This is an UNVOICED sound which means Your Vocal Cords DO
NOT vibrate when making the sound.
LISTEN to your Vocal Cords vibrating if you cover
your ears with your hands.
Try covering your ears with your hands as Akiko is doing in
Now make the sound of this lesson. You cannot listen to your vocal cords vibrating.
CANNOT FEEL your Vocal Cords vibrating if
you place your hands on your neck.
Try placing your hands on your neck as Akiko is doing in the
Now make the sound of this lesson. You cannot feel your vocal
The following diagram shows the most important parts of your
head and mouth used for pronouncing the sounds of English.
It also shows the location of your Vocal Cords.
and tongue position
The following descriptions explain the proper mouth, lips,
and tongue position when you make this sound.
mouth releases air which is then quickly stopped.
Your lips are together at the beginning.
The front part of your tongue should be in the center part of your
Listen to the video and practice repeating each word.
Pronunciation practice words
Look at your mouth in a mirror and practice pronouncing
the following words. Make sure your mouth, lips, and
tongue are in their proper positions.
Note: the red letters all
have the same sound (watch the video above)
Pronunciation word test
Try saying the following tongue twisters as quickly as
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many
pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?
I'm not the pheasant plucker, I'm the pheasant
plucker's mate, and I'm only plucking pheasants 'cause the
pheasant plucker's late. I'm not the pheasant plucker, I'm the
pheasant plucker's son, and I'm only plucking pheasants Till the
pheasant pluckers come.
Plague-bearing prairie dogs.
A pleasant place to place a plaice is a place
where a plaice is pleased to be placed.
Please pay promptly.
Pick a partner and practice passing, for if
you pass proficiently, perhaps you'll play professionally.
Finally Pronouncing Consonants
Hey congratulations. You spent the last 6 months
learning how to pronounce American English vowel sounds
in Fun Easy English. Today you will begin learning how
to pronounce American English consonant sounds.
Pronouncing P in English is really easy. Remember to
produce air from your mouth when you make this sound.
The following classroom lessons are great for students
who want additional conversation, listening, and reading
Conversation Lesson -
Level. Dialogs for everyday use.
Short situational dialogs for students of English as
a Foreign (EFL) or Second (ESL) Language with a
written conversation and a conversation notes
Dialogs for everyday use. Short situational dialogs for
students of English as a Foreign (EFL) or Second (ESL)
JOYCE: Should we take a taxi or a bus to
BILL: Let’s take a bus. It’s impossible to
get a taxi during rush hour.
JOYCE: Isn’t that a bus stop over there?
BILL: Yes ... Oh! There’s a bus now. We’ll
have to run to catch it.
JOYCE: Oh, no! We just missed it.
BILL: No problem. There’ll be another one
in 10 minutes.
Should we … or …? Is a way of asking “Which is better?”
“Should” is used to ask for an opinion. Note that we do not say “Will” here.
Take a taxi or a bus? The word “or” signals a choice
here. Notice the rising intonation on taxi (the first choice) and falling
intonation on bus (the second choice).
Let’s (Let us) means “I think we should do this.”
Rush hour is the time of day when most people are going
to or from work. In most American cities, rush hour is from about 7:30 to
9:00 a.m. and from about 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Notice that “rush hour” is a
compound noun, with the main stress on the first word.
Isn’t that This is a negative question. The speaker
expects an affirmative answer. It is used to check information.
Bus stop is a compound noun, with the main stress on the
Oh! is an exclamation used to express alarm or surprise.
Oh, no! is an expression used to express disappointment.
We just missed it here means “We arrived a moment too
late to get the bus.” Notice the emphasis on “just” to show the very recent
English conversation lessons. 30
lessons focusing mostly on communication and
lessons are for intermediate students.
(Beginner - Listening)
Avoid Ineffective Study Methods. An audio lesson to help
you study English more effectively. The English is
spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great English study tips.
Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this