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|This is a general course for Korean
speakers. You may need to adjust
your training depending on your 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!
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.
||Learn about English
Perfect your R sound. 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
||Pronounce the L sound clearly.
Begin thinking about intonation (word stress): how to speak
with natural rhythm.
Continue to work on your R sounds.
Sounds 500 Words
Read about Intonation (Word Stress)
Practice R sounds
||Study all short vowel sounds:
focus on the short A sounds,
the short I sounds and the Ö sound.
Continue study of intonation rules.
Continue to practice L sounds.
Practice R sounds by reading the passages aloud. Answer the questions if you wish, but it is more important to read aloud. For an easier reading, try: After the Rains.
Vowels: 500 Words
Intonation: More Basics
Practice L sounds
||Study the long vowel sounds.
These should not be too
Remember that long vowels are actually long: move your mouth and speak the sounds fully.
Study the American English reductions of the letter T: these are very important to pronunciation.
Work on intonation by repeating after the speaker.
Vowels: 500 Words
Study T Sounds
T Sounds: 500 Words
||Study the 2 sounds of TH.
Practice the 2 sounds of TH with the 500 words lists.
Continue to work on intonation.
TH Sounds: 500 Words
Intonation Practice: Business Profit
||Study the 3 sounds of -ed; be
sure to pronounce these sounds
at the end of words.
Continue to practice intonation.
||Learn other English
Listen to a long passage with intonation. Read aloud with good intonation after listening to the video.
Take the test on American English articles, the test on prepositions, the test on verbs and the test on punctuation. See what grammar rules you need to practice.
S and Z sounds
Intonation: Business Formality
Take online grammar tests.
||Study the grammar pages you
Review everything by speaking through the English evaluation. This includes everyday words with all major English pronunciation rules.
grammar as needed.
||To keep practicing, read through
the 500 word lists regularly and take the links to extra
on each sound. Practice repeating after the videos--it is
repeat at least once a week rather than speak on your own
all the time.
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*** 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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