Pronunciation of the English Sounds

How To : Make the 'ng' sound in American English

Learn how to pronounce the 'ng' sound in American English. This video provides a basic guide for pronunciations for ESL students. The ng, N-G sound, is similar to the nn, N sound, but it's a different part of the tongue that raises. In the ng sound, it's actually the middle-b ...more

How To : Make the W sound in American English

This ESL video explains how to make the W sound, in terms of tongue, jaw, and lip position. This video provides a basic guide for pronunciations for ESL students. The W, ww consonant sound. As you can see, the mouth position is similar to the oo vowel. The oo vowel however fe ...more

How To : Pronounce the Japanese "R" sound

In this video we learn how to pronounce the Japanese "R" sound. About 90% of people learning this language have problems saying this. The "R" sound is a combination of different sounds, not just the "R" sound like it is in English. There are five different ways to say the "R" ...more

How To : Pronounce "y" in English

This is a video tutorial in the Language category where you are going to learn how to pronounce "y" in English. It is an accent reduction and English pronunciation video. This video will help English as Second Language speakers to pronounce the difficult sound "y" like in "uni ...more

How to Speak English : Pronounciation tips

In this tutorial, we learn pronunciation tips to Speak English. To help someone learn this, use an analogy, imagery, and vivid explanation so they understand what you are talking about in full detail. Use your hands to make the motions, then relate words to your base words. Yo ...more

How To : Use the true T and flap T when speaking English

In this tutorial, we learn how to speak English using the true "t" and the flap "t". You will notice as you say different words in English that have the letter "T" that it sounds differently depending on the word it is in. The words "batter" and "latter" have a different sound ...more

How To : Pronounce words in Polish correctly

Polish has several unique sounds, letters and pronunciation rules that can confuse English-speakers who are trying to learn how to speak the language. A useful video for anyone trying to decipher Polish letters and pronounce Polish words.

How To : Pronounce consonants in Brazilian Portuguese

In this tutorial, we learn how to pronounce consonants in Brazilian Portuguese. "S" has several pronunciations and sounds the same as English when it's used at the beginning of a word. Using "s" between two vowels makes it sound like a "v". At the very end of a word, it either ...more

How To : Say "hello" in Polish

Learn how to say and spell out "hello" in Polish. This is a quick twelve minute video which shows the spelling and says the pronunciation of the word "hello" in the Polish language. This steps and/ or guidelines would show the easiest way to pronounce the word hello in the Pol ...more

How To : Pronounce and write Beijing in Mandarin Chinese

This instructional video teaches the proper English pronunciation of "Beijing" based on modern standard Chinese (Mandarin). It also describes the two Chinese characters that make up the name "Beijing" China's capital city and host of the 2008 summer Olympics. Watch this how to ...more

How To : Pronounce the " rl " in the English language

In this two part episode, Jennifer goes over the pronunciation of the letters "rl" in the English language. This is great for all levels of students learning English as a second language (ESL). Part 1 of 2 - How to Pronounce the " rl " in the English language. Part 2 of 2 - H ...more

How To : Pronounce "r" in the English language

In this five part episode, Jennifer goes over the pronunciation of the letter "R" in the English language. This is great for all levels of students learning English as a second language (ESL). Part 1 of 5 - How to Pronounce "r" in the English language. Part 2 of 5 - How to Pr ...more

How To : Pronounce "l" in the English language

In this six part episode, Jennifer goes over the pronunciation of the letter "L" in the English language. This is great for all levels of students learning English as a second language (ESL). Part 1 of 6 - How to Pronounce "l" in the English language. Part 2 of 6 - How to Pro ...more

How To : Ask someone if they speak English in French

In this free video language lesson, you'll learn how to ask someone if they speak english: "Parlez-vous anglais?" or "Est-ce que vous parlez anglais?" While French isn't necessarily a very difficult language for an English-speaker to learn, many stumble when it comes to pronun ...more

How To : Say "I want to buy" in perfect French

In this free video language lesson, you'll learn how to say the French words for "I would like to buy": "Je voudrais acheter." While French isn't necessarily a very difficult language for an English-speaker to learn, many stumble when it comes to pronunciation. Fortunately, th ...more

How To : Say "I had a good time" in perfect French

In this free video language lesson, you'll learn how to say the French words for "I had a good time": "J'ai passé un bon moment." While French isn't necessarily a very difficult language for an English-speaker to learn, many stumble when it comes to pronunciation. Fortunately, ...more

How To : Say "I don't understand" in perfect French

In this free video language lesson, you'll learn how to say the French words for "I don't understand": "Je ne comprends pas." While French isn't necessarily a very difficult language for an English-speaker to learn, many stumble when it comes to pronunciation. Fortunately, the ...more

