The Last Pronunciation Class You Will Ever Need

Do you notice that people ask you to repeat what you say? Or that people pretend to understand you when you can tell they don't?

It might be time to review the basics of English pronunciation.

It's possible that your English as a Second Language classes didn't do a good job teaching pronunciation, especially if your teacher didn't speak English as a first language. I have heard this story from hundreds of my English students!

That's why I decided to teach pronunciation the way that American children are taught in Kindergarten.

In a kindergarten classroom, American children learn the vowels, A E I O U, and sometimes Y.

Easy.

Next, American children learn that every vowel has two primary sounds: the short sound and the long sound.

This is the part that even my most advanced students usually don't know!

The letter A can be pronounced two ways. The short A sounds like the A in 'at,' and the long A sounds like the A in 'ate.'

Usually the silent E at the end of the word changes the vowel from short to long! That's why we don't pronounce the E at the end of so many words. But that silent E still has a function, and that is to change the vowel sound of the word!

So:

Short A: At, Ask, Am, Class.
Long A: Ate, Make, Name, Age.

The same is true for all of the vowels.

Short E: Red, Said, Help, Less.
Long E: Read, Speed, Meet, Even.

Short I: It, Big, Kid, Is.
Long I: I, Hi, Bye, Like.

The MOST common pronunciation mistake for English learners everywhere is confusion between Short I and Long E.

Can you pronounce the difference between these words?

It / Eat
Kiss / Keys
This / These

Send me a message to receive a complete pronunciation review, and I can teach you all the vowel sounds just like American kids learn when they are five years old.

You will leave class with a Google Document with lists of common words with each Short and Long vowel sound and a personalized assessment of your pronunciation. I will give you specific exercises with recordings to practice daily to become a more clear English speaker.

