English Pronunciation and Speaking Questions

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So if you want to know how to improve your pronunciation without a private tutor or teacher then I highly recommend you look at eEnglish.

Are you worried about your English pronunciation?  

Do people misunderstand you because your pronunciation is not clear?

If you answered yes, than you are not alone.  Many students are worried that their pronunciation confuses listeners and makes it difficult for them to be understood.  

This isn't surprising because many students and teachers do not spend a lot of time working on improving pronunciation.  It is also quite difficult to improve your pronunciation if you do not realize you are making mistakes.  

When we speak, and no one is there to correct us, we will make mistakes without even realizing it.  This is why most students do not practice pronunciation without a teacher.

If you are wondering:

"How can I improve my Pronunciation?"

or perhaps...

"Is it possible to improve your pronunciation at home?".

I have two suggestions for you:  

1) Best Accent Training and 2) eEnglish !  

Both of these programs are a great way to incorporate pronunciation into your self study efforts.  eEnglish is especially in depth and provides easy to use tools to focus on your specific mistakes and save you time.

Take a minute to explore these two amazing resources and then return here to ask your question.

Charles Becker is an accent reduction specialist based in New York city.  

He is a patient teacher who provides fast results at affordable prices.  

When he isn't recording his free weekly podcast, English Pronunciation Pod, he volunteers his time and expertise to answer your questions here.

Just submit your question via the form below.  

Be sure to look at the questions and answers below. Charles might have already been asked the exact same question.

The trick to speaking English with clarity and impact is understanding the melody and rhythm that is specific to English, but differs in other languages. Therefore, without the music of the English language, pronunciation is a mistake.

~ Erin Corrigan, Pronunciation Specialist

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Making lesson plans for pronunciation. 
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The Upside Down e  
What is the name of the upside down "e" when pronounced in parenthesis?

British vs American Pronunciation 
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Word Stress 
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Usually an e at the end of a one syllable word means... 
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Pronunciation rule for 'the' 
Are there any rules for pronouncing the article 'the' when used before words like "united, union, used, useful" starting with sound /j/? Thanks for …

Pronunciation Software 
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The sound of phonetic symbol upsidedown of - e 
Could you tell me what the sound of the phonetic symbol that looks like upside-down of the letter-e? How should I pronounce this symbol when I get it. …

Rules for pronouncing "the"  
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How can I Speak English Well? 
Hi! my problem is, how can I speak English well because I loose confident and feel shy even I fail to continue speaking in English. Hi Mutoto, Looking …

Pronouncing Past Tense of Regular Verbs 
What are the rules for pronuncing the ending "ed" in the past tense of regular verbs? This is a wonderful question. So many people struggle with this …

Is English a "Stressed Language" 
It is said that English is a "stressed language" and my friend told that it is an "aspirated language". Please explain that. …

What is the Best Way to Improve my Accent? 
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Improving Fluency 
I would like to ask, how I can improve my fluency in English. I have learned so much basic vocabulary and expressions, but I noticed that I can’t …

How to Pronounce 'Singer' and 'direction' 
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Changing my Pronunciation 
I can speak English well but I have to change my pronunciation. My pronunciation is mixed with my native language (I'm from India). How/where …

English Pronunciation and Syllabic Consonants 
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Pronouncing"asked", "d" or "t" on the end? 
What is the correct ending sound for the word "asked"? This is an interesting question because it is difficult to differentiate between the endings …

Stress and Reduced Vowels 
Dearest Diana, Are there specific rules for stressing syllables in English? How do you know where is the stress? Reduced vowels? Could you explain …

English Pronunciation 
I have difficulties studying English pronunciation (American/British). One of my friends said that my English sounds Indian or Middle Eastern. …

Pronunciation 
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I Mispronounce Too Many
Words in English
 
I was raised in Canada to immigrant parents. I've mispronounce words my whole life in English and native tongue. I feel this is effecting me each day …

Do you recieve written or downloadable exercises? 
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correct pronunciation.... 
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IELT Tips 
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Ship or Sheep? 
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Speaking English Well 
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Frustrated with my
Speaking Skills
 
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How to Make Speaking English Easier. 
I'm Egyptian and speaking in English is hard for me. What can I do to make it easier??? That is a good question. I think many people, when …

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