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Learn English Pronunciation - Vowels

Youtube videos are a great way to demonstrate some of these concepts - you can see exactly what I’m suggesting, hear pronunciation examples, etc.  Enjoy!

Video Tutorials

Pronunciation Tutorials   –   Vowels: Height, Rounding, Backness and the English Vowels

This is the last of the English IPA series.  I cover the 3 characteristics of vowels, and some of the basics of changing them to eventually match your target language.  If you want a hand memorizing this, either make your own deck using Anki (you can use my demo deck as a template), or get my English Pronunciation Anki Deck.  Enjoy!

Once you’ve seen the vowel video, you can use these charts to compare your target language’s vowels to your own vowels.  I’d highly recommend watching my French Sounds video (for learners of any language), because French is such a vowel rich language, and it will show you how to develop new vowel sounds out of the more familiar sounds of English

  1. French, German, Italian, English RP and GA

  2. Russian (compared with German, oddly enough)

  3. Spanish (and almost everything else): These are not extremely precise, but they contain so many languages that it’s still a wonderful resource

  4. Czech

  5. If you find a better chart for your language, please let me know, so I can add it to this list!

Currently available pronunciation tutorials:

    Consonants 1:  Voicing and Place

    Consonants 2:  Manner and the English Consonants

    Vowels: Height, Rounding and Backness

    French Pronunciation 1: The Sounds of French

    Walkthrough 1: The English Pronunciation/IPA Deck

Coming soon:

    French Pronunciation 2: The Spelling Rules

The English Pronunciation Anki Deck

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