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How to Pronounce L and R Together: L and R Blends

 

Cake and ice cream.

Peanut butter and jelly.

Warm sunny evenings on a patio and margaritas!

Some things just go together so easily, so naturally!

L and R blends? Not so much...

A blend occurs when two or more consonant sounds come together at the beginning of a word. So words...

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Pronouncing English Words: When TU sounds like CH

 

In this lesson I’m gonna let you in on a little secret that will hopefully make several common words easier to pronounce.

Here it is: sometimes the letters T and U together actually sound like CH or the “ch” sound as in "cheese" and "chocolate."

This is not always the case, so...

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How to say the Soft G sound as in MANAGER and JOB

 

In this lesson, we’re talking about the DJ /ʤ/ sound, most commonly spelled with a G as in MANAGER or a J as in JOB. You'll learn exactly how this sound is made, common mistakes in pronouncing this sound, and how to fix them.

Practice words and sentences used in this lesson:

just

just did...

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Clarifying English Consonants

 

Let’s talk about English consonants.

Typically if a consonant sound is hard for you to pronounce, it’s because doesn’t exist in your native language so your mouth muscles aren't familiar with how to make the sound.

There are actually 3 specific characteristics that differentiate...

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How to Pronounce the TH sound after S and Z

"How’s the..."

"What’s that..."

"Is this..."

"With someone..."

"Earth’s atmosphere..."

The transition from the /s/ or /z/ to the TH sound can be tricky and a lot of you have written and asked for help with these combinations.

In this lesson I’ll share the 3 key things...

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Year vs. Ear: American English Pronunciation Tip

"I've been working here for seven ears."

"We moved here three ears ago."

For a lot of my students, making "years" and "ears" sound like 2 different words is seriously tricky.

And we talk about years a lot, right? In sharing big life events, anniversaries, ages and when talking about how fast...

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American Accent Training: The Flap T Sound

It's time to practice one of the most distinctive consonant sounds in American English- The Flap T. 

For those looking to really refine an American accent, The Flap T is a key and challenging sound.

In this lesson you’ll learn exactly what the Flap T sounds like, when to use...

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10 English Idioms with "fall": Practice Linking and Dark L

It’s October and fall is officially here. This is my favorite time of year- I love the colors, the smells, the crispness in the air and all things pumpkin!

So in honor of this fabulous season, this lesson focuses on 10 common idioms and phrasal verbs with the word “fall.” ...

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How to Make the ZH /ʒ/ Sound: 30 Common Words You Need to Know

It's the rarest consonant sound in English- the ZH /ʒ/ as in decision.

Is it worth the effort to perfect?

100% yes and here's why:

Although this sound does not appear in a lot of English words, several of the words it DOES appear in are high-frequency, or in...

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S and Z: 35 Common Words Where S Needs to Sound Like Z

The Letter S can be confusing. Sometimes it sounds like /s/, sometimes it sounds like /z/. It’s hard to know when to use which sound and the truth is, sometimes it matters WAY more than others. In this lesson you’ll learn 35 common words where your S definitely needs to sound like a...

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