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This is a general course for Russian 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 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.
Take the R and L listening tests.
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.
*Always use a soft H sound.*
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
Week 4
Study the long vowel sounds.
Practice V and W sounds.
Begin speaking with intonation.
When you stress a syllable or a word,
stress the vowel sound.
* Remember to use the soft H sound
as you practice intonation.
Long Vowels: 500 Words
V and W Sounds
Intonation Practice: American Slang

Week 5
Study the N sound combinations.
Review L sounds.
Use a light L sound at the end of words.
Continue to work on intonation.
N/NG/NK Sounds
L Sounds
Intonation Practice: Business Profit

Week 6
Learn how the S and Z sound interact.
Study the 3 sounds of the -ed ending.
Study pronunciations of contractions.
Continue intonation practice.
S and Z Sounds
Study -ed sounds
Intonation Practice: Business Heirarchy

Week 7
Take online grammar tests
to see what you know.
Listen to a long passage with intonation.
Read with good intonation afterward.

Take Online Grammar Tests
Intonation: Business Formality

Week 8
Study the grammar pages as needed.
Be sure to study the articles: a, an, the.
Read the English evaluation.
This covers all pronunciation rules.
Review Grammar Rules
Read English Evaluation
Continued Practice
Read through the 500 word lists regularly.
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 with current events
at English Pronunciation News.
Continue to perfect your grammar.
Study idioms, everyday expressions.
500 Words Lists
English Pronunciation News
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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