How to Pronounce the Past Tense “ed”

Many Spanish and Chinese speakers do not pronounce word final sounds correctly. This creates an accent.

When they are speaking English, many Spanish and Chinese speakers fail to pronounce word final sounds correctly. If you do this, it contributes significantly to your accent.

One problem that arises are the sounds of the past tense “ed”.

In American English the past tense “ed” has three different sounds.

These sounds are: /d/ as in the word “loved”, /ed/ as in the word “wanted” and /t/ as in the word “stopped”.

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Accent Reduction for Indians, Part 1

Many Indian speakers who work with North Americans find that their colleagues and coworkers have difficulty understanding their spoken English.

This can be very frustrating if you have been speaking English since your youth!

If this sounds familiar you may find yourself wondering, “Why is my spoken English so difficult for American English speakers to understand?” One BIG reason is that most Indian English speakers never learned to use American English syllable stress.

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Accent Reduction for Indians, Part 2

As I wrote in Accent Reduction for Indians, Part 1, one of the most significant features of spoken American English is its use of syllable stress. Syllable stress patterns create a speech rhythm that American listeners use to identify words and make meaning.

When speakers stress each syllable equally, or consistently stress the first syllable, it makes their words sound very “accented” to American listeners and creates speech patterns that extremely difficult for us to understand!

Here is another story that illustrates the importance of using the correct syllable stress.

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The Benefits of Accent Reduction Coaching

Many professionals including: doctors, nurses, clergy, business executives, engineers, professors need to speak American English clearly and confidently in their work. These professionals understand that improving their spoken American English will allow them to communicate more effectively with business associates, customers, colleagues and friends.

That’s why many professionals are looking for the best way to reduce their accents.

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American English Pronunciation: Practice Techniques

One of the most frequent questions that people ask me is how to practice the American English and accent reduction techniques that they learn in their books and classes. Here are seven techniques that you can use practice.

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Voiced and Voiceless Sounds in American English

In order to speak English correctly it is important to recognize the difference between voiced sounds and voiceless sounds.

A voiced sound causes your vocal chords to vibrate. A voiceless sound does not cause your vocal chords to vibrate.

American English has about 15 voiced consonant sounds and 9 voiceless consonant sounds. All of the vowel sounds are voiced.

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Syllable Stress in American English

In English words one syllable always pronounced with more emphasis than the other syllables. The vowel in the stressed syllable is lengthened and clear. We call this emphasis syllable stress. Learning to use syllable stress is one of the very best ways to improve your English pronunciation.

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American English: The Dropped T Sound

When you listen to Americans talk in everyday conversations you may notice that the /t/ sound is often dropped after the /n/ sound. This is a very natural component of spoken English because it helps speakers to pronounce clusters of consonants more easily.

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American English Pronunciation Tip-Use Idioms

Every language has idioms and these often use everyday words to describe a message with a hidden meaning. In this lesson I describe three idioms that are commonly used in conversational American English.

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American English Pronunciation: The Sounds of C & S

Since English is not a phonetic language there is not always a one-on-one relationship between the letters in the English alphabet and spoken sounds. This can cause problems when you want to pronounce English words.

The 26 letters in the English (Roman) alphabet make more than 26 spoken sounds.

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