Pronunciation

Level 100 = beginner/advanced beginner
Level 200 = intermediate
Level 300 = upper intermediate
Level 400 = advanced



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Level 100 and up

American English Pronunciation (Charles Kelly) - There are many minimal pairs drills here. (ex. thirteen/thirty; said/sad; see/she, etc.). The sound quality is excellent. Give it a try. There are also a few songs and tongue twisters to try. This is part of the larger site, "Interesting Things for ESL Students."
http://www.manythings.org/pp/



Level 100 and up

BBC Words and Pictures - This site will help your pronunciation, listening, reading and spelling! The accents you will hear are British, so you will be ready if you travel to London!

To Practice C-V-C words:(Consonant-Vowel-Consonant words like bag, hot, and cup). Try The Whirlyword Machine (make C-V-C words--are they real words or not!?).

To Practice Long Vowel Sounds: (like queen and play). Try the Poem Pack (10 animated poems which practice different long vowel sounds, Snap It (race the clock to find long vowel sounds), and Drag 'n' Spell (Drag the vowels to finish the words before your time runs out). Spend some time at this site and I think you'll learn a lot! http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/wordsandpictures/phonics.shtml

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Level 100 and up

ESL Pronunciation (Internet TESL Journal) - Links to over 30 activities/resources to help ESL/EFL students work on pronunciation
http://iteslj.org/links/ESL/Pronunciation/.

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Level 100 and up

Learn English (Jacob Richman) is a free, on-line, educational resource helping ESL and EFL students to learn English words. The flash site incorporates 40 topics, along with over 1,500 English words and phrases. When you click on a word or phrase you can hear it spoken. The high quality audio was created in a sound studio.
http://www.learn-english.co.il/

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Level 100 and up

Minimal Pairs (Interlink) - There are three minimal pairs drills with 10 samples each. Listen and see if you can hear the difference between b/v, r/l, b/p. This will be especially helpful for Arabic and Japanese speakers of English. http://eslus.com/LESSONS/PRONUNCI/PRONUNCI.HTM

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Level 100 and up

Phonetics: The Sounds of American English - This excellent site describes the mechanics of forming each sound. It includes a description of how to form each sound, a movie of a person making the sound, an animation of what goes on inside the mouth, and some spoken examples at
http://www.uiowa.edu/~acadtech/phonetics/english/frameset.html

Review by Kenichi Natsume



Level 100 and up

Authentic American Pronunciation (E.L. Easton) - Consonant sounds, vowel sounds, linking, reductions, stress patterns and more. You can listen, practice and take quizzes. Also includes some spelling exercises. A very useful resource at http://evaeaston.com/

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Level 100 and up

Sounds of English (Sharon Widmayer and Holly Gray) - Pairs of sounds are presented. There are descriptions, drawings, audio recordings and some video of mouth positions for different sounds. http://www.soundsofenglish.org/pronunciation/sounds.htm

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Level 100 and up

The Tongue Twister Database (EFL Playhouse) or International Tongue Twisters (Michael Reck) - Tongue Twisters are groups of words which begin with the same sound and are hard to pronounce--especially when you say them quickly! Practice these tongue twisters to improve your pronunciation and vocabulary.
NOTE: When the ad opens up in the Tongue Twister Database, just click in the close window to make it go away.
NOTE: International Tongue Twisters includes twisters in English and in many other languages. Just click on the link for the language you want!

Level 200 and up

English Pronunciation (Okanagan University) - CD quality sound over the Internet. Six units focus on a sound or sounds. Activities include a video of the mouth, teeth and tongue in correct position, minimal pairs, tongue twisters and dialogues. Includes "l" and "r"; "v" and "w", and other useful combinations of letters or sounds. New feature is the ability to listen, practice and record your voice in new "conversation" and "tongue twister" exercises (microphone required).
http://international.ouc.bc.ca/pronunciation/

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Level 200 and up
Rachel's English - This website was created to help people improve their American English pronunciation. At the core is a series of videos explaining in detail how each sound is created, as well as a blog.  You might want to start by looking at How to Use This Site.
http://www.rachelsenglish.com/



Do you want more?

See Larry Ferlazzo's Best Web Sites for Learning English Proununciaton at http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2008/03/31/the-best-websites-for-learning-english-pronunciation/

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Updated: 4/4/13