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|This is a general
course for Arabic speakers. You may need to adjust
your training somewhat depending on your dialect and level
Students should practice for 20 minutes/day as often as possible. Use the pages with word lists and reading practice repeatedly. Watch the videos and repeat after the speaker. (You may need to enable pop-ups to see the videos.) Get further practice by reading from a newspaper or book to apply the sounds and rules.
On all 500 Words pages, there are links for extra practice: use these links too!
For beginners: you may need to study only the 500 word lists, as other pages may be too difficult. It is good to practice pronunciation at the beginning of language learning.
Study the American English position for R.
Practice R in different positions:
as first letter, in the middle and as a last letter.
Begin work on stress.
R Sounds 500 Words
the American English T sounds:
these are very important to pronunciation.
Begin thinking about intonation (word stress):
how to speak with natural rhythm.
Continue to work on your R sounds.
|Study T Sounds
T Sounds: 500 Words
Read about Intonation (Word Stress)
Practice R sounds
all short vowel sounds.
Remember that Americans emphasize vowels.
Of the short vowels, only E, I and U are truly "short."
Give the other sounds time as you speak.
Continue to study intonation.
Review R sounds.
|Short Vowels: 500
Intonation: More Basics
Review R sounds
the long vowel sounds.
Remember that long vowels are actually long:
move your mouth and speak the sounds fully.
Practice pronouncing B and P differently.
Begin speaking with intonation.
When you stress a syllable or a word,
stress the vowel sound.
|Long Vowels: 500
B and P Sounds
the N sound combinations.
Learn how the S and Z sound interact.
Continue to work on intonation.
S and Z sounds
V and W sounds.
Continue intonation practice.
Practice L and TH sounds as neeeded.
TH Sounds: 500 Words
the 3 sounds of the -ed ending for the past tense.
Study pronunciations of contractions (he's, they'll, etc.)
Listen to a long passage with intonation.
Try to read through all of it with good intonation afterward.
|Study -ed sounds
online grammar tests to see what you know.
Be sure to try the "article" and "preposition" test.
Study the grammar pages as needed.
Review everything by reading the English evaluation.
|Take Online Grammar Tests
Review Grammar Rules
the 500 word lists regularly
and take the links to extra practice pages.
Repeat after the videos--
it is better to repeat at least once a week
rather than speak on your own all the time.
Get daily English practice
at English Pronunciation News.
Learn idioms, everyday expressions.
Review All Grammar Rules
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