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The Secret to Pronouncing The Letter C

 

The letter C can be a little tricky.

Sometimes is sounds like /s/ as in "decide" and "cycle."

Other times it sounds like /k/ as in "cut"and "account."

The good news is, there is actually a pattern that is very consistent that helps you to know when the letter C will sound like /s/ and when...

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Difficult English Words: How to Pronounce WHERE, WERE and HERE

 

Where were you?

Were you here?

Just this past week, one of my students in The Clear English Academy brought these words to my attention.

These words look so similar! There each have the "e-r-e" spelling pattern, but in each word, these letters sound different.

Just another example how...

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How to Pronounce the 50 United States of America

 

"Fifty, nifty United States from thirteen original colonies; Fifty, nifty stars on the flag that billows so beautifully in the breeze!"

These are the first lines of a song I learned and LOVED way back in second grade. It's one of those that sticks with you. Even though I'm now 43, I...

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15 Surprising Homophones: Did you Know these Words Sound the SAME?

 

Homophones are words that sound the same but have a different meaning, spelling or both!

Some homophones are pretty common and known, such as too/two or there/their.

Others homophones are more surprising. 

In this lesson, we'll practice 15 pairs you may not be aware of so you...

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How to Pronounce the Letters of the English Alphabet

 

 

**Click here to grab the practice PDF that goes along with this lesson.**

Sometimes you just need to spell things out. L-I-T-E-R-A-L-L-Y.

Especially when sharing personal information like your name or address. Especially when sharing this type of info over the phone.

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Let's Practice! DON'T, WON'T & PHONE

 

Last week, I helped student in The Clear English Academy who had a vowel stuck in her nose!

Not quite the same amount of drama as that time when I was 8 and my cousin Mitch got a pea stuck up his nose... 

But still something that needs attention!

In this lesson, I'll show you how...

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Hidden Sounds in English Words

 

As if English pronunciation isn’t tricky enough, did you know there are actually hidden sounds in many words?

I know!

Specifically, I’m talking about hidden /y/ and /w/ sounds that often occur between syllables.

If there’s a particular word that, no matter how much...

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How to Pronounce ENTREPRENEUR

 

When we think of confusing English words, ENTREPRENEUR definitely comes to mind.

This word has come up several times recently with my Clear English Academy members, and I wanted to share how we break down the pronunciation of this word to make it so much easier to say. :)

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How to Pronounce WAR

 

With everything happening in the world right now, this word is heard and spoken daily: WAR.

It's a tough topic and it can be a challenging word to pronounce.

There are only 3 letters. It seems like it should be pretty straightforward. But some of the actual sounds in this word...

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How to Pronounce the IOUS and EOUS Suffix

 

We added a new fur baby to the family this week!

She is seriously precious and hilariously curious.

I'm not sure our older pup agrees, but she's being gracious!

Precious, gracious, curious, hilarious, serious... each of these words ends in IOUS yet the...

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