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01/25/2016 13:03:33 PST
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Erica Rösi Pedersen
11/22/2013 11:24:51 PST
Here's a short article on the O sounds:

Rakesh Nagar
10/22/2013 21:45:19 PDT

09/24/2013 19:05:13 PDT
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09/14/2013 09:50:52 PDT
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Erica Rösi Pedersen
06/05/2013 09:10:29 PDT
We have added new discussions on American English pronunciation for each of the 500 words pages. Here are a few tips on learning the short vowel sounds of the standard American accent.

Often, students are overwhelmed when studying vowels. There are difficult spelling rules, exceptions and multiple sounds for each letter. Also, speaking big vowel sounds and moving the face can feel unnatural to people who learned British English.

Here are a few tips. Pronunciation is about sound. The spelling rules may be complicated, but the first step is being able to hear the different sounds. You can use the videos on this page to learn the sounds. Then use a good audio book or news program that you can access on the Internet and listen for these sounds as people speak. Make sure to find speakers who do not speak too quickly, and use a resource (such as a book or internet-based show) that you can rewind and repeat. You can use an online dictionary—make sure it is American--to confirm the sounds that you hear in words. This might take some effort at first, but once you are comfortable hearing the vowel sounds as people speak, you will feel much better about perfecting these sounds for your own speech.

When students feel concerned about moving the face, I recommend concentrating on openness and creating space for sound rather than on the facial movement. Moving the face can feel silly, but the idea of having enough space to create clear sound is a very practical idea.

If you have questions or comments about the American English short vowel sounds, post them here. Have a great day!