Native-like English-7 keys

The 7 keys to native-like English

1-Consonants
2-Vowels
3-The Schwa sound
4-Word linking
5-The [t] pronunciation
6-Rhythm
7-Pitch


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It is in those 7 “keys” that the other layers are deeply embedded and thus any attempt to study the language should begin with an understanding of their mechanism and patterns followed by a physical training in replicating and reproducing those patterns and only in the process of accomplishing that will the students gain a true understanding and grasp the language.

PRONUNCIATION TRAINING DEMO

I will demonstrate to you how one sentence can contain all 7 keys. I strongly recommend that you use this page as a checklist or quick reference when teaching pronunciation. Here’s the sentence we are going to use for our demo:

I’ve been out of the house since morning I’m tired I’m hungry and I desperately need a shower!

Speaker icon1-Consonants

(All consonants are in red)

I’ve been out of the house since morning I’m tired I’m hungry and I desperately need a shower!

IPA (unnatural):

IPA (natural):

v bɪnt ɑv ðə hs sɪns mɔːrnɪŋm taɪɚdm hʌŋri ænddesprɪtli ndʃaʊɚ əv bən a ə ðə hs səns mɔːrnəŋ əm taɪɚ əm hʌŋri əndesprəʔli niː ə ʃaʊɚ

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2-Vowels

(All vowels are in red)

I‘ve been out of the house since morning I’m tired I’m hungry and I desperately need a shower!

IPA (unnatural):

IPA (natural):

v bɪn t ɑv ðə hs sɪns mɔːrnɪŋ m taɪᵊrd m hʌŋri ænd desprɪtli nd ʃaʊɚ əv bən aə ðə hs səns mɔːrnəŋ əm tɚəm hʌŋri ən desprəʔli nə ʃaʊɚ

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3-The Schwa Sound

(All schwa sounds are in red and shown in both natural and unnatural speech in bold letters)

I’ve been out of the house since morning I’m ti(ə)red I’m hungry and I desperately need a shower!

IPA (unnatural):

IPA (natural):

aɪv bɪn aʊt ɑv ðə haʊs sɪns mɔːrnɪŋ aɪm taɪrd aɪm hʌŋri ænd aɪ desprɪtli niːd eɪ ʃaʊɚ əv bən at̬ ə ðə haʊs səns mɔːrnəŋ əm taɪɚəm hʌŋri ən aɪ desprəʔli niːt̬ ə ʃaʊɚ

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4-Word Linking or Connected Speech

(All word linking parts underlined)

I’ve been out of the house since morning I’m tired I’m hungry and I desperately need a shower!

Linking CTV (Consonant To Vowel):

been out of /nat̬ə/; morning i’m /ŋə/; tired i‘m /t̬ə/; and i /naɪ/; need a /t̬ə/.

Linking CTC (Consonant To Consonant):

of the (The [f] in preposition [of] is frequently omitted prior to [the] in American English); house since (the /s/ in [house] and the first /s/ in [since] are pronounced as ONE slightly longer /s/).

Linking VTV (Vowel To Vowel):

hungry and /ijə/ (When vowel /i/ or /iː/ comes before another vowel, it is often succeeded by consonant /j/. That ensures a smooth transition from vowel /i/ to other vowels).

Find out more about the English word linking…

5-The [t] pronunciation

(All [t]s and [d]s are in red)

I’ve been out of the house since morning I’m tired I’m hungry and I desperately need a shower!

IPA (unnatural):

IPA (natural):

aɪv bɪn aʊt ɑv ðə haʊs sɪns mɔːrnɪŋ aɪm taɪᵊrd aɪm hʌŋri ænddespᵊrɪtli niːd eɪ ʃaʊɚ əv bən a ə ðə haʊs səns mɔːrnəŋ əm taɪɚ əm hʌŋri ən aɪ desprəʔli niː ə ʃaʊɚ

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6-The English Rhythm

I’ve been out of the house since morning I’m tired I’m hungry and I desperately need a shower!

Word Stress:

1-syllable words (o): i’ve (it’s technically 2 words but since contracted it’s listed as a 1-syllable word); been; out; of; the; house; since; i’m (x2); and; I; need; a

2-syllable words (Oo or oO): morning (Oo); tired (Oo); hungry (Oo); shower (Oo)

3-syllable words (Ooo or oOo or ooO): desperately (Ooo – the schwa sound between /p/ and /r/ has been omitted )

Sentence Stress:

i’ve been OUT of the HOUSE since MORning i’m TIred i’m HUNGry and i DESperately need a SHOwer.

Total number of syllables: o o O o o O o Oo o Oo o Oo o o Ooo o o Oo  (24 syllables)

Note: The time between one stressed syllable and another should roughly be the same but exceptions do exist.

Find out more about the English rhythm…

7-The English Pitch (known as Intonation)

Speaker iconPitch Height:

Pitch Movement:


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