Shortcut for Pronouncing -ed Endings

Shortcut -ed endingsPronouncing -ed endings correctly makes a big difference.  When a student can pronounce the -ed endings he will be much easier to understand.  Comprehensible English is the goal of accent modification.

There is a common method of teaching -ed endings by using /d/, /t/ and /id/.  This was a little confusing for my lower students, so I developed a “shortcut” to pronouncing -ed endings.

Words ending in T or D, add ‘id’ and say it as a separate syllable.

Words ending in all other sounds, add “d” and DON’T say it as a separate syllable.

Important tip!  Beginning D is said with a puff of air.  Ending D is said with NO PUFF OF AIR!  This is helpful, when students say “gooda” for good,  “hadda” for had, “playeda” for played or “moveda” for moved. No puff of air here will help your student’s English to be more comprehensible.

See the free printable Pronouncing -ed Shortcut handout here.

Have fun speaking English!

Pronunciation & ESL Classes in San Jose CA

ESL classes San Jose CA accent reduction

Our ESL classes are still accepting new students!  Two locations are available in south San Jose, CA, on Mondays and Wednesdays.

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  • Mondays,  9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Westgate, South Hills Campus
  • 6601 Camden Avenue
  • San Jose CA 95120

Our Wednesday location is temporarily moved during our renovation to:

  • Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Almaden Hills UMC
  • 1200 Blossom Hill Road
  • San Jose CA 95118

We accept all levels from beginners to advanced, and even have a special class for English Pronunciation taught by a speech pathologist.  Registration fee of $10 applies one time at each location.  Intermediate classes use a textbook which costs about $30. Tell a friend! Improve your English! Join us today!