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Pronunciation Techniques

Pronunciation techniques and exercises to help improve your English pronunciation. Techniques focus on using the IPA, intonation and stress, connected speech and more.

Pronunciation: Word Stress - Changes in Meaning
When you are speaking English the words you stress can change the underlying meaning a sentence. Even simple sentences can have many levels of meaning based on the word you stress. This feature provides examples and an exercise to help you improve your pronunciation through correct word stress.

ESL Intonation - Stress Types
ESL intonation help with a guide to the four basic types of sentence stress including information about tonic stress and intonation units.

Voiced and Voiceless Consonants
Guide to the basic differences between voiced and voiceless consonants in English pronunciation.

Pronunciation - Silent Letters
A guide to when not to pronounce silent letters in English for English language students and ESL EFL classes.

Word Stress Patterns in English
This page introduces the eight most common word stress patterns in English with listening examples.

Accent Neutralization - Accent Reduction
A look at accent neutralization / reduction which strives to help proficient English speakers speak with a more North American or British accent.

English Pronunciation Exercises - E Diphthongs
The following series of pronunciation exercises combines words beginning with the same diphthong sound followed by similar vowel sounds. Voiced and voiceless consonants are paired by sounds.

English Pronunciation Exercises - O Diphthongs
The following series of pronunciation exercises combines words beginning with the same diphthong sound followed by similar vowel sounds. Voiced and voiceless consonants are paired by sounds.

English Pronunciation Exercises - A Diphthongs
The following series of pronunciation exercises combines words beginning with the same diphthong sound followed by similar di sounds. Voiced and voiceless consonants are paired by sounds.

English Pronunciation Exercises - U Sounding Vowels
The following series of pronunciation exercises combines words beginning with the same consonant sound followed by similar vowel sounds. Voiced and voiceless consonants are paired by sounds.

English Pronunciation Exercises - Long Vowels and Consonants
The following series of pronunciation exercises combines words beginning with the same consonant sound followed by similar vowel sounds. Voiced and voiceless consonants are paired by sounds.

English Pronunciation Exercises - Short Vowels and Consonants
The following series of pronunciation exercises combines words beginning with the same consonant sound followed by similar vowel sounds. Voiced and voiceless consonants are paired by sounds.

English: Stress - Timed Language I
Pre-intermediate to upper intermediate level lesson focusing on improving pronunciation by awareness raising and practice of stress-timing in spoken English.

Vowel Pronunciation Guide
This listening guide gives examples of IPA symbol sounds by using representative words.

Consonant Pronunciation Guide
This listening guide gives examples of IPA symbol sounds by using representative words.

Phonetics: Introduction
An introduction and reference guide to the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). By your About.com ESL guide.

Intonation and Stress: Key to Understanding
This feature takes a look at how intonation and stress influence the way English is spoken. By your About.com ESL guide.

English Pronunciation Practice
Pronunciation Practice focusing on improving your pronunciation through the use of correct intonation and recognizing the stress-timed nature of English

Weak and Strong Forms
Guide to English words which have both weak and strong forms depending on their usage. The weak or strong form use is based on the role of the word in a sentence and English learners should learn the difference.

Understanding English Pronunciation Concepts
In order to improve your pronunciation it's important to learn these basic concepts used when studying English pronunciation.

Rising and Falling Intonation - Pronunciation
Use punctuation to help with pronunciation as well as dictate whether your voice rises or falls. Here's a guide to understanding when to go up in pitch, or go down in pitch.

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