American English Pronunciation: Vowels and Consonants

Learn how to pronounce all English vowels and consonants with an American accent
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  • Lectures 55
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

American English Pronunciation: Vowels and Consonants is a pronunciation course for English learners who want to speak with an American accent. Students will learn how to pronounce all vowels and consonants of American English, and how these sounds are usually spelled.

In addition to each vowel and consonant sound, video lectures include homophones, suffixes, consonant clusters, contractions, and commonly mispronounced words. Listening and multiple choice quizzes are also included to test your pronunciation knowledge.

New videos and quizzes will be added in the future based on feedback from students.

Thank you for your interest in American English pronunciation!

What are the requirements?

  • Students should have some knowledge of English, since the lectures are in English only.
  • Students should have a recording device (voice recorder on phone or program on computer) to record their own pronunciation to practice the sounds.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Pronounce all of the vowels and consonants of American English.
  • Better predict the pronunciation of words based on the spelling.
  • Speak more confidently with an American accent.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for all English learners who want to improve their pronunciation of American English.

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
03:10

Learn about the structure of this course and the experience of your instructor, Dr. Jennie Wagner

International Phonetic Alphabet and Phonetic Terms
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03:59
05:12

Learn what letters are silent in certain words - what NOT to pronounce!

Section 2: Long Vowels and Diphthongs of American English
Describing Vowels
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Article
Long Vowel /i/ as in beat
Preview
02:50
Long Vowel /e/ as in bait
02:17
Long Vowel /o/ as in boat
03:00
Long Vowel /u/ as in boot
02:38
Diphthong /ɑʊ/ as in cow
01:47
Diphthong /ɑɪ/ as in buy
03:33
Diphthong /ɔɪ/ as in toy
01:36
Section 3: Short Vowels of American English
Short Vowel /ɪ/ as in did
02:17
Short Vowel /ɛ/ as in bed
01:44
Short Vowel /ʊ/ as in book
01:28
Short Vowel /ɔ/ as in taught
02:31
Short Vowel /ɑ/ as in not
01:53
Short Vowel /æ/ as in man
01:51
Short Vowel /ʌ/ or /ə/ as in sun
03:10
Section 4: All Vowels of American English
Vowel Comparisons - Minimal Pairs
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04:05
Homophones - Different Spelling and Meaning, Same Pronunciation
04:17
Adding Suffixes Changes Vowel Sounds
04:08
How to Pronounce -ough
03:23
Which Word Has a Different Vowel Sound? Listening Quiz
06:20
Vowels: Which Word Do You Hear? Listening Quiz
05:40
Vowel Sounds Exercises
Article
Section 5: Stops - Consonants of American English
Describing Consonants
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Article
Bilabial Stops /p/ and /b/
Preview
02:31
Alveolar Stops /t/ and /d/ + Alveolar Flap /ɾ/ + Glottal Stop /ʔ/
06:09
Velar Stops /k/ and /ɡ/
02:15
Section 6: Fricatives - Consonants of American English
Labiodental Fricatives /f/ and /v/ as in fan and van
03:11
Interdental Fricatives /θ/ and /ð/ as in thin and this
03:36
Alveolar Fricatives /s/ and /z/ as in sue and zoo
03:55
Postalveolar Fricatives /ʃ/ and /ʒ/ as in shoe and beige
02:51
Glottal Fricative /h/ as in hot
02:50
Pronunciation of h Multiple Choice Quiz
5 questions
Section 7: Affricates, Glides, and Nasals - Consonants of American English
Postalveolar Affricates /ʧ/ and /ʤ/ and Palatal Glide /j/
05:22
Alveolar glide /ɹ/, alveolar lateral /l/, bilabial glide /w/
04:22
Pronouncing r after a vowel /ɹ/ or /ɚ/
03:19
Pronouncing l after a vowel /ɫ/
02:07
Bilabial Nasals /m/ /n/ /ŋ/ as in sum, sun, and sung
03:25
Section 8: All Consonants of American English
Consonant Clusters at the Beginning of Words
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05:25
Consonant Clusters at the Ends of Words
05:48
Contractions with Be and Have
03:28
Contractions with Had, Would, Will
03:53
Contractions with Not
Preview
03:08
Contractions with Question Words and Verbs
04:12
Consonants: Which Word Do You Hear? Listening Quiz
05:23
Pronunciation of -ed Multiple Choice Quiz
6 questions
Pronunciation of -s/-es Multiple Choice Quiz
6 questions
Section 9: More American English
Long Vowels are Even Longer
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02:02
Commonly Mispronounced Words
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08:07
Homographs - Same Spelling, Different Pronunciation and Meaning
02:33
Two Pronunciations, Same Meaning
03:05
Which Sentence Do You Hear? Listening Quiz
05:49
British vs. American Pronunciation
02:54
Websites to Use to Improve Your Pronunciation
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04:53
Pronunciation Website Links
Article
American English Vocabulary with Audio Files
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Article

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Instructor Biography

Dr. Jennifer Wagner, PhD in Applied Linguistics & Language Teacher

Dr. Jennifer Wagner has a PhD in Applied Linguistics with a focus on the teaching of French as well as a Teaching English as a Second Language certificate. She has been teaching English, French, and linguistics for ten years at high schools and universities in the US, France, and Australia, and helping others learn languages online through her ielanguages website. She also studies several languages simultaneously and loves to travel.

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