Free video lessons on the American English consonant variations!
In these pronunciation videos, you'll learn how to pronounce the consonant variations of American English including the flap, glottal stop, nasal flap, syllabic consonants, and more! Master the American accent today!
Speak Clear and Fast English: Rule of Three and "Asked"
Learn to speak clear and fast English using reductions and the Rule of Three! In this video, Julie teaches you how to reduce the word "asked" using the Rule of Three. Then you'll practice reductions, linking, and rhythm with Julie at the end.Read More Apr
The Rule of Three
Have you ever wondered why native speakers of American English don't pronounce the "t" in "lastly"? Or in "Christmas"? Or in the phrase "first day"? It's because of the Rule of Three! The Rule of Three happens to other consonants as well, and it occurs both within words and across word boundaries when linking words together. Learn all about the Rule of Three in this video, and practice with me at the end!Read More Feb
Learn the American Accent! Nasal Plosion and the Glottal Stop
If you look at the spelling of the words "eden" and "eaten", you would think their pronunciations would be completely different - but they're very similar! These words are "minimal pairs", which means they differ by one sound only. "Eden" has nasal plosion, and "eaten" has a glottal stop. But other than that, they sound the same! Learn the difference between nasal plosion and the glottal stop in words that are minimal pairs, and then perfect your American accent with word and sentence practice at the end of this video!Read More Jan
Nasal Plosion and a Final T Consonant
This video is for all the advanced English speakers out there!! Let's combine two important (and tricky) pronunciation areas of American English: The T consonant and nasal plosion!Read More Jan
The Nasal Flap in American English
You've heard about the flap, which is in words like "water", "letter", and "video". But that's not the only flap used in American English! Now you need to learn about the nasal flap /ɾ̃/, also known as the Vanishing T, which native speakers use in words like "internet", "twenty", and "wanted".Read More Dec
The Glottal Stop in American English
Glottal Stop. Stop T. Glottal T. All three terms refer to the same sound, and this sound is very common in American English. In this video, you'll learn 4 ways to use the glottal stop in American English! Master the American accent and learn how to use the glottal stop in words like "certain", "oven", and "can't", and when linking words together, like in "let me"!Read More Dec
All About the Flap (aka Flap T)
What's the easiest way to sound more like a native speaker of American English? Use the flap! The flap occurs everywhere in American English, and if you want to sound natural to a native speaker, you must learn how to pronounce it and when to use it! Learn all about the flap in this video, both within words and when linking between words!Read More Dec
How to Pronounce Words with Nasal Plosion
Nasal plosion is an advanced area of American English pronunciation, but if you can use it correctly, you will sound much more natural to a native speaker! Nasal plosion can occur in words that have a final unstressed D + N combination, like in the words "sudden", "widen", and "hidden". The D changes to an unreleased D, the vowel in that syllable is dropped, and the N changes into a syllabic consonant. This sounds confusing, but I promise, it will make sense once you practice with this video!Read More Nov
How to Link Words Using the Stop T
A funny thing happens to the True T sound when it comes at the end of a word. Sometimes it turns into a completely different sound - a Stop T sound. Native speakers may use a Stop T within a word, like in the word "written", or between words to link them together, like in the phrase "Put that down". Improve the rhythm of your spoken English and learn the rules for using a Stop T sound to link words together in this video!Read More Sep
How to Pronounce Syllabic Consonants
Have you been told this before: "If you count the number of vowels in a word in American English, then you'll know the number of syllables in that word"? That's not entirely true! Sometimes syllables have no vowels - only consonants! The N, M, L, and R consonants can become syllabic consonants, which means they take the place of the vowel in that syllable. Learn how to pronounce these syllabic consonants in this video!Read More