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Pronunciation in English

English pronunciation

Pronunciation in English is a course dedicated not only to helping you pronounce correctly but also teaches you the rules regarding applying the correct sound to each letter and/or letter pair (both vowels and consonants). This is especially important given the irregular nature of English pronunciation.  

Our method of instruction ensures ease of use as we take you through all the ins and outs of English pronunciation by breaking down all the sounds and pronunciation rules in easy-to-follow steps.

Furthermore, English Reservoir is a strong advocate for perfecting one’s pronunciation rather than accent. So, that’s why we have made extensive use of varying accents within this course to thus give you lots of exposure, which is very much representative of the diversity of accents in the English language. 

Getting to grips with the pronunciation of English can be somewhat daunting at first. Needless to say, when you journey with us, you will end up mastering your English pronunciation to the degree where you should ultimately feel far more confident and competent at the moment of speaking.   

In this course, we will cover: 

What will I learn?  

We will take you through the most fundamental aspects of English pronunciation, those being everything to do with: vowels and consonants. Also, we will walk you through some other very common issues people tend to have difficulties with such as the past ending of verbs, contractions and much more!

Given that English pronunciation is rather irregular, we feel it is important to break down all the parts of English pronunciation to make it easier to understand, so, that’s why, in this course, you’re going to get the complete rundown regarding all sounds in English. You’ll learn how to pronounce correctly, and which sounds go with which letters.  

How does this course work?

We have divided the course into 4 chapters, two of which are solely focused on vowels and consonants, which make up the entirety of all sounds in the English language. Each chapter is then subdivided into sounds of the same sort, for example, aspirated and nasal sounds have their own sections. This will allow you to better categorise English sounds, and in turn, should help you to remember them with more ease.

We also make extensive use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), which is the phonetic representation of each letter. Don’t be intimidated by this. We use the IPA script next to each letter and/or word with the aim of showcasing exactly how the letter or word looks with phonetic notation. By giving you this connection (sound and symbol), that is, by seeing what the sound looks like as well as hearing it, you should be able to better remember the correct pronunciation, because the brain likes to connect things.  

Given that this course is neatly categorized as per all the vowels and consonants, you don’t necessarily need to do this course from beginning to end. However, we would highly recommend doing the whole course so that you can understand all sounds in English, which will greatly improve your overall pronunciation.

How should I do this course?

We would recommend that you do the whole course from start to finish so that you can get the big picture of how English pronunciation works. Furthermore, in all the sections it’s essential to pay attention to both the letters and IPA script beside the word and any letters/letter pairs to thus get that much-needed visual representation of the sound regarding the exact pronunciation.

Also, make sure that you sound out the letters and words aloud to yourself to ensure that you are getting it right.

Technical language is kept to a minimum

This course is for anyone who wants to improve their English pronunciation. You don’t need any previous knowledge to do this course. The goal is simple: improve your English pronunciation and learn which sounds need to be applied to which letters.

More sections will be added to this course over time

In this course, we will be focusing primarily on all the sounds in English, both vowels and consonants and how to produce said sounds. However, over time, we will be adding more sections to this course to cover other aspects of English pronunciation such as connected speech, stress, intonation, accent placement, rhythm, and weak forms, as well as words in company. So, stay tuned!

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