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held consonants (stops)

Alex asks another question:You mention in the book that many of the final stops are not realeased. Are they "p", "b", "t", "d" and "g" only? Also are they still not released in the plural form of words that ends in "s" e.g. "stops"? Hi Alex,Yes, those are the primary ones you need to worry [...]

By | 2009-05-07T08:13:00+00:00 May 7th, 2009|Uncategorized|1 Comment

“CAN” or “CAN’T”?

A reader named Alex asked the following question:"Hello Lisa, I find one of the biggest differences between the British and the American accents is how "can't" is pronounced which I also find the trickest for us trying to learn the American accent. I just can't really tell the American "can't" from the American "can". So [...]

By | 2009-04-15T05:31:00+00:00 April 15th, 2009|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Asking Americans to help you with your accent?

Native speakers of English will usually gladly help you to pronounce words that you are struggling with or answer questions you have about the American accent. This is great and you should use this opportunity. But here are some things you consider first:1. Most native speakers are not very aware of their own language. For [...]

By | 2017-01-24T23:22:15+00:00 April 10th, 2009|Uncategorized|3 Comments

the American T

Here is my response to a reader who asked the following question:"Hello Lisa, its me Alex again. I have one more question about the American accent - I have ordered your book on amazon.com but it has not come yet so I am not sure if it is already mentioned in your book. Anyway, is [...]

By | 2009-04-09T07:57:00+00:00 April 9th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Using idiomatic expressions

As I have posted earlier, most people who are working on reducing their accents should also constantly be trying to improve their vocabulary. It's particularly important to focus on improving your understanding of and ability to use idioms, expressions and slang (when appropriate). Using this type of speech will give the impression that you have [...]

By | 2009-04-02T04:46:00+00:00 April 2nd, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The American R sound

One of the biggest differences between the British and the American accents is that Americans always pronounce the letter R. In England the words "load" and "lord" would sound very similar since the R tends to be silent before another consonant. It's also silent at the end of a word in British English. If you [...]

By | 2017-01-24T23:22:15+00:00 April 2nd, 2009|Uncategorized|7 Comments

Becoming truly fluent in English

People who are working on reducing their accents and who want to sound more like native speakers must also continually work on improving their overall language fluency.Never neglect other important skill areas of English. Make sure that you are constantly learning new vocabulary and trying to express yourself better in general. Look up any new [...]

By | 2009-03-08T09:08:00+00:00 March 8th, 2009|Uncategorized|2 Comments

my new YouTube video for the American T sound

I have just posted this video on YouTube to help you sound more American. The letter "T" is pronounced like a fast "D" sound when it's between two vowels. Here are some examples of words: "better," "city," "Italy," "matter." The "T" in those words changes and becomes a different sound. Watch this short video to [...]

By | 2017-01-24T23:22:15+00:00 February 13th, 2009|Uncategorized|3 Comments