English Pronunciation I: Consonant Sounds

Learn how to pronounce the [Th], [S], [Z], [F], [V], and [P] English consonant sounds. No more pronunciation mistakes!
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About This Course

Published 7/2013 English

Course Description

This simple Pronunciation course will help you understand differences in how to pronounce six common English consonant sounds. By the end of the course, you will know how to hear, speak, and understand the pronunciation of the:

  1. [Th] sound
  2. [S] sound
  3. [Z] sound
  4. [F] sound
  5. [V] sound
  6. [P] sound


Most of the course consists of short, simple videos of Shawn Roe, an experienced ESL instructor, explaining how to pronounce each English consonant sound, and giving examples of words and short phrases that use each sound. Students can follow along and practice speaking the way Shawn describes. Students are also encouraged to repeat after Shawn while watching the videos.


One great thing about taking this course, that it's available to the student everywhere there's an internet connection... forever. Watch and rewatch the videos. Pause the videos in the middle. Practice repeating how to pronounce different words and phrases, and watch how your English pronunciation improves!

After watching and practicing along with the videos, students should notice a difference in their ability to pronounce these 6 common English consonant sounds.

Instructor Feedback

Shawn will be active in the course answering student questions as they arise. If enough students participate, Shawn also plans to make himself available for several live sessions giving students a chance to practice their pronunciation and receive immediate feedback from a native-speaking American English ESL instructor.


Take this course to gain confidence in your ability to speak English! Improve your pronunciation and simply speak English better.

What are the requirements?

  • Basic understanding of English

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of the course, you will be able to correctly hear and speak the difference between the [Th] and [S] sound.
  • ... hear and speak the difference between the [S] and [Z] sound
  • ... hear and speak the difference between the [F] and [V] sound
  • ... hear and speak the difference between the [F] and [P] sound
  • And learn a few vocabulary words and phrases as well.

Who is the target audience?

  • ESL students
  • English learners
  • Non-native English speakers
  • Students of all ages

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to Pronunciation
What's the course about? What will you learn? Who is your teacher? This video explains it all.
4 questions
This is simply a practice quiz so you can learn how the Quizzes work in this course. Just have fun answering the questions.

It's not important if you get the answers to this Practice quiz correct. But, if you watched and understood the About this Course video, then you should have no problem answering all of the questions correctly.

Good luck!

Just for FUN!

Don't make the same pronunciation mistakes as this guy! Watch this funny commercial showing how bad English pronunciation can cause problems.

      • This video shows the difference between the [Th] and [S] sounds in English. Maybe if the German man had taken my Pronunciation course, he wouldn't have made the same mistake.

Why is Pronunciation Important?
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Section 2: American English [Th], [S], and [Z] Sounds: Consonant Pronunciation - Part 1
1 page

Read the simple descriptions of how to pronounce the [Th] and [S] sound. Practice pronouncing the vocabulary words that use each of the sounds. Then practice reading the example sentences and short phrases at the bottom.

The more you practice speaking, the better your pronunciation can become. Use this lesson combined with the video lesson to improve your pronunciation.

Watch the video lesson next to hear and see how to pronounce these sounds correctly.

Listen and practice the difference between the [Th] and [S] sound.

Repeat after me as many times as you need to improve your English pronunciation of these difficult consonant sounds.

1 page
Read these explanations to help you better understand how to pronounce the [S] and [Z] sounds.

Practice reading the vocabulary words to improve your pronunciation.

Pay careful attention to the pronunciation in the example sentences at the bottom. Some of the 's' letters are pronounced with the [Z] sound!

Watch the video lesson next to hear how to pronounce both sounds correctly.


Improve your English pronunciation. How to pronounce the difference between the English [S] and [Z] sound.

3 questions
Do you understand the differences among the pronunciation of the English [Th], [S] and [Z] sounds? Let's test your understanding.

Hint: You can make the sounds while you're taking the quiz to check the right answer.

Section 3: American English [F], [V], and [P] Sounds: Consonant Pronunciation - Part 2
1 page
Notice the difference in pronunciation of the [F] and [V] sound. The mouth shape is the same, but the sound is slightly different.

Practice pronouncing the different vocabulary words. Read the first [F] word aloud, then read the first [V] word. Make sure you pronounce the consonant sound differently. Notice how many of the words sound very similar.

Watch the video lesson next to hear the difference between these two English consonant sounds.


How to pronounce the difference between the English [F] and [V] sound.

This is the third video in the course Pronunciation 1: Difficult Consonant Sounds.

1 page
Learn how to pronounce the difference between the [F] and [P] sound in English.

Read the vocabulary words aloud. Listen to yourself reading them and see if you can notice the difference between the two consonant sounds.

Watch the video lesson to see and hear the difference between the two sounds.

This video explains the difference between the English [F] and [P] sound. You will learn how to pronounce each consonant sound, and practice vocabulary words and a few phrases for each.
3 questions
How well do you understand the pronunciation of these three English consonant sounds? Let's test your understanding.

Hint: You can make the sounds to check the shape of your mouth while taking the quiz.

Section 4: Consonant Pronunciation Review
1 page
Review of how to pronounce the consonant sounds, along with example pronunciation word pairs that you can use to practice the difference in pronunciation.
A review of how to pronounce all 6 English consonant sounds.

Repeat after me, and see if you can hear AND correctly speak the difficult pronunciation pairs of words. This is a fun review. Have fun and repeat after me a lot!

Section 5: Bonus Lessons

Three ways to pronounce the [T] Sound in American English: hard, soft and unfinished. See if you can hear the difference between the ways the [T] Sound is pronounced at the beginning, middle and end of words. Repeat after me to practice on your own!


Here are many examples of the [R] sound in American pronunciation at the beginning, middle and end of words. Practice repeating after me to perfect your pronunciation of the sometimes tricky [R] sound.

Pay attention to the shape of your mouth. Are the corners of your mouth closer together when you pronounce the [R] sound?


Thank you all for signing up for my short pronunciation course on difficult consonant sounds. Here is a bonus pronuciation lesson for you. The difference between 'man' and 'men', and 'woman' and 'women'. Hope it helps!

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Instructor Biography

Shawn Roe, Head Instructor at SimpleBetterEnglish.com

Shawn Roe has been teaching English as a Second Language since 2006. He has taught students from all over the world including Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Turkey, Switzerland, and Iran. His students range from elementary level to university professors.

Shawn has also taught English at university for 3 years, including at Chonnam National University in Gwangju, South Korea. He has a BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia. He is working on his MA in Digital Media and Instructional Design from the Extension School at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.

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