr 2009

Rank #17

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148: More 'th' sounds practice

Practice quickly saying the th sounds in paragraphs.Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

8mins

1 Feb 2012

Rank #18

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102: Russian/Ukrainian Special Episode

Learn the most common difficulties Russian and Ukrainian speakers face when speaking English with an American English accent.Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

14mins

21 Apr 2010

Rank #19

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170: 'schwa+r' /ɚ/ paragraph practice

Practice this difficult sound in context.Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

8mins

23 Jan 2013

Rank #20