Master the pronunciation of difficult words in American English!

 

English is not a phonetic language, which means that the spelling does not match the pronunciation. This can be super frustrating for non-native English speakers. Here you'll learn how to pronounce some of the most difficult words in American English, with step-by-step instructions and close-ups of each of the sounds.

 

Mar
18
2022

Speak FAST English with my #1 FREE Practice Tool!

In this video, Julie shows you her #1 best practice tool that can help you master American English rhythm, speed, and fluency - and the best part is it's FREE! Practice with Julie and master the American accent and English pronunciation in this video!

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Nov
15
2021

Top 10 Reductions of the Word "Have"

Get ready to learn the nitty gritty details about English rhythm and word reductions, and sound more like a native speaker! This video will teach you the advanced pronunciations of the top 10 most common phrases in American English that use the word "have": could have, should have, would have, might have, must have, couldn't have, shouldn't have, wouldn't have, mustn't have, might not have.

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Sep
27
2021

Difficult Reductions in English

Learn how to speak clear and fast English in this short video! Julie teaches you how to pronounce the common English reductions of the phrases: ask her, ask him, I asked her, I asked him.

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Sep
20
2021

How to Pronounce Difficult Words in American English [Part 22!]

Perfect your American English and learn to pronounce challenging English words in this video - and all pronunciations are shown up close and in slow motion. Plus, learn about linking with the Stop T and Flap T, and learn how the word "have" changes when it's in the phrase "have to"!

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Sep
13
2021

How to Pronounce Difficult Minimal Pairs - EH /ɛ/ vs. AA /æ/

In this video, Julie shows you how to pronounce two of the most challenging vowels in American English: the EH /ɛ/ "red" and the AA /æ/ "rad" vowels. Perfect your English pronunciation as you practice these minimal pairs: End/And (stressed), Beck/Back, Ken/Can, Bed/Bad, Beg/Bag/Bug, Ed/Add, Ekt (not a real word)/Act, Esk (not a real word)/Ask.

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Sep
08
2021

How to Pronounce Difficult Minimal Pairs - Student Request [Part 21]

Practice the ER vowels /ɝ, ɚ/, linking with the flap /ɾ/, the nasal flap, vowel reductions, and much more in the following words: Words, what else, drawing, action, good afternoon, preventive, audit, operations, apparatus. You'll see me pronounce each word at my regular pace, at a slower pace, and then up close and in slow motion!

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Sep
06
2021

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.

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Sep
06
2021

How to Pronounce Difficult Minimal Pairs - Student Request [Part 20]

Nearly all of my accent clients ask for help with pronouncing the American R sound, and they've requested help with the words in this video. What about you? How well can you pronounce the R-colored vowels in these words? Appear, stairs, alarm, car. In this short video, see each word as I pronounce it at my normal pace, at a slower pace, and then up close and in slow motion!

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Sep
03
2021

How to Pronounce Difficult Minimal Pairs - Student Request [Part 19]

This list of words targets many important areas of pronunciation - the Dark L, the AR vowel + Stop T, the ER vowel, the final J sound, and the tricky "aw" spelling in the word "jaw"! Channel, partner, negotiations, challenge, jaw. In this short video, see each word as I pronounce it at my normal pace, at a slower pace, and then up close and in slow motion!

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Aug
30
2021

How to Pronounce Difficult Minimal Pairs - AH /ɑ/ vs. UH /ʌ/ [Part 18]

How well can you pronounce the AH /ɑ/ and UH /ʌ/ vowels in these word pairs? Mosh/mush, socks/sucks, bog/bug, pox/pucks, Ron/run. In this short video, see each word as I pronounce it at my normal pace, at a slower pace, and then up close and in slow motion!

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Aug
23
2021

How to Pronounce Difficult Minimal Pairs - AH /ɑ/ vs. UH /ʌ/ [Student Request Part 17]

How well can you pronounce the AH /ɑ/ and UH /ʌ/ vowels in these word pairs? Don/done, knot/nut, flocks/flux, talk/tuck, and pawn/pun. In this short video, see each word as I pronounce it at my normal pace, at a slower pace, and then up close and in slow motion!

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Aug
16
2021

How to Pronounce Difficult Words in American English - [Student Request Part 16]

More difficult words as requested by my private accent clients! How well can you pronounce these words in American English? Monetization, horizontally, Israel, and parallel. In this short video, see each word as I pronounce it at my normal pace, at a slower pace, and then up close and in slow motion!

