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Sounds in American English

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Develop your American Accent

There are important differences between the pronunciation of American English and that spoken in Britain, Australia, Ireland and other English-speaking nations. As a result, it's better to focus on one country's accent. If that country is the US, these sites will be helpful.

 

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Minimal Pairs Quiz

Practise the difference between sounds.

Levels: All. You need Flash. This website has sound Go>

Phonetics: The Sounds of American English

See videos and animations of how to pronounce sounds. Very scientific but very clear! 

Levels: All. You need Flash and QuickTime. This website has video Go>

Audio Alphabet

How to pronounce a, b, c... 

Level: Elementary.  You need Flash. This website has sound Go>

LanguageGuide Audio Alphabet

Audio Calendar

Listen to the pronunciation of days, months and years. 

Level: Elementary.  You need RealPlayer. This website has sound Go>

CK's Listen and Repeat English

Practice pronunciation, listening and grammar together! Choose from irregular verbs, adjectives, the alphabet and more! You can download the mp3 files.

Level: Elementary to Pre-Inter. This website has sound Go>

British and American Accents

Compare the different sounds.  Scroll down the page and look at the table of vowels.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced. This website has sound Go>

Audio Concentration:  Boot, Beat, Bit... 

A game where you have to find matching pairs of sounds.  Not easy, but good practice for your listening.

Levels: Intermediate to Advanced. You need Flash.  This website has sound Go>

Daily Pronunciation Video

Free vocabulary and pronunciation lessons at sozoexchange.com.

Level: Advanced. This website has video Go>

Daily Pronunciation archive

Canadian EnglishCanadian Pronunication Website 

Levels: Intermediate to Advanced. You need Flash and QuickTime.  This website has sound Go>

Jennifer ESL

Jennifer is an English teacher in the USA. Learn grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation with her great lessons. This website has video

Pronunciation of 'L' - Lesson 4a

Pronunciation of 'L' - Lesson 4b

Pronunciation of 'L' - Lesson 4c

Pronunciation of 'L' - Lesson 4c continued

Pronunciation of 'R' - Lesson 5a (US pronunciation)

Pronunciation of 'R' - Lesson 5a continued (US pronunciation)

Pronunciation of 'R' - Lesson 5b

Pronunciation of 'R' - Lesson 5b - second part (US pronunciation)

Pronunciation of 'R' - Lesson 5b - third part

Pronunciation of 'L' and 'R' - Lesson 5c

Pronunciation of 'L' and 'R' - Lesson 5c - second part (US pronunciation)

 

 

 

 

Online Dictionaries

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary 

This free online dictionary lets you listen to the pronunciation of words. This website has sound Go>

Picture Dictionary, with Sound

LanguageGuide.org. Hover the mouse over the picture to read the word and listen to the pronunciation (American English). You can also see translations into many other languages.

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Level: Beginner to Advanced. This website has sound

 

 

Related Pages

Also on Okey-Dokey:

Listening - Hear English pronunciation in action!

Vocabulary: US / British English - Learn the differences

 

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