Word and Sentence Stress in American English

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Say Contractions Naturally: How to Pronounce Contractions in American English with Stress and Reductions

Because you study contractions early on in your English learning journey, you often learn them as “optional” ways to combine pronouns and helping verbs, or helping verbs and negatives. But they’re not really optional – they’re basically required if you want to sound natural when speaking English. That’s why you … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Pronounce Phrasal Verbs in English with Stress and Linking

I can’t believe I’m going to talk about phrasal verbs! While I’m not going to teach you the 10 most common phrasal verbs in English, or anything like that, I am going to explain how to pronounce phrasal verbs like a native English speaker. Specifically, we’re going to talk about … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Accent Mistakes: How NOT to Sound Like a Native English Speaker

Chances are you want to sound MORE like a native English speaker! After all, improving your accent can help you feel more confident when speaking because you know that the focus is going to be on your words, not the way you say them. On top of that, speaking with … Read the article and watch the video lesson

30 Words That Americans and Brits Stress Differently

 Have you noticed that Americans and Brits pronounce words quite differently? You might be able to hear that some vowel sounds are completely different. After all, vowel sounds do vary quite a lot between regional dialects. And you might notice different consonants, especially when we’re talking about the American … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Pronounce Informal Contractions Like a Native English Speaker [Gonna, Wanna, Dunno + 19 More!]

Have you noticed that when you use informal contractions like “gonna,” “wanna,” “dunno,” “hafta,” you don’t exactly sound like an American? 🤔 In fact, if you’re not careful, using these informal contractions can actually draw more attention to the fact that you’re a non-native speaker and enhance your accent. In this … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Pitch Exercises: Improve Your Stress and Intonation in American English with Steps and Glides

 Have you practiced your pitch recently? If not, I encourage you to get started with these pitch exercises now so that you can be more easily understood by native English speakers. Learning to change and vary your pitch will help you: pronounce words more accurately; call attention to the … Read the article and watch the video lesson

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