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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 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.

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 to English Pronunciation Training
R Sounds
R Sounds 500 Words
Syllable Stress
Week 2
Study 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
Week 3
Study 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 Words
Intonation: More Basics
Review R sounds
Week 4
Study 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 Words
B and P Sounds

Week 5
Study the N sound combinations.
Learn how the S and Z sound interact.
Continue to work on intonation.
N/NG/NK Sounds
S and Z sounds

Week 6
Study V and W sounds.
Continue intonation practice.
Practice L and TH sounds as neeeded.

V and W sounds
L Sounds
TH Sounds: 500 Words

Week 7
Study 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

Week 8
Take 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
Continued Practice
Read through 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.
500 Words Lists
Review All Grammar Rules
Learn Idioms
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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