Pronunciation podcast archives
210: '-ue' ending (unique, avenue, and rescue)
209: The difference between /ə/ and /ʌ/: schwa and short u
208: Cone/corn, coat/court
207: Why is 'quarter' so hard to say?
206: I like/I'd like... bacon!
205: Dealing with 'o-u-g-h'
204: How 'have to' becomes 'hafta'
203: When /t/ sounds like /d/ during linking: alveolar stop
202: How similar are /n/ and /l/?
201: Why is 'symptom' pronounced that way?
200: A new spelling poem!
199: Would you like some coffee or tea?
198: Pronouncing 'clothes,' 'close' (verb), and 'close' (adjective)
197: Linking vowels to sound fluent!
196: Do you say 'people' as 'peopo'?
195: Dropping the /k/ in 'asked' (HIMYM)
194: 'faux pas, chauffeur, fiance,' and more
193: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
192: Special holiday words
191: The difference between 'my car' and 'Mike are'
190: From 'wait time' to 'snack time'
189: Linking magic!
188: Heteronyms: 'Lead' rhymes with 'read'
187: 'Fall' and 'autumn'
186: Fake it 'til you make it!
185: From /ʒ/ to /ʤ/ ('zh' to 'j')
184: Pronouncing /ʒ/ the 'zh sound'
183: expected and unexpected /s/ and /ʃ/ minimal pairs
182: 'on' and 'off': /ɑn/ and /ɔf/
181: The troublesome 'thr' /θr/ combination
180: 'because'→'cuz': stressed, unstressed, informal
179: The silent /p/ in 'pneumatic' and 'psychology'
178: "Feeling" the vibration of vowel sounds
177: -ate suffix revisited--advanced lesson
175: Short Vowels Minimal Sets
174: 3-sound clusters beginning with 's'
173: Digraphs and trigraphs, complicated spelling patterns
172: The 'cc' spelling pronunciations (as in 'accuse' and 'succeed')
171: The silent l in the word 'salmon'
170: 'schwa+r' /ɚ/ paragraph practice
169: Pronouncing 'Seattle'
168: Stress pronunciation patterns in 3-syllable words
167: When to use the informal contraction 'useta'
166: Understanding /ŋ/, the 'ng' sound
165: What is the vocal tract?
164: Consonant clusters in English
163: -ile and the differences in American and British English
162: The differences between /b/ and /v/
161: Schwa in 2-syllable words
160: w+a (want), w+a-r (warm), w+o-r (work)
159: What are non-phonetic words?
158: Vowels plus voiced and unvoiced consonants
157: Native French speakers special!
156: Silent letters in high-frequency words
155: The f sound and semi-irregular plurals
154: 'She sells seashells'
153: 'Look at Luke!'
152: 's-c-h' and the word 'schedule'
151: j/ch sounds plus -ed ending
150: Common spellings and non-phonetic words
149: Practicing the /w/ and /v/
148: More 'th' sounds practice
147: The -ious suffix
146: Happy "New" Year!
145: a, e, i, o, u and sometimes y
144: -ed ending exceptions
143: Don't over-pronounce sounds
142: The syllabic l
141: We "recently" changed our t sound lesson
140: The 'oo' spelling of the words 'foot' and 'soon'
139: Pronunciation of 'sure'
138: Pronunciation of 'often'
137: 'ct' spelling plus -ed and -s ending
135: m sound/n sound/ng sound
133: t/d, p/b, and k/g at the beginning of a word
132: ea spelling: long e or short e
131: The word "new" in place names
130: 2-syllable word stress
129: Portuguese speakers special, part 2
128: The pronunciations of i-consonant-e
127: Portuguese speakers special, part 1
126: Unstressed syllables, part 2
125: Unstressed syllables, part 1
124: French words in English
123: A Merry, Marry, Mary Christmas
119: The bunched r sound
118: The prefix re-
117: Suffixes with /ʧ/ (ch sound)
116: Using 'ain't'
115: Sound combinations: sp-, st-, sk-, sc-
114: 'Puff' (aspiration) details of stop sounds
113: The /h/, like a chameleon
112: Dropping the /d/
111: Linking /v/ and /f/
110: Troublesome /v/ and /f/
109: /s/, /z/, /ʃ/, /ʒ/ (s, z, sh, and zh sounds) compare and contrast
108: In the US, it is 'learned' and 'spelled,' while the British kept 'learnt' and 'spelt'
107: 'ck' after short vowels (as in 'back'), 'k' after all the others (as in 'bake')
106: 'long u' stressed and reduced; /yu/ or /yə/?
105: Pronouncing 'though,' 'thought,' 'through,' and 'thorough'
104: Pronouncing 'pronounce' and 'pronunciation'
102: Russian/Ukrainian Special Episode
101: Subtle oddities of the word 'subtle'
100: A Hundred/One Hundred
99: Three-word informal contractions
97: The transition from 'used to' to 'useta'
96: How 'women' could have been 'wimmen'
94: /t/+/y/=/ʧ/, /d/+/y/=/ʤ/, surprising 'ch' and 'j' sounds
93: Do you accidentally make your /l/ into /w/?
