Be sure to use your tablet or computer for additional help with Pronouncing English. The following resources (free or cheap) focus on the North American English pronunciation.
MacMillan The Pronunciation App (free) This features words using the sounds of English with IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). It has practice and quizzes for reading, writing and listening.
K12Phonemes (free) Learn the sounds of English with sounds and words, plus a nice video of a real person speaking.
Sounds of Speech ($3.00) This is from the Iowa Phonetics project. You’ll see and hear sounds of English with a video illustration of the mouth saying the sounds/words. The app is $2.99. You can access the program for free with your laptop by going to the University of Iowa Phonetics home (available on a computer or laptop only, not a tablet.)
Dragon Dictation (free) Set it to American English. and the Dragon Dication computer program will try to recognize and turn your spoken sentence into printed text. See how well you’re pronouncing English!
Here are free resources for listening. Audio is in beginner, intermdiate and advanced levels, many with audio transcripts.
This year we held a special pronunciation class at our community ESL program. We did 30 weeks of lessons helping 11 students learn specific ways to improve their American English pronunciation. Here’s what the pronunciation students had to say about our program:
“I have learned a lot of new techniques about how I pronounce words, the mouth and tongue movements, linking words, and rhythms.”
“I learned a lot of pronunciation in the class, especially stress and linking.”
“I learned many vowel sounds in the class. It was very useful for me.”
“I learned a lot the way to speak in American accent. It brings me more confidence to say English.”
“I learned important part of speaking in English, that you will never be able to speak well without knowing it. Really learned something every time.”
Next year’s ESL program starts on Monday September 12, 2016, and we will be offering the Pronunciation class again. ESL classes for all levels meet Mondays from 9:30-11:30am, at Westgate South Hills Church, 6601 Camden Avenue, San Jose, California, USA, 95120. There is a one-time registration fee of $10, and some classes use a textbook (about $30). We hope to have childcare, for babies to age 5, at our Monday classes, so please inquire about childcare, if you need it.
Tongue Twisters are poems that are tricky to pronounce, even for native speakers!
Trying to say a tongue twister poem fast often has hilarious results! But they can be very good practice when you say them slowly. Here are a few of my favorites: She Sells Seashells, Peter Piper and How Much Wood?
She sells seashells by the seashore.
The shells she sells are surely seashells.
So if she sells shells by the seashore,
I’m sure she sells seashore shells.
Hear the audio clip She Sells Seashells.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
If Peter Piper Picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
Hear the audio clip Peter Piper.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck
If a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Hear the audio clip How Much Wood?