Pronunciation

Links to practice English sounds and pronunciation:


 

Diagnostic: 

Pronunciation Diagnostic (Advanced)
http://eslactivities.com/pt/index.php
The Perception of Spoken English (POSE) Test is a diagnostic test or tool being designed to help teachers and learners of English as a Second or Foreign Language to discover specific problem areas in the perception of spoken English. 

 

Segmentals (Vowels and Consonants): 

Phonetic Videos
http://soundsofspeech.uiowa.edu
Shows how sounds are pronounced in English. Do not worry about technical linguistics terms; just follow site to find sounds you need to practice. Also available as an app. 

Segmentals: Sounds of American English
http://soundsofspeech.uiowa.edu
This site contains animations, explanations, diagrams and videos of how to produce American English sounds. 

MSU American Vowel Sounds
http://tap.msu.edu/team/online/Default.aspx
This site contains a clear diagram of American vowel sounds, as well as exercises and audio recordings of sounds of minimal pairs.

American Consonants Sounds
http://www.msu.edu/~teamprog/cons_intro.htm#rl
This site has a clear basic diagram of American English consonant sounds, then examples and exercises for each consonant sound. It also includes commonly mispronounced consonant minimal pairs, then exercises, and finally a quiz for listening discrimination. 

Sound Endings
http://www.soundsofenglish.org/activities/ex1.htm
This site provides practice listening to final sounds. Fun games and activities. Can be done with a partner. 

 

Suprasegmentals: 

Word Stress
http://www.soundsofenglish.org/pronunciation/suprasegmentals/index.html
This site has a good explanation and audio examples of common word stress patterns. Fun games and activities, too.

Sounds of English
http://www.soundsofenglish.org/hollys_corner/topics/wordstress.htm
This site has aural comprehension practice with common word stress patterns. To practice, type the syllable that is stressed into the blank.

Rachel’s English

How to say HELLO! Greet Americans


A great site for self-paced pronunciation work.

Sounds of English
http://www.soundsofenglish.org/hollys_corner/hot_potatoes/wordstresspatterns1.htm
This site has aural comprehension practice with identifying syllable stress.

Pronunciation Around the World
http://www.forvo.com
This site provides user-submitted word pronunciations from around the world.

Word Lists
http://www.soundsofenglish.org/hollys_corner/hot_potatoes/syllable_scramble1.htm
This site provides exercises for identifying the number of syllables in a word.

Syllable Scrabble
http://www.soundsofenglish.org/hollys_corner/hot_potatoes/syllable_scramble2.htm
This site provides exercises for identifying the number of syllables in a word.   

Sentence Stress Rules
http://www.englishclub.com/pronunciation/sentence-stress-rules.htm
This site provides an explanation of sentence stress and rhythm with British native speaker models. There are no practice activities.  

Sentence Stress Practice
http://esl.about.com/od/speakingadvanced/a/timestress.htm
This site provides an explanation of rhythm, stress, and timing. It also has links to practice activities.  

Sound Scripting Practice
http://esl.about.com/od/speakingadvanced/a/scripting.htm
This site provides “sound-scripting” practice with audio of a native speaker. There is a focus on content over function. Warning: very ad heavy. 

Word Practice (Advanced) 
http://esl.about.com/library/speaking/blpronounce_stress_words1.htm
This site gives explanation of content vs. function words and some practice with audio examples.

More Sentence Stress (Advanced)
http://esl.about.com/library/speaking/blpronounce_stress_words2.htm
This site provides sentence stress practice. Good for academic use, especially among CAELC students. 

Computerized Speech Simulator
http://text-to-speech.imtranslator.net/speech.asp
This site allows a user to write a sentence in English and then hear a computer-generated speech sample. Fun site for anyone to use at home.  

Intonation
http://www.manythings.org/lar/
This site provides intonation practice. Users can listen and repeat intonation patterns. Warning: Can be hard to get this to load consistently.

Rhythm
http://www.englishclub.com/pronunciation/sentence-stress-rules.htm
This site provides an explanation of sentence stress and rhythm with British native speaker models.

American Accent
http://www.americanaccent.com/index.html
This company provides accent training with American English. Also contains helpful grammar tips.

Reductions
http://www.soundsofenglish.org/hollys_corner/hot_potatoes/unstress_cloze1.htm
This site provides practice with reductions. Listen to the speech samples and complete the missing words in the sentences.

Can vs. Can’t Practice
http://www.soundsofenglish.org/hollys_corner/hot_potatoes/can_cloze1.htm
This site provides practice with the “can” and “can’t” distinction.