Friday, September 17, 2010

Pronunciation Practice Websites

These websites can help you practice mouth positions in order to be able to make certain sounds in English. They can also teach you rules in English pronunciation.

Special Tip: Don’t know where to start? Speak with a tutor in the ESOL lab about your pronunciation skills. A tutor can help you specify which sounds you might want to practice or learn more about.

1. Sounds of English is a good place to go to find descriptions of mouth positions for each English sound. The University of Iowa also provides an animated library of all the sounds in English that can help students with pronunciation.

2. Rachel's English has instructional videos on how to pronounce each consonant and vowel sound. It also has pronunciation exercises.

3. There are a few channels on YouTube I found that could be helpful. The first is English Meeting with Dave Sconda. He explains how to make certain sounds in great detail, such as, how to make the 'th' sound. Rachel's English also has a channel on YouTube.

4. Another great channel is the RebeccaLinguists Channel. Her videos are about improving your accent. They help your speech sound more clear to native speakers. This channel is great because it has videos for specific language users, such as, American Accent Training for Vietnamese Speakers. These videos talk about the specific pronunciation issues that these language users experience when trying to improve their English pronunciation skills.

5. Audacity is a free software application you can use to record and then visually analyze the frequency of your voice. This can be very useful when practicing pronunciation or listening to the pronunciation of others. Thanks goes to Aly Gorokhova for providing this wonderful information!

6. Also, try Pronunciation Power. This site has free demos, but some services you will have to pay for.

7. This website, HowJSay, will say words for you so that you know how to pronounce them correctly. The speaker has a British accent, but he is still very clear.

8. Do you ever get "r" & "l" or "p" and "b" confused? provides English pronunciation practice for commonly confused sounds, which are called minimal pairs. The website also offers other types of pronunciation practice, such as Listen & Repeat.

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