How To : Say "I don't speak French" in perfect French

In this free video language lesson, you'll learn how to say the French words for "I don't speak French": "Je ne parle pas français." While French isn't necessarily a very difficult language for an English-speaker to learn, many stumble when it comes to pronunciation. Fortunate ...more

How To : Ask how much something costs in perfect French

In this free video language lesson, you'll learn how to ask the price of something in French: "C'est combien?" While French isn't necessarily a very difficult language for an English-speaker to learn, many stumble when it comes to pronunciation. Fortunately, the Internet is aw ...more

How To : Ask how a person is doing in perfect French

In this free video language lesson, you'll learn how to ask how a person's feeling in French: "Comment allez-vous?" While French isn't necessarily a very difficult language for an English-speaker to learn, many stumble when it comes to pronunciation. Fortunately, the Internet ...more

How To : Say "good night" in perfect French ("bonne nuit")

In this free video language lesson, you'll learn how to say the French words for "good night": "bonne nuit." While French isn't necessarily a very difficult language for an English-speaker to learn, many stumble when it comes to pronunciation. Fortunately, the Internet is awas ...more

How To : Say good or well in perfect French ("bien")

In this free video language lesson, you'll learn how to say the French word for "good" and "well": "bien." While French isn't necessarily a very difficult language for an English-speaker to learn, many stumble when it comes to pronunciation. Fortunately, the Internet is awash ...more

How To : Say excuse me in French ("excusez-moi")

In this free video language lesson, you'll learn how to say the French words for "excuse me": "excusez-moi." While French isn't necessarily a very difficult language for an English-speaker to learn, many stumble when it comes to pronunciation. Fortunately, the Internet is awas ...more

How To : Count to 100 in French

In this free video language lesson, you'll learn how to count to one hundred in perfect French. While French isn't necessarily a very difficult language for an English-speaker to learn, many stumble when it comes to pronunciation. Fortunately, the Internet is awash in clips li ...more

How To : Ask where the bathroom is in French

In this free video language lesson, you'll learn how to ask where the bathroom is in French: "où sont les toilettes?" While French isn't necessarily a very difficult language for an English-speaker to learn, many stumble when it comes to pronunciation. Fortunately, the Interne ...more

How To : Make a toast in French ("à votre santé")

In this free video language lesson, you'll learn how to say the French words for "to your health": "à votre santé." While French isn't necessarily a very difficult language for an English-speaker to learn, many stumble when it comes to pronunciation. Fortunately, the Internet ...more

How To : Say "thank you" in French ("merci")

In this free video language lesson, you'll learn how to say the French word for "thank you": "merci." While French isn't necessarily a very difficult language for an English-speaker to learn, many stumble when it comes to pronunciation. Fortunately, the Internet is awash in cl ...more

How To : Say "nice to meet you" in French ("enchanté")

In this free video language lesson, you'll learn how to say the French word for "pleased to meet you": "enchanté" or, for women, "enchantée." While French isn't necessarily a very difficult language for an English-speaker to learn, many stumble when it comes to pronunciation. ...more

How To : Ask an Italian person if they speak English

In this free video language lesson, you'll learn how to ask an Italian person if they speak English: "Parli inglese?" While Italian isn't necessarily a very difficult language for an English-speaker to learn, many stumble when it comes to pronunciation. Fortunately, the Intern ...more

How To : Ask someone if they speak English in Spanish

If you're going to know how any phrase in a foreign language, "Do you know English?" is a useful one. In this free video language lesson, you'll learn how to ask someone if they speak English in Spanish: "¿Habla inglés?" For more information, including an example of the proper ...more

How To : Pronunce Spanish consonant letters and sounds

In this video, we learn how to pronounce Spanish consonant letters and sounds. "B" and "v" sound the same in a number of different dialects. Practice saying these words with the letters in both the beginning and end of the word so you know exactly how to say them, and how they ...more

How To : Use heavy & light pronunciations in Arabic

In this tutorial, we learn how to use heavy & light pronunciations in Arabic. As you practice doing these pronunciations, you will need to watch the video where the letters are drawn out for you. It will also help you to hear the pronunciation done by a native speaker so you c ...more

How To : Understand English phrasal verbs & compound words

The presenter, Ms. Jennifer explains how compound words are formed from phrasal verbs. With examples she explains how the meaning and pronunciation differs when compound words are formed from phrasal verbs. She explains the difference between 'show' and 'show off' by showing h ...more

How To : Pronounce the English "th" sound

Follow this video to learn tips on how to best pronounce the th sound when speaking in English. The th sound can be somewhat confusing for some people who are trying to learn English as a second language. In fact there are two types of th sounds. The voiceless th sound does no ...more

