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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.
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|Section 1: Introduction|
Learn about the structure of this course and the experience of your instructor, Dr. Jennie Wagner
International Phonetic Alphabet and Phonetic TermsPreview
Learn what letters are silent in certain words - what NOT to pronounce!
|Section 2: Long Vowels and Diphthongs of American English|
Long Vowel /i/ as in beatPreview
Long Vowel /e/ as in bait
Long Vowel /o/ as in boat
Long Vowel /u/ as in boot
Diphthong /ɑʊ/ as in cow
Diphthong /ɑɪ/ as in buy
Diphthong /ɔɪ/ as in toy
|Section 3: Short Vowels of American English|
Short Vowel /ɪ/ as in did
Short Vowel /ɛ/ as in bed
Short Vowel /ʊ/ as in book
Short Vowel /ɔ/ as in taught
Short Vowel /ɑ/ as in not
Short Vowel /æ/ as in man
Short Vowel /ʌ/ or /ə/ as in sun
|Section 4: All Vowels of American English|
Vowel Comparisons - Minimal PairsPreview
Homophones - Different Spelling and Meaning, Same Pronunciation
Adding Suffixes Changes Vowel Sounds
How to Pronounce -ough
Which Word Has a Different Vowel Sound? Listening Quiz
Vowels: Which Word Do You Hear? Listening Quiz
Vowel Sounds Exercises
|Section 5: Stops - Consonants of American English|
Bilabial Stops /p/ and /b/Preview
Alveolar Stops /t/ and /d/ + Alveolar Flap /ɾ/ + Glottal Stop /ʔ/
Velar Stops /k/ and /ɡ/
|Section 6: Fricatives - Consonants of American English|
Labiodental Fricatives /f/ and /v/ as in fan and van
Interdental Fricatives /θ/ and /ð/ as in thin and this
Alveolar Fricatives /s/ and /z/ as in sue and zoo
Postalveolar Fricatives /ʃ/ and /ʒ/ as in shoe and beige
Glottal Fricative /h/ as in hot
Pronunciation of h Multiple Choice Quiz
|Section 7: Affricates, Glides, and Nasals - Consonants of American English|
Postalveolar Affricates /ʧ/ and /ʤ/ and Palatal Glide /j/
Alveolar glide /ɹ/, alveolar lateral /l/, bilabial glide /w/
Pronouncing r after a vowel /ɹ/ or /ɚ/
Pronouncing l after a vowel /ɫ/
Bilabial Nasals /m/ /n/ /ŋ/ as in sum, sun, and sung
|Section 8: All Consonants of American English|
Consonant Clusters at the Beginning of WordsPreview
Consonant Clusters at the Ends of Words
Contractions with Be and Have
Contractions with Had, Would, Will
Contractions with NotPreview
Contractions with Question Words and Verbs
Consonants: Which Word Do You Hear? Listening Quiz
Pronunciation of -ed Multiple Choice Quiz
Pronunciation of -s/-es Multiple Choice Quiz
|Section 9: More American English|
Long Vowels are Even LongerPreview
Commonly Mispronounced WordsPreview
Homographs - Same Spelling, Different Pronunciation and Meaning
Two Pronunciations, Same Meaning
Which Sentence Do You Hear? Listening Quiz
British vs. American Pronunciation
Websites to Use to Improve Your PronunciationPreview
Pronunciation Website Links
American English Vocabulary with Audio FilesPreview
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.