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Aug
09
2021

How to Pronounce Difficult Words in American English - [Student Request Part 15]

Listen for vowel reductions, vowel syncope (when a syllable is deleted completely), and the Light L vs. the Dark L! Colloquial, residue, averaging, and Spanish. In this short video, see each word as I pronounce it at my normal pace, at a slower pace, and then up close and in slow motion!

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Jul
26
2021

How to Pronounce Difficult Words in American English - Minimal Pairs [Student Request Part 14]

Let's practice some minimal pairs in American English! Get tons of practice with these two front vowels: AA /æ/, like in "bad", and EH /ɛ/, like in "bed". Can you pronounce: pressure vs. pleasure; laughed vs. left; sand vs. send; bad vs. bed; and bland vs. blend? No frills, no lengthy explanations - just the pronunciation!

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Jul
19
2021

Linking with the Contraction "I'd"

Learn how to link two consonants together using the contraction "I'd". The final /d/ in "I'd" usually turns into an unreleased D consonant, which can be super challenging for non native speakers to pronounce. This video is jam-packed with examples shown close up and in slow motion, analysis of the final D consonant in a waveform, and practice sentences at the end!

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Jul
12
2021

How to Pronounce Difficult Words in American English - Advanced English [Student Request Part 13]

Get ready to expand your English vocabulary! Learn to pronounce: barbaric, weir, momentum, and parameter. No frills, no extra explanations, just the pronunciation!

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Jul
05
2021

How to Pronounce Difficult Words in American English - Advanced English [Student Request Part 12]

Get ready to expand your English vocabulary. Here are some very advanced words in American English! Learn to pronounce: nonchalant, ignominious, Worcestershire, truculent, and surfeit. No frills, no extra explanations, just the pronunciation!

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Jun
28
2021

How to Pronounce Difficult Words in American English [Student Request Part 11]

This video is from another student request, and it includes lots of "big" words in American English! If you want to expand your English vocabulary, watch this video! Can you pronounce these words in American English? Pettiness, camaraderie, interchangeable, plateau, and echelon. No frills, no boring instructions, just the pronunciation - at regular pace, slow pace, and up close and in slow motion. Speak like a native with this video!

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Jun
21
2021

How to Pronounce Difficult Words in American English [Student Request Part 10]

This is the next video in the "Difficult Words in American English" series, as requested by my accent clients. Can you pronounce these words in American English? Poorer (adjective), attributed (verb), and interesting (adjective - 3 pronunciations!) In this short video, you'll see each word pronounced up close and in slow motion. No frills, no lengthy explanations - just the pronunciation!

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Jun
07
2021

How to Pronounce Difficult Words in American English - Dark L [Student Request Part 9]

This is the next video in the "Difficult Words in American English" series, as requested by my accent clients. Can you pronounce these words in American English? Model (noun, verb); bundle (noun, verb); curious (adjective); wildlife (noun). In this short video, you'll see each word pronounced up close and in slow motion. No frills, no lengthy explanations - just the pronunciation!

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May
31
2021

How to Pronounce Difficult Words in American English [Student Request Part 8]

This is the next video in the "Difficult Words in American English" series, as requested by my accent clients. Can you pronounce these words in American English? Theoretical (adjective); environmental (adjective); familiar (adjective, noun); and clothes (noun). In this short video, you'll see each word pronounced up close and in slow motion. No frills, no lengthy explanations - just the pronunciation!

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May
17
2021

How to Pronounce Difficult Words in American English [Student Request Part 7!]

How well can you pronounce these tricky words in American English? follow (verb), croissant (noun), outrageous (adjective), month vs. months (noun). No frills, no boring instructions, just the pronunciation - at regular pace, slow pace, and up close and in slow motion. Speak like a native with this video!

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May
10
2021

How to Pronounce Difficult Words in American English [Student Request Part 6!]

How well can you pronounce these tricky words in American English? pier (noun) co-coordinator (noun) vacation (noun, verb) girl (noun) No frills, no boring instructions, just the pronunciation - at regular pace, slow pace, and up close and in slow motion. Speak like a native with this video!

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May
03
2021

How to Pronounce Difficult Words in American English [Student Request Part 5!]

