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1. Our website is dedicated to helping anyone read and speak English using Pronunciation Rules. We use videos, quizzes, examples, and our symbols to enhance your learning.
2. There are always exceptions to every rule, but knowing the basics will guide you through at least 85% of the words. When I help people pronounce English words, I tell them to try and say it another way. Don’t get stuck on one-way of saying the words, because your one-way might be wrong.
3. Practice, Practice, and Practice!! The more senses you use, the better for your learning and retention. If you get frustrated take a break, relax, and try again.
**4. Success in learning – As with any learning, practice and learn a few pronunciation rules at a time in 5 – 10 minute spurts and than do something else. Next, come back and practice again. Be positive and enjoy learning a new language, it will sink in faster.
This website uses a few simple symbols and colors to help guide you from simple to complex words. Explanations will be given throughout the website and not just here.
1. If letter(s) are RED, do not pronounce the letter(s).
Example: KNEE, TWO, ATE, VOTE
2. If letter(s) are ORANGE, pronounce the letter(s) as a soft sound.
Example: GEL, GENE, GEM
3. If letter(s) are GREEN, pronounce the letter(s) as a hard sound.
Example: EGG, GUN, GREEN
4. If a vowel (a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y) letter(s) are underlined, you will say the long sound of the vowel. Otherwise the Vowel or vowels will have a short sound.
Example: ATE, EAT, BITE, GO, USE
5. If letters are in ITALICS, than the letters will have a combined sound or dfferent sound as indicated within parenthesis.
Example: INVITATION (shun) or ABILITY(E)
In the second word example ‘ability’, the ‘y’ will sound like a long ‘E’ vowel sound.
These colors and symbols can be mixed within a word to further help you.
Next, follow these steps below in order.
These steps are located under the Categories Section on the sidebar.
Step 1. Learn the basic Vowels (a, e, i, o, u and sometimes y)
Step 2. Learn the Consonants (b, c, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, v, w, x, z)
Step 3. Learn the Silent Letters
Step 4. Learn the Vowel Blends
Step 5. Learn the Consonant Blends