How to Greatly Improve Your English Pronunciation in 8 Steps


“Can you say that again?”

How many times do you hear this when you’re speaking? Even if your vocabulary and English grammar are perfect, it can still be difficult for people to understand you because of your pronunciation.

Learning to pronounce English words correctly can be one of the hardest parts of learning English.

The English language has some sounds that your native language might not, so you will have to learn how to make completely new sounds.

Plus, English vowels make it really tricky to know how to say a word. “Way,” “weigh” and “whey” are all said the same, for example, while “comb,” “bomb” and “tomb” are all pronounced differently.

Ah! Yeah, we know it can make you crazy.

So that’s why we have eight tips for you, to help you pronounce English words better.

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Learn English with TV Series: Friends

Throw away your boring grammar book and start having a lot more fun learning English. Our channel is going to show you how much you can improve your English fluency but watching your favorite TV shows.

Step 1: Watch the scene with subtitles and try to understand as much as you can

Step 2: Study all the most important fluency aspects of that scene – vocabulary, pronunciation and connected speech, cultural references like jokes and situational humor.

Step 3: Watch the scene again without subtitles and really test your comprehension.

We have been using this method for many years now and seen amazing results with our students.

3 Ways to Quickly Build and Remember Vocabulary in English

Want to be fluent in English? Then you need to develop a good working vocabulary in the language. Vocabulary allows you to express yourself clearly in English, so you want to remember new words and be able to use them!

In this tip, learn how to build your English vocabulary and remember words more quickly. There are three steps:

Watch the video or listen to the podcast for a more detailed explanation and examples.

I hope that this helps you to efficiently build your vocabulary in English. If you do this consistently, you will soon be amazed with your fluency!

5 Secrets to Improve Your English Listening Skills

Mindset- When it comes to speaking English, you have to be your own biggest supporter. Go into your studies with a positive attitude and plenty of confidence. Click here to join a free training, the 7 Steps to English Fluency:

If you can get excited about your future success, making progress will be so much easier.

Listen, Read, Speak- Try and find different ways to practice your English skills. Don’t just read English; speak it! Listen to it! These actions will keep you on your toes and open your mind to many different ways of studying the English language.

Diversity- It is possible to learn about other topics while also learning English. Branching out to different areas of entertainment will build your vocabulary and challenge your memory and comprehension.

Guess First- Pay attention to what you’re hearing and the situations around you. Take a chance and guess what you might hear next. Learn to anticipate certain responses and vocabulary that you might need to use.

Understand the Big Ideas- A big part of speaking English is using the correct sentence structure. In the English language, we put stress on different syllables and raise our voices at specific places in our sentences. Once you can step back and take a look at the entire framework of English speaking, the words will come to mind more naturally.

BBC News Review: Olympics closing ceremony

The story

The Olympic Games have officially ended with a colourful ceremony in the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The entertainment included Brazil’s world-famous samba music. The president of the Rio organising committee, Carlos Arthur Nuzman said he was proud of his city, his country and his people. Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic committee, said they had been a marvellous games in a marvellous city.

Tim Allman – BBC commentator

Like the opening ceremony, the closing ceremony had plenty of fireworks and lots of vibrant colour.

As Carmen Miranda played, the athletes arrived. This time instead of separately, nation by nation, they came in as one, what was described as the spirit of togetherness, the Olympic spirit.

Then the symbolic handing over of the Olympic flag. Japan, the hosts four years from now, getting the chance to hint at what might be coming in 2020. The country’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, kicking things off dressed as one of the Super Mario Bros.

Key words and phrases

kick off
begin or cause sth to begin

pass the baton
give responsibility for something important to another person or group

wrap up
finish something

Fix these basic English pronunciation mistakes!

Do you make these common pronunciation mistakes? Good pronunciation is needed to be understood by native English speakers. In this important lesson you’ll have a chance to practice your pronunciation by hearing and repeating vocabulary. I chose words that many of my students pronounce incorrectly in my classes. It doesn’t matter if you speak Spanish, Hindi, Portuguese, Hebrew, Arabic, Vietnamese, French, or any other language – there is a good chance you have been pronouncing some of these words incorrectly. Fix these pronunciation mistakes today and you’ll get closer to having a native speaker accent, be understood more easily, and sound much more fluent in English!


