In this American English pronunciation course, specifically designed to meet the needs of speakers from India, learn to accurately produce the American vowels which Indian speakers of English often confuse. These tricky vowels include learning to distinguish between "peek" and "pick" and between "look" and "Luke." Also learn to distinguish between "bone and "born" and many other troublesome pairs. Computer professionals can learn to reduce or minimize their accents in an IT vocabulary context.
Congratulations for taking this important step in perfecting your English pronunciation! I have been helping Indian It professionals for quite some time, so I know what kinds of pronunciation errors Indians make. Learn all those errors and how to correct them in this course. Go through the course one video at a time. Pause and rewind as much as you need to in order to internalize the information. Download the written lesson for each video to help organize the information visually.
Learn how to distinguish between voiced and voiceless consonants and how the preceding vowel changes to influence the voicing of the consonant.
Make sure you understand the difference between voiced and voiceless consonants and how they are influenced by their preceding vowels.
Learn what all the front vowels have in common and how to distinguish between each one. Learn how tongue / jaw height and tongue / cheek tension help distinguish between the front vowels: Long E, Short I, Long A, Short E and Short A.
Make sure you understand which vowels are high and low and which are tense and relaxed, as well as what it means to be a front vowel.
Learn to distinguish Long E and Short I based on tongue placement and tenseness.
Make sure you understand the physical differences between Long E and Short I.
Learn to make a full Long A and the end of a word. Then learn to distinguish between Long A and Short E.
Make sure you know how to produce the Long A and distinguish it from the Short E.
Here, you will learn to remove your British habit of making Short O instead of Short A. Short A is very American!
Make sure you know how and when to use the Short A instead of the Short O.
Learn how to produce and distinguish between ER, Short U and Short O.
Make sure you understand how and when to produce the three central vowels.
Learn how to produce ER and how to recognize a variety of spellings for ER.
Make sure you know how to produce ER and recognize its disguise in different spellings.
Learn to identify Short U sounds. Learn to identify how the form or part of speech of a word can change the vowel sound to Short U.
Learn to identify Short U sounds and distinguish them from other "O" spellings.
Learn the difference between the four back vowels: Long U, Short Back U, Long O and Short Back O.
Make sure you understand the similarities and differences between the four different back vowels.
Learn to distinguish between Short Back U and Long U.
Make sure you understand the difference between Long U and Short Back U.
Learn how to distinguish the Long O+R from other sounds and how to make the Long O very clear.
Make sure you know how to make the Long O+R and distinguish it from other vowel+R sounds.
Learn how to make Long I, OI, and Long OU and differentiate them before voiced and voiceless consonants.
Make sure you know how to produce all the moving vowels and vary them before different types of consonants or at the end of a word.
Sheila has been coaching accent reduction for over 15 years. She holds a master's degree in teaching ESL from the University of Illinois and is the owner of Smooth English. She lives in Silicon Valley where she teaches private English lessons in person or on Skype. Most of her students are IT professionals in Silicon Valley. She has always had a love for the sound of English and values great diction in speakers.