Monday, April 4, 2016

Frequently Asked Question --- When do you publish your next article?

Hey guys,

Thank you for following my blog. I posted my last article about one year ago. Many of you ask me
when I am going to write the next one.

Sorry, I don't know. I have plans but without time it's impossible. :(

There is only one activity that I do on my blog: I update the index to Rachel's videos.
Please follow it.

See you later,

Attila

Sunday, May 31, 2015

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Word of the Day


Monday, May 25, 2015

Guest post from All Ears English: Episode 326 - Jennifer Tarle Shows You Three Immediate Action Steps to Improve Your American English Vowel Sounds

Today let's see a guest post from All Ears English. I do like All Ears English and Jennifer Tarle, and I initiated invite her to the show. So let's join Episode 326.


"Today we have a special guest on the show!  You’ll find out the 3 mistakes you are making with your American English vowel sounds and how to solve your problem today!

Click here to listen to this episode
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.
Jennifer’s Bio:
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."
Enjoy All Ears English as well as Jennifer's materials!
My former posts about Jennifer: 

TOP 10 ESL Vowel Mistakes by Jennifer Tarle


See you soon,
Attila

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Top 10 ESL Consonant mistake by Jennifer Tarle

Hi everyone,




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.




Friday, April 17, 2015

TOP 10 ESL Vowel Mistakes by Jennifer Tarle

Hi everyone,





Jennifer Tarle 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.)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Gabby's Fluent 15

A 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.



Saturday, March 21, 2015

Index to Rachel's English videos

More details about Rachel (in a former blog post)
Updated on September 11th, 2016.

Remember: this index can’t substitute for Rachel’s pronunciation book. My index doesn’t follow the structure of the book!



1. Introduction

2. IPA and alphabet

3. Relaxing and improving

4. Learning sounds


4.1. Vowel sounds
4.1.1. How to pronounce vowels

EE videos:

IH videos:

AA videos: 

EH videos:  

OO videos:

UH (as in Pull) videos: 
Vow-06Vow-10Vow-16Vow-17, Vow-19

AH videos:

AW videos: 

UH (as in Butter) videos: 

Schwa videos:

AY videos: 

AI videos:

OH videos:

EW videos: 

OY videos:

OW video:

UR video:

4.1.2. Vowel related videos
/Vow-06/ Vowel Comparison: American English Pronunciation - [i] [ɪ] [æ] [ɛ] [u] [ʊ] [ɑ] [ɔ] [ʌ] [ə] [ɜ]
/Vow-07/ How to Pronounce the Letter E - American English -  [i] [ɪ] [æ] [ɛ] [ɑ] [ə] [eɪ]
/Vow-08/ How to Pronounce the Letter I - American English -  [i] [ɪ] [ə] [aɪ] [j]
/Vow-10/How to Pronounce the Letter U - American English -  [ɪ] [ɛ] [u] [ʊ] [ʌ] [ə] [ju] [w]
/Vow-13/ How to Pronounce the Letter A: American English -  [ɪ] [æ] [ɛ] [ɑ] [ɔ] [ə] [eɪ]

4.2. Consonants
4.2.1. How to pronounce consonants

T or D videos:
American English: T Pronunciations (true T, Flap T, stop T, glottal stop) - 

B or P videos:

K or G videos:

CH or JJ videos:

THs videos:

S or Z videos: 

SH or ZH videos:

F or V videos:

H videos:

M videos:

N videos:

NG videos:

L videos:

R videos:

W videos:

Y related videos:

4.2.2. Consonant related videos
/Con-20/ How to Pronounce TH after N or Z: American English -  [θ] [ð] [n] [z]
/Con-23/ How to Pronounce the Letter S - American English -  [s] [z] [ʃ] [ʒ]
/Con-24/ S Consonant Clusters - American English Pronunciation  [s] [t] [r] [m] [n] [p] [l] [ɹ] [w] [f]
/Con-34/ How to Pronounce the Letters NG: American English -  [n] [ʤ] [ŋ] [k] [g]
/Con-40/ Holding out the R: American English Pronunciation -  [ɹ] [k] [g] [p] [b] [t] [d]

4.3. Mixed cases
/Mix-05/ How to Pronounce AR, ORN, etc: American English -  [ɹ], [ɑ] [ɔ] [ju] [u] [l] [t]
/Mix-06/ How to Pronounce OUGH: American English -  [u] [aʊ] [oʊ], [ɑ] [ɔ] [ʌ] [f] 
/Mix-07/ How to Pronounce the Letter Y: American English -  [i] [ə] [aɪ] [j]

5. Linking

6. Word stress



7. Intonation

8. Reductions and contractions

9. How to pronounce common words and phrases

10. Homophones and heteronyms

11. Idioms

12. Interview a broadcaster

13. Real American life

14. For Chinese students

15. American English vs British English

16. Ben Frenklin & Imitation exercises

16.1. Ben Frenklin

16.2. Imitation

17. Contractversations

18. Video challenge
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