A very common word in English is "the". But you might notice we pronounce it two different ways!
If "the" is next to a consonant, it will be pronounced [thuh]:
the book [thuh book]
the car [thuh kar]
the man [thuh man]
If "the"is next to a vowel, it will be pronounced [thee] and often has a linking sound [y] ...
My Korean student came to Bible study today. And I noticed the way she said "Jesus" was hard to understand. Now this is not the "Jesus" that my Hispanic friends say -"Hay-soos". That is very easy to understand. This Korean "Jesus" sounded like "Jeezhus". I noticed that instead of using a Z sound there in ...
My ESL and pronunciation students say these words are often confused - "close" and "clothes".
Below are some helpful hints for pronouncing
close - near
close - shut
clothes - apparel
kl oh s
My house is close to school.
Almost always “close to”
kl oh z
to shut, or to end
He will close the door.
The service will close with a hymn.
If you have a student or client with tongue thrust (as known as oral myofunctional disorder) you may need some information about the jaw.
Learn more about the jaw here and see my resources for therapy ideas on Teachers Pay Teachers.com.
The vowels are often affected by the position of the jaw. If you are teaching English pronunciation to a foreign-born ...
In a phrase or sentence we link the final T to the next beginning vowel, and say is like it's all one word. Often the T will be reduced (shorter, quieter) and sound like a D.
Wait in [waidin] the Doctor's office.
Let's eat an [eadan] apple
Put it [pudit] by the door.
See the practice sentences here.
10 Ways to Improve Your English
1.Join an ESL class for regular practice in English.
2.Practice with a native English speaker every day for a few minutes. Tell your American friend, neighbor or workmate you are trying to improve your English, and ask them to chat with you each day.
3.Learn English sounds and pronunciation rules. Most helpful ...
Here’s help for Chinese speakers to get a more American English sound. When consonants “c” (k) and “t” are in the middle of a word (like “practice”), or between two words in a phrase. (like "take two"), hold out the vowel just before the “k” sound, then make a gentle, quiet “k” linked to the “t”.
DO NOT ...
I’m headed off to work this morning, where I'll spend 2 hours in English pronunciation class with adults from 5 different countries and cultures. It’s every Monday morning and my current clients are Iranian, Chinese (Mandarin), Taiwanese, Korean and Japanese. Our class is part of an ESL (English as a Second Language) program in our community. ...
Please stop by my store at Teachers Pay Teachers. I've published some useful materials for working with students who tongue thrust.
Tongue Thrust Exercises and Activities
Tongue Thrust Words and Sentences
Paper Suck Tic Tac Toe
What is tongue thrust and why is it important to correct? A heavy force such as chewing only occupies a small amount of time ...
A student in English Pronunciation class asked how to make "can" and "can't" different, because when she hears Americans use these words it's hard to tell them apart! Sometimes you hear the T on "can't", but not always. There is an easier way to know the difference:
When we use "can" (affirmative), the vowel often gets reduced, ...