How To : Pronounce the English word "pause"

Today's word is "pause". This is both a noun and a verb. As a verb, it means to stop an action temporarily. For example, you can say, "Let's pause what we're doing for this special announcement." Pronunciation accent american accent american slang american teacher education e ...more

How To : Speak English smoothly without using filler words

Filler words like "um" and "you know" can make speech choppy and disconnected if used too much. Learn how to improve your English pronunciation and reduce your accent using these simple speaking techniques. You'll be glad you did! This video is best for people learning to redu ...more

How To : Speak English better by always speaking slower

Instantly improve your American English pronunciation by following these invaluable tips on how to speak more slowly. You'll be amazed at the difference in your speech! This video is best for people learning to reduce their accent or students learning English as a second langu ...more

How To : Learn the English phonetic alphabet

Learn English with Mr. Duncan as he provides basic grammar instruction and speaks in basic English phrases. Check out this English language tutorial to learn the English phonetic alphabet. Some people think that this is a helpful tool for improving spoken English, while others ...more

How To : Pronounce the alphabet correctly when spelling

Trying to learn the English language? Then it's vital to start with the basics: the alphabet. Learning larger words won't be difficult once you understand how each letter of the alphabet is pronounced. Check out this helpful English video to learn the correct pronunciation fo ...more

How To : Teach shapes with a song for preschoolers

This lesson tune works on shape recognition. Lesson tunes are short songs or chants to a familiar tune with an educational message. Music is used as tool to teach or communicate a message. Repetition is also used in these lesson tunes to reinforce learning, and children love r ...more

How To : Learn a song about washing hands for preschoolers

This lesson tune teaches the importance of clean hands and how to wash your hands. The length of the tune is designed to match the time a child should spend washing their hands. If you child just want to sing the tune with out the introductory teachings watch the preschool vid ...more

How To : Use "must" in English

Learn how to use the modal verb "must" in English. The modal verb "must" is almost the same as using "have to," but often "have to" sounds better in spoken English.

How To : Pronounce the Arabic alphabet

Want to learn Arabic Alphabet? This video will help you learn how to pronounce the Arabic letters easily. The video will show you the Arabic letter along with its English transliteration along with the pronunciation of the letter by a native speaker. After the pronunciation of ...more

How To : Pronounce the letter "R" in English

A lot of the English you hear in the real world isn't taught in the classroom. This ESL how to video teaches you the pronunciation of the letter "R" in English. The letter "R" is not rolled in English like it is in many other languages. Watch this tutorial and you will be spea ...more

Hack Your Brain : Improving Memory with Dirty Pictures

If you're interested in nabbing superhero memory strength, the secret behind training your brain is not necessarily what you might expect. Your standard G-rated brain strengthening exercises range from crossword puzzles to Sudoku to calculating fairly simple math problems to i ...more

How To : Count from 1 to 10 in Klingon

Admit it: you're a die-hard Star Trek fan at heart. And you know that the best aliens in Star Trek are the Klingons. This video will show you how to count in Klingon. There's English subtitles, but pay attention to the pronunciation! Once you learn these Klingon numbers, go ah ...more

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“Of a generation who remembers Tiananmen Square, 1989, I considered how some excuse – the lack of, or slow progress on, human rights in China because ‘times have changed’, or because other concerns, including making money, come first, or because rights, freedom, and democracy ...more

How To : Pronounce difficult sounds for the IELTS exam

EnglishRyan shows you how to pronounce difficult sounds for IELTS. Using some pronunciation technique games you can learn to pronounce difficult words. The instructor says the words and tells you how to emphasis on your mouth and say the words. There is also a game you can pla ...more

How To : Count from one to ten in perfect French

In this free video language lesson, you'll learn how to count from one to ten in French: "un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, neuf, dix"! While French isn't necessarily a very difficult language for an English-speaker to learn, many stumble when it comes to pronunciation ...more

How To : Count from 1 to 100 in perfect French

In this free video language lesson, you'll learn how to count from one to one hundred in perfect French" While French isn't necessarily a very difficult language for an English-speaker to learn, many stumble when it comes to pronunciation. Fortunately, the Internet is awash in ...more

How To : Say common travel phrases in Italian

In this free video language lesson, you'll learn a number of useful Italian travel phrases. While Italian isn't necessarily a very difficult language for an English-speaker to learn, many stumble when it comes to pronunciation. Fortunately, the Internet is awash in clips like ...more

How To : Flirt with someone in perfect Italian

In this free video language lesson, you'll learn how to say a few choice flirtatious phrases of Italian. While Italian isn't necessarily a very difficult language for an English-speaker to learn, many stumble when it comes to pronunciation. Fortunately, the Internet is awash i ...more

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