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  • The vowel schwa [ə]: small but important! | Knowledge from the experts

    The vowel schwa [ə]: small but important! | Knowledge from the experts

    We need to talk about schwa! So small, so difficult, essential to a good accent in English. We're serious about clearly communicating about language challenges for second language speakers of English, and especially accent reduction and pronunciation change. We hope you enjoy our natural, unscripted videos. We *won't* waste your time with promises of "super-hard things made easy", because that's mostly marketing. (Changing your accent significantly requires expert face-to-face guidance.) We *
  • Why is it hard to change your accent? | Knowledge from the experts

    Why is it hard to change your accent? | Knowledge from the experts

    We look at the fundamental issues that make changing your accent difficult, and discuss the importance of using good sources of information/training. We're serious about clearly communicating about language challenges for second language speakers of English, and especially accent reduction and pronunciation change. We hope you enjoy our natural, unscripted videos. We *won't* waste your time with promises of "super-hard things made easy", because that's mostly marketing. (Changing your accent
  • English TH - important issues | Knowledge from the experts

    English TH - important issues | Knowledge from the experts

    Everyone knows that TH is a common and difficult sound to learn in English. We explain frequent problems, confusions and the most important issues that you need to have control of when learning English pronunciation. Technically, TH is an "apicodental/apicointerdental fricative", meaning it's made with the tip of your tongue and your teeth, but we don't need to worry about terminology. We're serious about clearly communicating about language challenges for second language speakers of English, a
  • Pronouncing the English h sound, and what its called. | Knowledge from the experts

    Pronouncing the English h sound, and what its called. | Knowledge from the experts

    Understand how to pronounce a good English h sound. Not too hard, not too noisy (but don't forget it, either). And we also discuss the silly debate about its name: is it "aitch" or "haitch"? Video note: (1) The terms "vocal folds" and "vocal cords" mean the same thing. (2) Commonly known words in English that are not pronounced with an h sound: hour, honest/honour, heir, hors d'oeuvres, plus any words derived from these (e.g. honourable). We're serious about clearly communicating about langua
  • Overview of Australian English vowels, plus tips for learners | Knowledge from the experts

    Overview of Australian English vowels, plus tips for learners | Knowledge from the experts

    Here's a clear overview of the main vowels (short, long, diphthongs) in Australian English, with examples, plus some tips about vowel pronunciation problems faced by speakers of English as a second language. Welcome to our first Ear & Speak video (with a few moments of light-heartedness at the start). We're serious about clearly communicating about language challenges in English, and especially accent reduction and pronunciation change, which is why we've made these unscripted, relaxed and info