How to Pronounce TIRED


TIRED is a tough word to pronounce -- learn it sound by sound. Practice it slowly over and over to master this word! YouTube blocked? Click here to see the video. Video Text: In this American English … [Read more...]

The Book is HERE!!!!


I'm so happy to announce, that after months of hard work, my eBook, American English Pronunciation, is finally available! The book will be available at a reduced price of $27 for just FIVE DAYS!  Get it by Saturday to get $10 off! Get it today: … [Read more...]

WHAT DID Reduction


'What did' is often reduced in conversational English ... that means it's not very clear.  Can you hear it in a sentence?  It can be just one syllable.  Learn how to understand this reduction when you hear it and pronounce it yourself, giving you … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Quiz Answers

Last week, I made a listening comprehension video while I was preparing food for Thanksgiving. You can see that video here, or below. The three questions follow, along with the answers. The transcript has the contractions from the three questions in … [Read more...]

How to Pronounce VULNERABLE


The Word 'vulnerable' is tough:  two Dark L's and the schwa-R sound.  Break this word down sound by sound an syllable by syllable to get comfortable pronouncing and using this word in English conversation. YouTube blocked? Click here to see the … [Read more...]

English Conversation – Learn American English with ALLIGATORS!

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Study English conversation as it really happens in this video where I take the camera out to a nature reserve in Florida.  You'll study reductions, and get to see some alligators in their natural habitat. YouTube blocked? Click here to see the … [Read more...]


QUESTION: Rachel, I've been learning English for many years. Recently I began to learn with TV shows. I am puzzled by the word "the": in the dictionary it's marked as "ðə" (and " ði" before a vowel), but I hear that more like "də" and "di", is there … [Read more...]

Flap T Exceptions?

Special thanks to Lin L for this question: Question: Are these words exceptions to the Flap T rule (T’s between vowels are Flap T’s):  Secretary, cemetery, tentative Are there patterns to exceptions?  Answer: First, let me clarify the … [Read more...]