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Practice English Speaking&Listening with: The Native Pronunciation Secrets Of American English Speakers

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In this video, Im going to help you learn American English pronunciation the native


But a few notes before we begin. Understand that you WILL hear various accents and intonations

from different American English speakers in everyday life.

So, this video will cover the standard American English youd most commonly hear on the

news, in most TV shows and movies, and in many conversations.

Next, the rules of pronunciation work about 80% of the time. So learning the rules is

very helpful, but be prepared for irregular sounds and spellings.

Finally, I wont cover every rule, or teach all 44 sounds of English, because these arent

necessary for you to understand the more important idea about how to develop pronunciation like

a native.

On to the lesson!

Ill begin by explaining how natives learn to read, spell and pronounce words so you

can learn to sound like a native.

Then, as we go through some of the progression natives use to learn these sounds, Ill

share a few rules to help make correct spelling and pronunciation easier for you.

Does that sound good?

Now, what youll see in most pronunciation training videos here on YouTube are lists

of sounds followed by a few words they appear in.

Unfortunately, this is a common mistake made by both pronunciation trainers and teachers

of reading that makes it more difficult to understand WHY certain letter combinations

make certain sounds.

Heres an example from one video I found teaching the s sound: sun, circle, pace, course

See how this method teaches you the pronunciations of a few random words, but DOESNT teach

you the rules behind these pronunciations so you can easily say OTHER words?

It doesnt even explain why one of the Cs incirclemakes the soft C sound while

the other makes the hard C sound. Circle. The rule is usually that when C comes before

I, its soft, as in city, citrus and circus. C is usually also soft before e, which is

why you have the s sound in pace.

The truth is you DONT develop strong listening skills, or native pronunciation, by learning

like this. You develop these communication skills by learning how sounds fit together


So let me show this in more detail by sharing the THREE THINGS you need to learn pronunciation

like a native.

First, you need CONTRAST. Your brain learns best when it can compare related sounds, rather

than hearing them isolated, or in random words.

You DONT want to learn like this:

p pig park paper rapport

You want to learn like this:

short vowels: bat bet bit bot but

Listen again: bat bet bit bot but

Your brain can now easily compare these different sounds, and understand them without being

confused by other sound combinations in words.

Only the sound you want to practice changes. THATS contrast!

Now, the next thing you need besides contrast is CONTROL.

Your brain has questions as soon as it connects letter combinations with sounds. What happens

if you change a letter, or add or remove a letter? So you need a way to control the letter

combinations YOURSELF, rather than just seeing them in a video.

Ill explain how you can do this in a minute, but before that, the FINAL thing you need

to learn pronunciation like a native is INSTANT FEEDBACK.

If you have to wait too long between sounds youre listening to, it becomes harder for

your brain to hear how theyre different. So hearing the differences between sounds

or words as fast as possible is ESSENTIAL to developing your listening and pronunciation

the native way!

Listen to the difference between the short a a sound and the short u uh sound:

cat cut cat cut cat cut cat cut cat cut cat cut cat cut

When you HEAR words correctly you can PRONOUNCE them correctly!

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So, how can you control what sounds you hear so you can compare sounds instantly?

Well, very soon, well be releasing our first-of-its-kind mobile app that ANYONE can

use to develop their reading, spelling and pronunciation skills.

Cat cap can cam

See how you can compare sounds as fast as possible to train your ears and pronunciation?

This new app is called Frederick, and if youd like to be among the first to use it to sound

more like a native as fast as possible, click on the link in the upper right of this video,

or on the description.

Now, lets continue with the progression natives use to learn reading, spelling and


Remember how I said that the rules of pronunciation work about 80% of the time? These are the

PHONETIC rules of English, also called phonics.

Native English speakers learn these rules, and additional words that break the rules

known as SIGHT WORDS. We saysightbecause you remember them by seeing them, rather than

bydecodingtheir sounds.

A word with clear phonetic rules, for example, isthank.”

th a nkthank

Buttheis a sight word that would be incorrect if you tried using phonics to pronounce


We dont say th e the, we say the. But natives see and hear this word so often that they

learn to pronounce it the right way automatically. And so can you!

Sight words are also covered in Frederick, so I wont take time teaching a bunch of

them here.

But I WILL go through the basic progression for the first few levels of phonics instruction

so you understand how to develop pronunciation the native way!

Well begin the short vowels and consonants.

The 5 vowels are A E I O and U. And these all have short sounds like this:

a, eh, ih, ah, uh Listen again.

bat bet bit bot but

The consonants are the other 21 letters of the alphabet, though Y can make vowel and

consonant sounds.

You will hear somenonsensewords in the following examples, likedat,” but

these are important to learn as they often become pieces of longer words.

b bat c

cat d dat

f fat g gat

h hat j jet

l let m met

n net p pet

k ket r rat

s sat t tat

v vat w wet

x tex y yet

z zet

Next, we begin blending 2 and 3 letters together. Their sounds dont change, but they are

said faster:

cl clab cr crab

dr drab fl flab

gl glab gr grab

pl plab sc scab

sl slab sn snab

st stab tr trab

ft deft mp demp

nt dent sk desk

scr scrap spl splap

spr sprap str strap

Next, we move to letter combinations with NEW sounds:

ch chip sh ship

th thip wh whip

ck duck tch dutch

Next, ng and nk:

nk dank denk dink donk dunk ng dang deng ding dong dung

Next are combinations of short vowels with the letter L:

al bald el beld

il bild ul buld

all ball

ol like inboldis a long o sound. gold hold mold sold

le bangle dangle fangle tangle

The final phonetic point well look at today is known by names like magic E and silent

E because the final e is silent. Themagicpart is that adding the E changes the pronunciation

of other letters it DOESNT touch.

Here again, we want to contrast sounds so you can hear how ALL of the letters sound

when the final E is present or not.

bac bace

Notice how the final E changes the other vowel from the short sound to the long sound:

bac bace bac bace bac bace

The C also becomes soft before the e, which is why the hard C sound from bac becomes the

soft C sound of bace. We covered this earlier in the video.

Here are some more examples:

fac face mac mace pac pace rac race

See how its the CONTRAST that makes it easier to understand, unlike the typical random

examples shown at the beginning of this video?

Lets look at some more magic E. Notice the pattern:

bic bice mic mice lic lice ric rice bod bode mod mode pod pode rod rode

Again, we designed Frederick to make these kinds of contrasts incredibly fast and easy

for pronunciation practice.

And you can go from individual sounds up to full, blended sentences all in the same app!

So be sure to click on the link in the upper right to learn more about having this complete

system to practice with whenever you like. Its like having a native speaker in your

pocket wherever you go!

Well, theres a lot more to learn, but I hope you now understand how you can develop

the listening and pronunciation skills of a native speaker if you just learn the right


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