See you in class,
Rebecca


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Rebecca is a writer and editor in New York. She speaks Spanish and English fluently. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in English, and a Master's Degree in Writing. She is a published author who loves literature and is currently writing a collection of short stories. She lived in Colombia for five years, which is a long story. . . . . . . . . . . . . . I have a Master's Degree in Writing because my life is about language, communication, and words, so it's not incidental that I'm an ESL teacher in addition to being a writer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . I've been teaching on Verbling for five years now, which feels like forever! It's given me five years worth of customized teaching materials that I have developed through real people and real relationships with my students. . . . . . . . . . . . . . I always use a google document for each student. This way, I never forget anything about you or your lessons. Even if one month or one year go by in between your classes, I will still remember that you are an architectural engineer from Peru-- because I wrote it in the document, and took notes about everything you told me. . . . . . . . . . . . . . You are always able to access your personal document between classes to study and ask me questions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes! I am a grammar nerd, language nerd, and I love vocabulary lists and pronunciation lists, and I always give homework assignments. Luckily you don't get a grade, so the homework is always optional. We are all adults here. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Which brings me to kids-- I'll teach older kids (11+) if they are self-motivated and want to learn, but not if they aren't excited about learning English. . . . . . . . . . . . . . I listen very attentively, and I will never pretend that I understand you if I do not understand you. I listen to every single word you say and I will stop you if there is even one word that I did not understand, and use visual aids to clarify your meaning and help you learn to improve your understandability. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . My most popular classes are in: Writing, Pronunciation, IELTS Test Preparation, Personal Statement Support for University Applications, and Medical Professionals and Students needing support for the language-based aspects of Medicine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Surprisingly, not a lot of students have taken advantage of my Spanish fluency-- I promise I really am fluent having lived in Colombia for five years! Try me. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Honestly, some students just need to talk about their lives and ask for advice, because it's hard living in a new country and understanding a new culture. I've made a lot of great friends on this site in that way, and their English always gets better because of these friendships. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I speak with a clear, comprehensible New York accent (a North American 'TV accent') . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Specialized Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Medical Students and Professionals: USMLE Step 2 CS Clinical Skills Exam Preparation Medical Residency coaching, support in the language-based aspects of effective case presentation, handovers, and patient history taking. Editing Services for Medical Research Papers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . University / College Students: Coaching and Editing for Personal Statements Essay Coaching and Editing GRE Preparation Academic and Cultural Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Business Professionals: Presentation Editing and Coaching Interview Preparation Editing Promotional Materials Resumé and CV Editing Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spanish Speakers: Classes for beginners who speak Spanish but no English. I can provide Spanish to English Translation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inclusive of all countries, religions, cultures, ethnicities. LGBTQ Friendly. I aim to make my classes a safe, judgement-free space of support. . . . . . . . . . . . . Come hang out and talk. I promise you'll learn something. Warmly, Rebecca . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Want to read my stories and get updates on my writing life? You can follow me on twitter at wildbirdbecca. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . My trial lessons take anywhere from 15-30 minutes. I use them as a time to get to know each other, assess your English level, introduce you to my class structure and teaching style, design our lesson plan for our classes, and to answer any questions you have. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lateness Policy: I will wait for you for 15 minutes, and if you still have not arrived, then you lose your class, sorry. If you know you can't make it, please use Verbling's cancel feature. If I am five minutes late, it means that I am either preparing for your lesson or with another student, so please be patient. Thank you.
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Rebecca is a writer and editor in New York. She speaks Spanish and English fluently. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in English, and a Master's Degree in Writing. She is a published author who loves literature and is currently writing a collection of short stories. She lived in Colombia for five years, which is a long story. . . . . . . . . . . . . . I have a Master's Degree in Writing because my life is about language, communication, and words, so it's not incidental that I'm an ESL teacher in addition to being a writer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . I've been teaching on Verbling for five years now, which feels like forever! It's given me five years worth of customized teaching materials that I have developed through real people and real relationships with my students. . . . . . . . . . . . . . I always use a google document for each student. This way, I never forget anything about you or your lessons. Even if one month or one year go by in between your classes, I will still remember that you are an architectural engineer from Peru-- because I wrote it in the document, and took notes about everything you told me. . . . . . . . . . . . . . You are always able to access your personal document between classes to study and ask me questions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes! I am a grammar nerd, language nerd, and I love vocabulary lists and pronunciation lists, and I always give homework assignments. Luckily you don't get a grade, so the homework is always optional. We are all adults here. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Which brings me to kids-- I'll teach older kids (11+) if they are self-motivated and want to learn, but not if they aren't excited about learning English. . . . . . . . . . . . . . I listen very attentively, and I will never pretend that I understand you if I do not understand you. I listen to every single word you say and I will stop you if there is even one word that I did not understand, and use visual aids to clarify your meaning and help you learn to improve your understandability. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . My most popular classes are in: Writing, Pronunciation, IELTS Test Preparation, Personal Statement Support for University Applications, and Medical Professionals and Students needing support for the language-based aspects of Medicine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Surprisingly, not a lot of students have taken advantage of my Spanish fluency-- I promise I really am fluent having lived in Colombia for five years! Try me. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Honestly, some students just need to talk about their lives and ask for advice, because it's hard living in a new country and understanding a new culture. I've made a lot of great friends on this site in that way, and their English always gets better because of these friendships. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I speak with a clear, comprehensible New York accent (a North American 'TV accent') . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Specialized Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Medical Students and Professionals: USMLE Step 2 CS Clinical Skills Exam Preparation Medical Residency coaching, support in the language-based aspects of effective case presentation, handovers, and patient history taking. Editing Services for Medical Research Papers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . University / College Students: Coaching and Editing for Personal Statements Essay Coaching and Editing GRE Preparation Academic and Cultural Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Business Professionals: Presentation Editing and Coaching Interview Preparation Editing Promotional Materials Resumé and CV Editing Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spanish Speakers: Classes for beginners who speak Spanish but no English. I can provide Spanish to English Translation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inclusive of all countries, religions, cultures, ethnicities. LGBTQ Friendly. I aim to make my classes a safe, judgement-free space of support. . . . . . . . . . . . . Come hang out and talk. I promise you'll learn something. Warmly, Rebecca . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Want to read my stories and get updates on my writing life? You can follow me on twitter at wildbirdbecca. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . My trial lessons take anywhere from 15-30 minutes. I use them as a time to get to know each other, assess your English level, introduce you to my class structure and teaching style, design our lesson plan for our classes, and to answer any questions you have. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lateness Policy: I will wait for you for 15 minutes, and if you still have not arrived, then you lose your class, sorry. If you know you can't make it, please use Verbling's cancel feature. If I am five minutes late, it means that I am either preparing for your lesson or with another student, so please be patient. Thank you.
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