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Many of my friends who speak English but still have an accent have really loved this program because it has helped them reduce their accent tremendously and they feel much more confident while speaking. They explain some techniques in this video that help with pronunciation that you can't really find anywhere else.

A very important part of learning English pronunciation is learning the vowel sounds. The International Phonetic Alphabet for English helps us to differentiate the various vowel sounds. If you learn these symbols and their phonetic equivalents, you will be able to pronounce English words much more like a native speaker.

Let's go through the symbols and vowel sounds now.

see clean i
if interest ɪ
red yes ɛ
hat lack æ
bar dark ɑ
dot fought ɒ
draw yawn ɔ
look could ʊ
food truth u
luck bump ʌ
her turn ɜ
along across ə
say grey eɪ
grow no oʊ
eye blind aɪ
round brown aʊ
toy boil ɔɪ
clear weird ɪə
where air ɛə
sure cure ʊə

Be sure to listen to the sounds again, until you have them memorized and can identify them with their symbol. When you look in the dictionary, the International Phonetic Alphabet (or IPA) for the word is always given. You will be able to produce the vowel sounds more like a native.

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Learning the International Phonetic Alphabet for English is very beneficial in helping you to learn to pronounce words more accurately. These symbols are generally used in dictionaries in all languages. Learning the sounds will enable you to read the exact pronunciation of any word in the English language.

I have put together a couple of examples of each consonant sound so that you can get a better idea of what the sound should be like.

Let's begin!

park pink p
baby ball b
time talk t
dark drink d
car cool k
give get g
cheese chase tʃ
joke junk dʒ
five foot f
vote very v
thing thought θ
them this ð
sleep six s
zebra zoo z
shark ship ʃ
decision usual ʒ
hot happy h
man mail m
no never n
ring bring ŋ
lion lake l
run river r
young yes j
wild wonder w

Make sure to practice this plenty of times to get the hang of the sounds. After you have learned all of the sounds you will be able to better pronounce words in English that you are not quite sure of how to say by using the symbols that are supplied in the dictionary when you look up that word.

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