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|This is a general
course for Swahili speakers. You may need to adjust
your training somewhat depending on your dialect and level of fluency.
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.
|What to Study
Study the American English position for R.
Practice R in different positions:
as first letter, in the middle and as a last letter.
Take the R and L listening tests.
Begin work on stress.
|Introduction to English
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.
Practice the two sounds of TH.
Read more about intonation.
Review R sounds.
|Short Vowels: 500 Words
TH Sounds: 500 Words
Intonation: More Basics
Review R sounds
the long vowel sounds.
Learn the consonant combinations.
These help with spelling and listening as well.
Begin speaking with intonation.
When you stress a syllable or a word,
stress the vowel sound.
|Long Vowels: 500 Words
Intonation Practice: American Slang
the letters with H. Make sure these sounds
are different from the single letters,
i.e. "s" is different from "sh."
Study the N sound combinations.
Review L sounds.
Continue to work on intonation.
|Letters with H
Intonation Practice: Business Profit
how the S and Z sound interact.
Practice pronouncing B and P differently.
Continue intonation practice.
Practice V and W sounds if needed.
|S and Z Sounds
B and P Sounds
Intonation Practice: Business Heirarchy
V and W Sounds
the 3 sounds of the -ed ending.
Study pronunciations of contractions.
Listen to a long passage with intonation.
Read with good intonation afterward.
|Study -ed sounds
Intonation: Business Formality
online grammar tests
to see what you know.
Study the grammar pages as needed.
Read the English evaluation.
This covers all pronunciation rules.
|Take Online Grammar Tests
Review Grammar Rules
Read English Evaluation
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
500 Words Lists
English Pronunciation News
Get Your Free Evaluation
The American Accent
Pronunciation of 500 Words
American Vowel Sounds
English Pronunciation News
English Grammar and Idioms