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Improve your English Pronunciation! with English subtitles  

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hey guys I know you're super came to improve your English pronunciation and

to do that you need two things and native English speaker up and a super

amazing tool called the IPA the international phonetic alphabet

huh don't worry i'm going to tell you all about it in just a minute

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in lots of languages

each letter represents only one sound so it's easy to try and pronounce words

just by looking at how the word is spelt but english isn't like this

no no no no no no nope nope nope

when you see letters in an English word

they won't always be pronounced the same way

take the letter C for example in the word cup

it's pronounced cook but that's different to the word place and when I

see is next to a hatch

it's often chip like in chocolate

but in the word ache

it's pronounced like a cook again her

this is why the international phonetic alphabet is such a great tool for

English students to practice their pronunciation with and I use it all the

time when I'm teaching pronunciation lessons in the IPA every sound has a

unique symbol

so when you read it you know exactly how to pronounce the English work for

example the words tho thought and cough all have the same

oh you GH spelling but actually they're pronounced very differently tho thought

and cough

now these symbols might seem a little scary to you especially if you haven't

seen the IPA before but actually they're so helpful for you when you're learning

English pronunciation because it tells you exactly how to say the word are for

cough so even if you've never heard of these symbols before

don't freak out in today's lesson we're going to go through the international

phonetic alphabet together

now there's 26 letters in the English alphabet right but there are 44

different sounds

why you more than there are letters that's why i use the IPA to help my

students when they're studying English pronunciation

let's look at valves first there are five English vowels out there a e i o

and you

but there are way more English bowel sounds

some of them are long some of them are short and some of them are just lazy

let's go through them e é o who

a 000000 are

oh there's another group of vowel sounds cold diphthongs now don't worry about

remembering that crazy name

all you need to do is remember the sounds

did thongs are sounds that change from one vowel sound to another but in the

same syllable

so watch my mouth position change as i make each of these sounds ear air or ow

Oh a i OE so we've been through valves and diphthongs now we'll move on to

consonants the top row r unvoiced consonant sounds which means that the

sound is made by air moving from the back of your mouth through and out your

lips

there is one extra letter that is unvoiced down the bottom then all the

rest of the continent sounds are voiced which means that the sound is made here

with your vocal cords are you can feel it here and unvoiced sounds use just air

you can't feel anything here

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tip

chip

Shh

cut

but mmm

hmm

chip

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good and and her

e what yeah well that's it for this lesson

make sure you go to my website and download the free worksheet to help you

practice the IPA sounds

the link is in the comments box below or right here

make sure you subscribe by clicking the red button so that you get my next video

lesson which is all about English valves now

say that

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