How well can you pronounce these tricky words in American English? Considered, Can vs. can’t ("Can't" has two pronunciations - one with a True T and one with a Stop T. The Stop T pronunciation is very common with native speakers!), Adulation, and Degenerative. No frills, no boring instructions, just the pronunciation - at regular pace, slow pace, and up close and in slow motion (with sound!) Speak like a native with this video!

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Apr
26
2021

How to Pronounce Difficult Words in American English [Student Request Part 4!]

Can you pronounce these words in American English? Deity (noun), Leisure (noun), Leave vs. Live (verb/adjective), and Collateral (noun/adjective) In this short video, you'll see each word pronounced up close and in slow motion. No frills, no lengthy explanations - just the pronunciation!

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Apr
19
2021

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!

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Apr
12
2021

How to Pronounce Difficult Words in American English: Student Request Part 3

Another student request! How well can you pronounce these words in American English? Conscience, ubiquitous, realm, and moderate (this word has 2 pronunciations: it's a noun/adjective and a verb). No frills, no boring instructions, just the pronunciation - at regular pace, slow pace, and up close and in slow motion (with sound!) Speak like a native with this video!

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Mar
29
2021

How to Pronounce 12 Difficult Words in American English [Another Student Request]

This video comes from another student request! How well can you pronounce these words in American English? Vulnerability, exposure, uncertainty, engineer, engineering, literal, literature, the Netherlands, maintenance, scenario, sixth, sixth day. No frills, no boring instructions, just the pronunciation - at regular pace, slow pace, and up close and in slow motion (with sound!) Speak like a native with this video!

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Mar
22
2021

American accent: How to pronounce 10 Difficult Words in American English [Student Request]

This video comes from a student request! Can you pronounce these 10 words in American English? Cumbersome, continuous, colonel, tired, taught, through, dropped, bud, suds, fifth (2 pronunciations). Hear the pronunciation at my regular speed, and then see each word up close and in slow motion (with sound!) so you can see the pronunciation in detail. No frills, no long explanations - just the actual pronunciation!

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Jan
11
2021

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!

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Dec
14
2020

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!

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Nov
16
2020

How to Pronounce Usual and Usually

"Usual" and "usually" are great examples of how vowel syncope and syllable reductions can impact pronunciation! You might be surprised to learn that there are TWO ways to pronounce "usual", and THREE ways to pronounce "usually" - watch the video to learn which pronunciations are the most common, and see all pronunciations up close and in slow motion!

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Oct
26
2020

How to Pronounce Or, War, East, and Yeast

"Or/war" and "east/yeast" sound so similar - and they look similar when someone pronounces them. How can you tell the difference within these word pairs? There is one key difference between these words, and it happens so quickly in conversational speech that you might miss it. Perfect your American accent AND your listening skills with this video!

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Oct
19
2020

How to Pronounce Been, Bean, and Being

Been, bean, and being sound so similar, and they look similar when someone pronounces them! But there are 4 ways in which these words are different: length, intonation, syllable count, and the vowel and consonant sounds. Perfect your American accent and learn the tricks to pronouncing been, bean, and being like a native speaker!

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Oct
12
2020

Speak Fast English: How to Shorten Your Words

If you want to instantly improve the rhythm of your spoken English, this is the way to do it! Speak like a native by using these four tips to make your words shorter in American English: contractions, reductions, contractions + reductions, and "informal contractions"!

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Oct
05
2020

Vowel Syncope: Words You're Saying Wrong!

American English loves to meddle with the vowels! Vowels can be reduced, they can have multiple pronunciations, and they can be combined with other sounds. In the case of vowel syncope, the vowels are deleted completely! (Poor vowels!) Learn the most common pronunciations of "chocolate", "favorite", "interested", "difference", and "separate" - all of which contain vowel syncope in their pronunciations.

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Aug
30
2020

Ten Difficult Words in American English Part 2

American English pronunciation can be tricky - there are silent letters, hidden sounds, and multiple pronunciations for the same spelling. Even native speakers have difficulty pronouncing certain words! Watch this video to perfect your pronunciation of 10 difficult words in American English, with examples that are up close and in slow motion! The words included in this video are: tour, tourist, rural, mural, squirrel, pencil, awful, felt, aspirin, average

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Mar
22
2020

How to Pronounce 10 Difficult Words in English: Part 1

Learn the best tips on how to pronounce 10 difficult words in English (that you may be pronouncing wrong!), including milk, girl, world, million, clothes, months, vegetables, comfortable, three, and thirty.

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