In Canadian English, there are several ways to pronounce the letter /T/. This depends on where the letter is in the word and whether it begins a stressed syllable or not. If so, the sound is sharp and has quite a bit of air. […]
I have often heard the pronunciation stereotype for Canadians which states we pronounce the word “about” as “aboot.” But I always wondered where that came from since I certainly had never heard that.
Recently, I came across the following article which backs me up […]
What is the relationship between spelling and pronunciation?
I recently saw an article about the pronunciation of the word PHO, a popular Vietnamese noodle soup. Based on the spelling, most Canadians and Americans tend to pronounce the word as FOE (rhyming with the word NO.) […]
You CAN learn to speak clearly and be better understood when you speak English.
Do you have difficulties understanding and/or being understood? The ability to participate comfortably in a conversation depends upon language and context. Understanding the culture, being familiar with the topic and concepts […]
Having grown up with British parents, I got used to hearing words pronounced differently than most people around me pronounced them. We would often tease our mother as she pronounced A-LU-MIN-IUM which we pronounced A-LUM-I-NUM, or my name pronounced as HEATH-AH instead of HEATHER […]
I often write about the connection between music and language skills. I believe that music plays a huge role in how we develop our communication skills. I have noticed that very few of my accent students have ever studied music which seems to indicate […]