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This is a general course for Southeast Asian language speakers: students from Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Indonesia. Though these languages are different, the American English pronunciation needs are similar. You may need to choose your study based on your English 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!

If you are a beginner in English learning, you may need to study only the 500 word lists, as other pages may be too difficult. It is wise to begin your language learning with correct pronunciation.



Week
Focus
Study Pages
Week 1
Learn about English pronunciation training.
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.
Introduction
R Sounds
R Sounds 500 Words
Syllable Stress
Week 2
Pronounce the L sound clearly.
Begin thinking about intonation (word stress):
how to speak with natural rhythm.
Continue to work on your R sounds.
L Sounds 500 Words
Read about Intonation (Word Stress)
Practice R sounds
Week 3
Study all short vowel sounds:
focus on the short A sounds,
the short I sounds and the sound.
Start practicing intonation.
Continue to practice L sounds.
Practice R sounds by reading the passage.
For an easier reading, try: After the Rains.
Short Vowels: 500 Words
Intonation Practice: American Slang
Practice L sounds
Review R sounds: Readings on Refugees
Week 4
Study the long vowel sounds.
Remember that long vowels are actually long:
move your mouth and speak the sounds fully.
Study the American English T sounds:
these are very important to pronunciation.
Continue with your intonation practice.
Long Vowels: 500 Words
Study T Sounds
T Sounds: 500 Words
Intonation Practice: Business Profit

Week 5
Study the 2 sounds of TH.
Practice the 2 sounds of TH with the 500 words lists.
Continue to work on intonation.
Study TH Sounds
TH Sounds: 500 Words
Intonation Practice: Business Heirarchy
Week 6
Study the 3 sounds of -ed.
Listen to a long passage with intonation.
Read aloud after listening to the video.
-ED sounds
Intonation: Business Formality
Week 7
Learn other English pronunciation sounds.
Take the online grammar tests.
See what grammar rules you need to practice.
V and W sounds
S and Z sounds
Take online grammar tests.
Week 8
Study the grammar pages you need.
Review everything with the English evaluation.
The evaluation has everyday words
which include all major pronunciation rules.
Study grammar as needed.
Practice all English pronunciation rules with the English evaluation.
Continued Practice
Read through the 500 word lists regularly
and take the links to extra practice pages.
Practice repeating after the videos--
it is better to repeat at least once a week rather than speak on your own all the time.
Get new, daily practice of pronunciation rules at English Pronunciation News.
500 Words Lists
English Pronunciation News

*** If you have not reached your pronunciation goals at the end of this class, do repeat the class. New practice pages are often linked to the pages above. Remember, to change habits of speaking, you need new habits! By practicing pronunciation every day, you give yourself a new habit. Think about the number of years you have spoken English and give yourself a reasonable amount of time to change. ***


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