91: iPad/iPod, the world's newest /æ,ɑ/ (short a/short o) minimal pair
90: The j sound, spelled j, dge, ge, and g(i)
88: Why is 'tch' (as in 'watch') easier to pronounce than 'ch' (as in which)?
85: Why is the 'Ch' in 'Christmas' pronounced as /k/?
84: 'Who,' 'what,' 'when,' and 'where': How do you pronounce words that begin with wh-?
82: Thanksgiving holiday th sounds /ð, θ/ review
81: Comparing /oʊ/ and /aʊ/ (long o and ow--as in 'no' and 'now')
79: Comparing /eɪ/, /i/, /ɑɪ/ (long a, long i, and long e)
78: Comparing /æ/, /ɑ/, /ɔ/ (short a, short o, and aw)
77: Comparing /i/, /ɪ/, /ɛ/, and /ʌ/ (long e, short i, short e, and short u)
75: 'can' and 'can't,' how are they different? Not how you expect!
74: Are 'for' and 'four' pronounced the same or differently?
73: Reducing the word 'of' to /ə/
72: Using /n/ instead of /ŋ/ (the 'ng' sound) in -ing ending
71: When and why do some words (like 'interesting') lose a syllable?
69: Numbers: Teens versus Tens (as in 19 vs. 90)
68: Voiced and Unvoiced 'th' /ð,θ/ review
66: Syllabic n's and nasal plosions (as in the words 'sudden' and 'couldn't')
65: Uh-oh! The glottal stop in place of /t/
63: When Americans drop the /t/ (with audio from The Incredibles)
61: The American /t/ as a quick /d/
60: Tag questions aren't really questions, are they?
59: Falling pitch boundaries on yes/no questions
58: Pitch Boundaries, Rising and Falling
57: Comparing extra-high and rising pitch words
56: Extra-high pitch words for extra intensity
55: Intonation and high pitch words, an introduction
53: Phrasal verb sentence stress
52: Linking from the -ed ending
50: The silent /t/ in '-sten' and '-stle' (as in 'listen' and 'whistle')
48: 'talk' and 'walk' and other '-alk' /ɔk/ words
47: 'should,' 'could,' and 'would': /ʃʊd/, /kʊd/, /wʊd/
46: 'Three,' 'through,' 'throw' and other /θr/ combination words
45: Chinese speakers special episode
44: Letter 'x' pronunciations: /ks/ or /gz/
43: About the words 'world' and 'word': /wɚld/ and /wɚd/
42: Spanish speakers special episode
41: The silent b in the -mb spelling (as in 'climb' and 'thumb')
40: been, not bean: /bɪn/, not /bin/
39: quit, quite, and quiet
38: idea--a troublesome little 4-letter word
37: 'says' and 'said'--two words NOT pronounced with 'long a' /eɪ/
36: Japanese speaker special
35: there, their, they're: they're all said the same!
34: consonant+y suffix (-cy, -ity, -graphy, -fy) word syllable stress
33: -ate suffix word syllable stress and heteronyms
32: -ize suffix (as in 'recognize' and 'prioritize') word syllable stress
31: -ic suffix word syllable stress
30: 2-syllable word stress and -tion/-sion syllable stress
29: Compare /i/ and /ɪ/ (long e short i--as in sheep and ship)
28: The /h/ (as in 'hello' and 'happy')
27: The /g/ and /k/, stops in American English
26: English /m/ and /n/ pronunciation
25: The 'ng' sound /ŋ/ (as in 'song') pronunciation
24: The 'ch' /ʧ/ and 'j' /ʤ/ pronunciation in English
23: The /p/ and /b/ in English
22: Review all the sounds covered so far
21: The Rhythm Rule and sentence stress, continued
20: The Rhythm Rule and Sentence Stress
19: -ed ending pronunciation
18: The /f/ and /v/ in English
17: The 'sh' /ʃ/ and 'zh' /ʒ/ in English
16: Reduced Pronouns: 'he, him, her,' and 'them'
15: Linking vowel sounds
14: Linking consonant sounds
13: Informal contractions in American English
12: Common contractions in American English
11: The American English 'aw' /ɔ/, 'oi' /ɔɪ/, and 'ow' /aʊ/
10: The American English 'oo sound' /u/ and 'other u' /ʊ/
9: The American English short vowel sounds /æ, ɛ, ɪ, ɑ, ʌ/
8: The American English long vowel sounds: /eɪ, i, ɑɪ, oʊ, yu/
7: Pronouncing /w/ and /y/
6: American English r-controlled vowels /ɚ, ɑr, ɔr, ɛr/
5: The American English /r/ and /l/
4: The American English /r/
3: The English /s/ and /z/
2: The English /t/ and /d/
1: The English 'th sounds' /θ, ð/