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pronunciation (noun): the way in which we pronounce a word
pronounce (verb): to make the sound of a word
English is not Phonetic
Always remember that English is not "phonetic". That means that we do not always say a word the same way that we spell it. Listen.
Glossary of Pronunciation Terms
Definitions of words and expressions used when talking about pronunciation
Pronouncing The Alphabet
Listen to how we say the letters of the alphabet; and learn how to pronounce them correctly.
Word Stress in English with Quiz
The secret key to English pronunciation! Many languages don't use word stress but English does, and so must you! More about word stress in English.
Sentence Stress in English
Like word stress, sentence stress is a fundamental part of the English language. Your English pronunciation will improve immediately if you start using sentence stress! Learn more about sentence stress in English.
Linking in English
Linking is important in English. When we say a sentence, we join or "link" many of the words. Learn about linking here.
Homophones are words that have exactly the same sound (pronunciation) but different meanings and (usually) spelling. For example: hour/our or to/too/two.
English Phonetic Spelling
When speaking on the telephone, it is sometimes useful to spell a word using English Phonetic Spelling.
Printable Phonemic Chart
The symbols on this chart represent the 44 sounds used in British English speech.
Interactive Phonemic Chart
Click to hear each symbol and sample word. The symbols on this chart represent the 44 sounds used in British English speech.
Words that vary by a single sound, for example cat and cut, or fly and fry.
Contractions ~ pronunciation tips
How to Pronounce "-ed"
How do we pronounce the -ed in words like worked, played, divided? Learn to pronounce -ed here.
How to Pronounce "the"
How do we know when to say "the" or "thee"?
When to Say "a" or "an"
How do we know when to use the indirect article "a" or "an"?
What is it?
Why is this riddle in the EnglishClub.com pronunciation section?
Tongue-twisters are phrases that "twist your tongue". These English tongue-twisters are very difficult to say, even for native English speakers! Try some English tongue-twisters!
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