with Speak Method
|Online Classes||500 Words
||R, Th, T and other sounds||Business
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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
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.
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.
*Always use a soft H sound.*
Practice the two sounds of TH.
Read more about intonation.
Review R sounds.
|Short Vowels: 500
TH Sounds: 500 Words
Intonation: More Basics
Review R sounds
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
V and W Sounds
Intonation Practice: American Slang
the N sound combinations.
Review L sounds.
Use a light L sound at the end of words.
Continue to work on intonation.
Intonation Practice: Business Profit
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
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
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
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.
English Pronunciation News
Review All Grammar Rules
Get Your Free Evaluation
The American Accent
Pronunciation of 500 Words
American Vowel Sounds
English Pronunciation News
English Grammar and Idioms