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Nothing is more frustrating than not being understood! You know the words, you've studied the grammar, but people still can't understand you. Why? Your vowel sounds. Vowel sounds are the breath and soul of a language, and if you don't get them right, you will not be understood. It's that simple.

But once you master the American vowel sounds, your English will skyrocket! People will understand you more, your confidence will increase, and -- surprisingly -- you will also understand other people much better. Your ability to make the correct sounds will greatly improve your ability to hear them when others speak.

This course is designed for intermediate and advanced learners of English, but an ambitious beginner will also greatly benefit and get started on the right foot. Sound and meaning are integrated in a language, so it is extremely important to get your pronunciation right. Let Vowel Power® show you how.

What you will learn:

  • How to correctly pronounce the 11 American vowel sounds.

  • How to identify and correctly pronounce dipthongs (2 vowels together).

  • How to identify the vowels Americans actually use--not what the spelling is!

  • How to hear and use the rhythm and pacing of American English.

How you will learn:

  • Videos are text-based, which means you can read along, and then close your eyes to review and practice. This will quickly develop your ear for the sounds and rhythm of American English.

  • Key lessons are repeated in different ways, helping you to learn quickly.

  • Go at your own pace. Pronunciation drills are used throughout the course, and you move forward quickly as you master each new lesson.

What are the requirements?

  • Students should have some way of recording themselves--either on their phone, with a recorder, or online.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Be better understood by native speakers

  • Pronounce English with confidence

  • Communicate more professionally

  • Understand more spoken English

  • Reduce or eliminate your accent

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for intermediate to advanced learners of English. Ambitious beginners will also benefit.
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  • American English

American English Pronunciation Instructor

With over 30 years experience teaching ESL to students from around the world, I developed a system, a course, for teaching the pronunciation of American English. Tested on students from China, Italy, France, Spain, Russia, Ukraine and more, this system works. I currently teach English at Rider University in New Jersey, and in the summer I teach ESL to international students. An avid language learner, I long ago understood the connections between pronunciation, comprehension, confidence and speaking fluency, and this course reflects that.

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