Master American English Pronunciation with Vowel Power®
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Master American English Pronunciation with Vowel Power®

Learn to speak American English like a native speaker with this breakthrough system.
4.0 (18 ratings)
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1,311 students enrolled
Created by Liam Quirk
Last updated 12/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Be better understood by native speakers
  • Pronounce English with confidence
  • Communicate more professionally
  • Understand more spoken English
  • Reduce or eliminate your accent
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Requirements
  • Students should have some way of recording themselves--either on their phone, with a recorder, or online.
Description

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.

What you will learn:

  • How to correctly pronounce the 11 American vowel sounds.
  • How to identify and correctly pronounce dipthongs (2 vowels together).
  • How to identify the vowels Americans actually use--not what the spelling is!
  • How to hear and use the rhythm and pacing of American English.

How you will learn:

  • Videos are text-based, which means you can read along, and then close your eyes to review and practice. This will quickly develop your ear for the sounds and rhythm of American English.
  • Key lessons are repeated in different ways, helping you to learn quickly.
  • Go at your own pace. Pronunciation drills are used throughout the course, and you move forward quickly as you master each new lesson.


Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for intermediate to advanced learners of English. Ambitious beginners will also benefit.
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Curriculum For This Course
29 Lectures
01:36:38
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A Very Special Welcome
1 Lecture 05:00

Liam Quirk welcomes students to this class and points out that they are each the only student in the class. This video helps create the right mindset and attitude for being successful in the Vowel Power course.

Preview 05:00
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Why Focus on Vowels? To be understood!
3 Lectures 08:15

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.

Preview 03:15

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.

Preview 05:00

Have some questions about Vowel Power? This FAQ should answer them!

Preview 2 pages
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The 11 American English Vowel Sounds
13 Lectures 37:38

Use this audio mp3 file to practice! Download, listen, and learn.

The 11 American English Vowel Sounds
02:37

This lectures addresses spelling, correct mouth and tongue positions for each vowel sounds, and introduces vowel sound pairs.

Overview Lessons on the 11 American English Vowel Sounds
04:18

This lesson is on the first of the American English vowel sounds: [ih].

Individual Focus: Vowel Sound #1
05:00

This lecture focuses on [ee], the 2nd vowel sound in Vowel Power.

Individual Focus: Vowel Sound #2
05:00

This lecture focuses on [A], the 3rd vowel sound in Vowel Power.

Individual Focus: Vowel Sound #3
01:55

This lecture focuses on [oh], the 4th vowel sound in Vowel Power.

Individual Focus: Vowel Sound #4
01:43

This lecture focuses on [oo], the 5th vowel sound in Vowel Power.

Individual Focus: Vowel Sound #5
02:20

This lecture focuses on [uh], the 6th vowel sound in Vowel Power.

Individual Focus: Vowel Sound #6
05:00

This lecture focuses on [ah], the 7th vowel sound in Vowel Power.

Individual Focus: Vowel Sound #7
02:20

This lecture focuses on [O], the 8th vowel sound in Vowel Power.

Individual Focus: Vowel Sound #8
02:20

This lecture focuses on [eh], the 9th vowel sound in Vowel Power.

Individual Focus: Vowel Sound #9
01:30

This lecture focuses on [I], the 10th vowel sound in Vowel Power.

Individual Focus: Vowel Sound #10
01:50

This lecture focuses on [aa], the 11th vowel sound in Vowel Power.

Individual Focus: Vowel Sound #11
01:45
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Vowel Sound Pairs and 3-Word Practice Sentences
2 Lectures 07:40

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.

Vowel Sound Pairs
02:40

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.

3-Word Practice Sentences
05:00
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Word Quiz!
3 Lectures 07:28

This quiz will show you how much you have learned, and what you need to review.

Word Quiz
03:00

Here are the answers to the Word Quiz. Hope you did well!

Word Quiz Answers
02:53

This is a quick lesson on why we should practice excellence when learning these vowel sounds.

Excellence
01:35
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Special Considerations
1 Lecture 07:32

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.

Diphthongs, Glottal Stops, W, Y, R
07:32
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Progress Quiz
2 Lectures 04:43

We return to the assessment quiz you took at the beginning of the course, but now we add more to it.

Assessment Quiz Revisited
03:17

Here are the answers to the the new Assessment Quiz. I hope you did well!

Assessment Quiz Revisited Answers
01:26
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Rhythm and Pacing
1 Lecture 05:20

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.

Rhythm and Pacing
05:20
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Short Passage Assessment (Quiz)
2 Lectures 06:02

This quiz tests you on all 11 American English vowel sounds, and it can also be used for practicing your rhythm and pacing.

Short Passage Assessment (Quiz)
03:20

Here are the answers to the Short Passage Quiz. I hope you did extremely well!

Short Passage Assessment (Quiz) Answers
02:42
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Next Steps
1 Lecture 05:00

Thank you so much! This lecture outlines some next steps for you.

Next Steps
05:00
About the Instructor
Liam Quirk
4.0 Average rating
18 Reviews
1,311 Students
1 Course
American English Pronunciation Instructor

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.