Nothing is more frustrating than not being understood! You know the words, you've studied the grammar, but people still can't understand you. Why? Your vowel sounds. Vowel sounds are the breath and soul of a language, and if you don't get them right, you will not be understood. It's that simple.
But once you master the American vowel sounds, your English will skyrocket! People will understand you more, your confidence will increase, and -- surprisingly -- you will also understand other people much better. Your ability to make the correct sounds will greatly improve your ability to hear them when others speak.
This course is designed for intermediate and advanced learners of English, but an ambitious beginner will also greatly benefit and get started on the right foot. Sound and meaning are integrated in a language, so it is extremely important to get your pronunciation right. Let Vowel Power® show you how.
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Everyone knows that pronouncing your words correctly makes it easier for others to understand you, but did you know that proper pronunciation also improves your comprehension? There are many other reasons to focus on vowels when learning English, and this lesson explains them.
This Assessment Quiz will give you a starting point, or benchmark, for you to measure your progress later in the course. It will also introduce you to some of the American English vowel sounds and the Vowel Power notation for them.
Use this audio mp3 file to practice! Download, listen, and learn.
This lectures addresses spelling, correct mouth and tongue positions for each vowel sounds, and introduces vowel sound pairs.
This lesson is on the first of the American English vowel sounds: [ih].
This lecture focuses on [ee], the 2nd vowel sound in Vowel Power.
This lecture focuses on [A], the 3rd vowel sound in Vowel Power.
This lecture focuses on [oh], the 4th vowel sound in Vowel Power.
This lecture focuses on [oo], the 5th vowel sound in Vowel Power.
This lecture focuses on [uh], the 6th vowel sound in Vowel Power.
This lecture focuses on [ah], the 7th vowel sound in Vowel Power.
This lecture focuses on [O], the 8th vowel sound in Vowel Power.
This lecture focuses on [eh], the 9th vowel sound in Vowel Power.
This lecture focuses on [I], the 10th vowel sound in Vowel Power.
This lecture focuses on [aa], the 11th vowel sound in Vowel Power.
This lecture pairs the vowel sounds together to make them easier to pronounce and practice--as well as to better hear the differences between them. There is also one triplet of sounds presented to help you better understand diphthongs.
These 3-word sentences help you practice the vowel sounds with different consonants. This is very useful to train your ear to recognize the vowel sounds in different words.
This quiz will show you how much you have learned, and what you need to review.
Here are the answers to the Word Quiz. Hope you did well!
This is a quick lesson on why we should practice excellence when learning these vowel sounds.
Diphthongs are an important part of English. This lecture teaches you why dipthongs matter and how to recognize them. You will also learn about special cases in English vowel sounds (W & Y), as well as understand the special case of R in American English.
We return to the assessment quiz you took at the beginning of the course, but now we add more to it.
Here are the answers to the the new Assessment Quiz. I hope you did well!
This is an important lesson for mastering spoken American English. Spend a lot of time working on this so that you can accelerate your learning.
This quiz tests you on all 11 American English vowel sounds, and it can also be used for practicing your rhythm and pacing.
Here are the answers to the Short Passage Quiz. I hope you did extremely well!
Thank you so much! This lecture outlines some next steps for you.
With over 30 years experience teaching ESL to students from around the world, I developed a system, a course, for teaching the pronunciation of American English. Tested on students from China, Italy, France, Spain, Russia, Ukraine and more, this system works. I currently teach English at Rider University in New Jersey, and in the summer I teach ESL to international students. An avid language learner, I long ago understood the connections between pronunciation, comprehension, confidence and speaking fluency, and this course reflects that.