Friday, August 22, 2014


Hi everyone,

After 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 back Rachel’s English (including her video channel) and Mandy’s podcast. Now, we’re going to learn about 6 sounds and because it can be a lot to absorb, I suggest you break it into 3 parts.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Let it be sunshine - Short U (UH) and schwa (UH) vowel sounds

Hi everyone,

After a long break, let’s get back to work. A couple of weeks (months) ago, I introduced a kind of classification of American English vowel sounds.  Then we began to work on vowels in pairs: /i/ Long E (EE) and /ı/ Short I (IH)Sounds ,/æ/ Short A (AA) and /ɛ/ Short E (EH) sounds , /u/ Other OO and /ʊ/ Other U sounds , and [ɑ] Short O and [ɔ] AW sounds . We haven’t finished it yet. Today we’re going to learn about the /ʌ/ (Short U - UH) and /ǝ/ (Schwa - UH) sounds. In this article, I will mention again Rachel’s English (including her video channel) and Mandy’s podcast.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My favorite Nightwish covers

Hi everyone,

After a longer break caused by some unpleasant things, I return to writing, but this post won’t be very serious. Now, let me answer a question about music. I was asked quite often about my favorite style of music, and group. Well, I’m great fan of rock music. If I begin to chat about it, I can hardly finish. I do love a lot of groups from Hungary and other parts of the world. My favorite group outside of Hungary is Nightwish from Finland. What kind of music do they play? You’ll see it, I mean you’ll hear it. At the moment, they are between two albums, and two tours. They may be preparing new songs under the radar, so I have no information about it. I don’t feel like writing about their past, about their former albums. I would rather write about other groups and singers who like performing covers. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

You rang M'Lord

As the title of this blog indicates I’m involved in learning American English. However, it doesn’t mean that I avoid every piece of material from the United Kingdom. I have some favorite musical groups (such as Deep Purple, or Iron Maiden) from Great Britain and I also like some funny movies or TV series.  In this post, I’d like to introduce you to a funny series from the BBC entitled “You rang M’Lord”. It was broadcast between 1990 and 1993 on BBC. The episodes show a house of an aristocratic family in the 1920s, contrasting the upper-class family and their servants in a house in London. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Cot vs caught - Short O and AW sounds

Hi Everyone, 

A couple of weeks ago I began to introduce the American vowels in pairs. The first pair was Sheep vs ship - Long E (EE) and Short I (IH), the second one was Cattle vs kettle - Short A (AA) and Short E (EH), and then the third one was Suit vs soot – Other OO (OO) and Other U (UH). And now I’m going to speak about the [ɑ] (Short O - AH) and the [ɔ] (AW)  sounds.


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Interview with Kate

You could realize that some of the last blog posts were reviewed by Kate. I asked some questions about her. So I decided to conduct an interview with her after other excellent teachers from Georgia (Gardeniafly) and Jamie (who is a great TOEFL teacher). So welcome Kate from Atlanta, Georgia.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Out of time

Hey guys,

I get several question about my next post here. Well, you're right. At the beginning I posted more. I have two unfinished series:
- American English vowels,
- tricks of T sounds,
- interviews.
These series are not interrupted, I'm going to continue them. 
My next posts are written right now, but I can do it slower than at the beginning. I've published 27 posts. My target is to reach the 40th post (this one is not counted).
I call your attention to my facebook page and in this facebook group. On my facebook page and facebook group I publish short posts about interesting issues about American English. In addition, there are some enthusiastic guys who also post over there. When I finish the 40th post here the facebook page and facebook group will stay active. So I invite you to join me on facebook as well.

If you want to watch nice videos about American English just follow Rachel's English on youtube. I also recommend Mandy's

I'm going to post an interview with Kate very soon.

Bye bye,


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tricks of T sound 3 – What happens with T (or D) sound between two consonants

Hi everyone,

After the flap T, and glottal stop  let’s see what can happen with the T (or D) sound between two consonant sounds. Try to pronounce the word exactly”. Its “official” pronunciation is /ɪgˈzæktli/. It means that the T sound should be pronounced but it’s not so easy, especially in quick everyday speech. So what happens in real everyday conversations, or even in formal situations? I have an easy job now. What I will do is only refer to one of Rachel’s recent videos.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tricks of American T sound 2. – Glottal stop

In the previous post, I introduced the Flap T with the help of Jennifer’s video channel and I also mentioned Rachel’s and Mandy’s materials. It means that sound T can be pronounced as a soft D sound in specific situations (between vowels – or sound L and R, when it’s not stressed). T can be interesting in other occasions as well. You can hear something interesting when an American says these words: button, written, Clinton, mountain, fountain, sentence. In the dictionaries, you can see the “official” pronunciation of the “-ton”, “-ten” or “-tain” is /- tən/ or /-tən/ or /-tn/, but you can hear something else. This is called a glottal stop.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tricks of American T sound - Flap T

I have a series on American English vowel sounds, but I think it’s important to speak about consonants as well. I would like to begin with the 'T' sound. If you have learned British English the American T sound can be very tricky for you as it can change in several ways. First of all I would like to speak about Flap T.  In American movies you can often hear the 'D' sound rather than the 'T' sound (like in water, or city). It is one of the characteristics of American English and it’s accepted even in formal speeches, however some teachers (even from the States) consider Flap T as lazy speech, but they’re not right at all. You can hear Flap T everywhere.