American English Vowels Pronunciation Practice
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American English Vowels Pronunciation Practice

Learn & practice the pronunciation of 16 American English vowel sounds to make yourself better understood.
4.8 (35 ratings)
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Last updated 12/2017
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Know the correct American English pronunciation of the short and long vowel sounds A, E, I, O, and U,
  • Know the correct American English pronunciation of Diphthongs OW, OI, and YU
  • Know the correct American English pronunciation of vowel blends AWE, AH, & ER
  • Understand how to set their tongue, lips, and/or mouth for this American English Pronunciation.
Requirements
  • Students should be able to speak and understand a basic level of English and understand written English.
Description

Welcome to the American English Pronunciation Practice - Vowel Sounds Course. In this course, you will learn the pronunciation of the 16 most common vowel sounds in American English. Understanding and practicing the pronunciation these sounds will help you improve your English and make yourself better understood. 

This course will help you make Your American English pronunciation sound more clear and natural.

  • Learn how to shape your mouth to pronounce these English sounds.
  • Recognize the difference between tricky sounds like: 
    • cap vs. cop vs. cup
    • bit vs. bet vs. bat
    • rest vs. raced
    • beat vs. bit, and more!
  • Get structured practice speaking these sounds. 
  • Make yourself understood in English conversations
  • Gain confidence in your American English pronunciation.

Improve Your English Pronunciation.

The vowel sounds in American English are quite different from the vowel sounds in other languages. Perhaps your native language doesn’t have the [ər] sound as in bird and earth, or the [i] sound as in hit or kiss.  Maybe you’ve wondered how American English speakers move their mouth, lips, and tongue to pronounce the vowel sounds in English. Well, you will learn all about how to correctly move your mouth for American English vowel pronunciation, which will result in reducing your non-English accent.

For each of the vowel sounds, you will first learn how to shape your mouth. You’ll see a short video clip during the lecture that demonstrates how to make the sound. Then, you’ll practice the pronunciation of the basic sound itself, then words using the sound in various positions, and finally sentences and phrases that have words using those vowel sounds. Then there exercises contrasting the various vowel sounds taught in the first part of the course.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is for English learners who want to improve their American English pronunciation
  • This course is for students of all ages from middle school through adults.
  • Business professionals, students, new immigrants, and anyone else who needs to make themselves understood in English can benefit from this course.
  • This course is best for English learners and speakers at the intermediate to advanced level.
  • This course is good for those English learners who have at least a basic level of English fluency.
  • This course is not for native English speakers.
  • This course is not for complete beginner level English learners.
  • This course is not designed for children in elementary school or younger.
Course content
Expand all 36 lectures 02:16:56
+ American English Pronunciation Practice - Short & Long Vowels
15 lectures 53:39
In this lecture, we’re going to review Short A and Long A (added 11/09/2017)
01:38
In this lecture, we’re going to look at the short E sound, like jet & set.
04:18
In this lecture, we’re going to look at the long E sound, like heat & seat.
04:30
In this lecture, we’re going to review Short E and Long E (added 11/09/2017)
02:10
In this lecture, we’re going to look at the short I sound, like hit & sit.
04:21
In this lecture, we’re going to look at the long I sound, like buy & try.
04:29
In this lecture, we’re going to look at the short O sound, like book & took.
04:29
In this lecture, we’re going to look at the long O sound, like boat & moat.
04:29
In this lecture, we’re going to review Short O and Long O (added 11/10/2017)
01:53
In this lecture, we’re going to look at the short U sound, like cut & gut.
04:19
In this lecture, we’re going to look at the long U sound, like loop & food.
04:20
In this lecture, we’re going to review Short U and Long U (added 11/10/2017)
01:40
+ American English Pronunciation Practice - Diphthongs and Vowel Blends
6 lectures 28:40
In this lecture, we’re going to look at the diphthong OY sound, like boy & toy.
04:43
In this lecture, we’re going to look at the dipthong YU sound, like blue & you.
04:49
In this lecture, we’re going to look at the AWE sound, like claw and saw.
04:57
In this lecture, we’re going to look at the AH sound, like box and fox.
04:17
In this lecture, we’re going to look at the ER [ər] sound, like bird & word.
04:59
+ American English Pronunciation Practice - Short & Long Vowel Contrasts
7 lectures 27:25
In this lecture, we’re going to contrast short A with short U, like cap & cup.
03:55
In this lecture, we’re going to contrast short A with short E, like bat & bet.
03:55
In this lecture, we’re going to contrast short A with AH, like cap & cop.
03:55
In this lecture, we’re going to contrast long A with short E, like raced & rest.
03:55
In this lecture, we’re going to contrast short E with short I, like bet & bit.
03:55
In this lecture, we’re going to contrast short E with short U, like bet & but.
03:55
In this lecture, we’re going to contrast long E with short I, like beat & bit
03:55
+ American English Pronunciation Practice - Vowel, Diphthong, and Blend Contrasts
5 lectures 19:35
In this lecture, we’re going to contrast long O with AH, like hope & hop.
03:55
In this lecture, we’re going to contrast long O with AWE, like low & law.
03:55
In this lecture, we’re going to contrast short U with AH, like cup & cop.
03:55
In this lecture, we’re going to contrast short U with long U, like full & fool.
03:55
In this lecture, we’re going to contrast AWE with ER, like lawn & learn.
03:55
+ Closing lecture
2 lectures 05:07
Here is the closing lecture, PDF Study Guide, & Mp3s (added 10/26/17)
00:32
Bonus Lecture #1 (added 12/7/2017) Contrasting cap (æ), cup (ʌ), and cop (ɑ)
04:35