Jennifer Tarle from Tarle Speech and Language is here to show you 3 actions steps that you can take to immediately solve your problems with American English vowel sounds.
Jennifer believes that listening is key to pronunciation. It’s more important than learning phonetic symbols and studying a pronunciation chart.
You need to work on your listening and then put it into practice.
Here are 3 things you can do today to improve your American English vowel sounds:
Long versus short vowel sounds (“Eat” versus “it”): Listen to the difference in vowel length. These sounds are used often in American English. Make the “eat” sound long and make the “it” short.
Open vowels: Watch a TV program with the sound off in your native language and then watch a TV program in English with the sound off. Watch the person’s mouth, lips, and jaw. Americans move their mouths a lot when they speak compared with other languages. English has a lot of vowels. Consider the word “fantastic.” You have to open your mouth wide to say that word.
Movement vowel: A lot of students keep their mouths closed and don’t move their mouth from one sound to another. You need to focus on moving your jaw and your lips. Don’t cut off the sounds and shorten them. Continue the sound.
Tarle Speech and Language was founded in 2005 by Jennifer Tarle in order to empower individuals at all stages of life through better communication skills. Jennifer is a Certified Speech Pathologist with over 19 years of experience in speech-related training and pathologies. Jennifer earned a BS degree and an MA degree in Speech Pathology from Kent State University. She is licensed in CA, IL, & OH, is certified with the State Boards of Education in IL and OH, is certified by the IL early intervention system, holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), and has earned several AHSA ACE Awards for continuing education.
Jennifer is a self-published author of accent workbooks, audio CDs, DVDs, and iBooks. Materials are designed to be easy and effective. Products are all downloadable so that you can practice on the go! She distributes her pronunciation materials solely through www.tarlespeech.com and iTunes. Introductory through advanced classes on foreign accents are taught throughout the city of Chicago, via video conferencing, and throughout the world. To help even more people, she launched a video podcast, The Minute of Speech, in 2007. It is available on iTunes, YouTube, and at www.tarlespeech.com. She implemented her Tarle Speech pronunciation and accent reduction program at the Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, China and at E4TG in Tokyo, Japan. Contact her to schedule a consultation or class.
Jennifer strives to help individuals to improve their lives through better communication."
Some weeks ago, I was writing about Jennifer Tarle’s great video lesson on top 10 ESL Vowel mistakes. Some readers asked me if Jennifer has something similar in connection with consonants. The answer is definitely yes. So today, I would like to tell you my thoughts about her video lessons on the top 10 consonant mistakes.
is among my favorite pronunciation teachers. That’s why I’ve been following her
activities, keeping contact her since I published my first article about her. Some weeks ago, she held an online free class about top
10 consonant and a little later about to 10 vowel mistakes. However, consonants
can also be tricky and hard to learn, the American vowels are even greater
challenge. That’s why I’m going to write about her lesson on vowels. It won’t
be only a summary, but I’m also going to give my views and thoughts to some
parts of Jennifer lesson.
(Updated on May 10, 2015: Links to individual sounds of Jennifer's "Vowel sounds" series are added.)
couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Gabby’s Go Natural English. I mentioned one
of her new project called ”Fluent 15”. Thanks to Gabby, I got one month acces
to this program an now I’m able to give you some more details.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about All Ears English podcast, that was founded by Lindsay McMahon
and Gabby Wallace. I mentioned that Gabby left All Ears English after working
for one year on episodes of All Ears English. In this post, I’m going to give
you more details about her own project called Go Natural English and my
personal impressions about Gabby and her methods.
Today, let me speak about an amazing podcast. It is All Ears English that was founded by Lindsay McMahon “the
English Adventurer” and Gabby Wallace “the Language Angel” from
Boston, Massachusetts, USA. In this short article I’m going to introduce
Lindsay and Gabby, their podcast very briefly, in addition I’m going to tell
you who I recommend this podcast to. All Ears English is also available on iTunes, and Stitcher.
In my previous posts I introduced you to my favorite
pronunciation teachers. They are Rachel and
Mandy. I referred to their materials (videos, audios,
websites) in several other posts of mine such as classification
of English vowel sounds. I still like their activity; however, if I wrote these posts nowadays,
they could be little different. Why? I would consider another pronunciation
teacher as well whose name is Jennifer Tarle. Today, I would like to write
about her activity, Youtube
channel and website.
reviewing all the individual vowels, let’s take a deep breathe. Now, the
diphthongs are coming. What is a
diphthong? It’s a sound that is
the subtle combination of two vowel sounds within the same syllable. That means
each diphthong consists of two vowel sounds that we learned in the previous
lessons. Again and again, I will refer
English (including her video channel) and Mandy’s pronuncian.com
podcast. Now, we’re going to learn about 6 sounds and because it can be a lot to absorb, I
suggest youbreak it into 3 parts.