Hey, everyone. I’m Alex. Thanks for clicking, and welcome to this lesson on “Commonly Mispronounced Words”. So, these are some of the common pronunciation mistakes that I have heard in my experience as an English teacher from new English learners. Now, it doesn’t matter if you’re Russian, if you’re a Spanish speaker, if you’re Korean, if you’re Japanese, if you’re Arabic – I’ve heard these mistakes come from all over the place. So, today, I’m going to look at some of the most common pronunciation mistakes, the most common mispronounced words so that you can fix these mistakes and never make them again, and you’ll sound more fluent, more natural. So, let’s do it.

First word: “ask”. Okay, so you were supposed to repeat, there. All right? Did you do it? So, again, it’s not: “axe”, but “ask”. So repeat after me: “ask”. Good. Now, repeat this question, repeat this sentence: “Ask him a question.” Okay, good.

Next, not: “boos”, but “bus”. Repeat it one more time, one more time. “Bus”. Okay, so it’s “uh”, right? It’s an “uh” sound. It’s not “oo”, but “uh”, “bus”.

Now, there’s a trick here because the next word is “busy”, and some students confuse this, because they actually know how to pronounce “bus”, but then they try adding the same pronunciation rule from “bus” to “busy”, and they say “busy”, which is not correct. So, the correct word… The correct pronunciation of this word is “busy”. So, repeat after me one more time: “busy”. Excellent.

Next, very common mistake, especially when students try to say it in a weird, plural way. So, I had a Korean student who was reading Edgar Allan Poe, and the word “clothes” is in the book a couple of times, like 2-3 times on one page. And she’s reading, and she keeps saying: “closes”, “closes”, “closes”, as if it’s plural. It’s not “closes”, it is “clothes”. Think of “open”, “close”, same pronunciation. All right? So, one more time, repeat: “clothes”. Perfect.

Next: “comfortable”. Not: “com-fort-able”. Okay? But: “comftrabull”, so repeat after me one more time: “comfortable”. All right, let’s take it apart. This one is a little longer: “com-ftra, ftra, bull”, “comfortable”. All right. It’s tough.

Next, not “edu”, but “edju”, “edjucation”, so there’s a “je”, “je”, “je”, “je”, “je” sound. Si… Excuse me. Such as: “judge”. Right? So, “education.” Repeat after me. “Education”. All right.

Next, not “famoos”, but “famous”. Repeat it one more time, faster this time. “Famous”. All right. So, the second part is a “miss” not “famoos”, a “miss”, “miss”, like: “I miss you”, okay?

And next, same thing, not “lettoos”, but “lettuce”. “Lettuce”. Okay? So, it’s “lettuce”. Good.

Next, not “prevate”, “private”, so “i”. “Private”. Exaggerate it a little bit, it makes it a little bit more fun. So, one more time: “private”. Now, in a normal conversation, you would just say: “private”. Okay? Now, that second part “vit”, “private”.

Next, the opposite of “private” is not “pooblic”, but “pu-, public”. Repeat it one more time. “Public”. It’s kind of like you’re just letting a puff of air let go from your mouth, “pu”, “public”. Okay, good.

And next, not “salmon”. The “l” is silent in this word, so a salmon is a fish, the most delicious fish in my opinion, and it is pronounced: “samon”, “salmon”. Okay, very good.

And next, not “stoody”, but “study”. “Stu-dy”. Okay. So, it is not “stoo”, but “stu”, it’s an “uh”, “uh” sound. So, repeat it after me very quickly, here: “study”.

And finally, the name of our website. Whew, now, this is a mistake that I make. Go back, listen to my videos, guys, I say “angVid” a lot, especially in like 2011, 2012, I say: “Thanks for clicking on,” I have made a mistake, everyone. It is “eng”. We don’t say “Anglish”, we say “English”. The name of our site is I’m sorry. Even I make mistakes.

So, one more time we’re going to go through the words from the top to the bottom, from the top again to the bottom again, and I’m going to ask you to repeat after me, so let’s do it. “Ask”, “bus”, “busy”, “clothes”, “comfortable”, “education”, “famous”, “lettuce”, “private”, “public”, “salmon”, “study”, “engVid”.