This is a VOICED sound which means Your Vocal Cords DO
vibrate when making this 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. Can you listen to your vocal cords vibrating?
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. Can you 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 should be slightly tense.
Your lips should be unrounded.
The middle part of your tongue should be in the upper 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
Choose the correct letter or
letters to complete each of the following words.
p_ _ _l
l_ _ _n
Note: the letter
or letters needed to complete each word all have the
Be an Animal
This sound is really easy to make if you simply think of
yourself as an animal. Make a growling noise like a lion
or a tiger and you will be able to pronounce 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)
MARK: Excuse me. Could you tell me where
the library is?
NANCY: Yes, it’s that way. You go three
blocks to Washington Street, then turn right. It’s on the corner, across from
MARK: Thanks! I’ve only been in town a few
days, so I really don’t know my way around yet.
NANCY: Oh, I know how you feel. We moved
here a year ago, and I still don’t know where everything is!
Could you tell me … is slightly more polite than “Can
you tell me …?”
Could you tell me where the library is? Notice that
“library” is stressed here because it is the word with the important
information. This is an indirect question, so the subject (the library)
comes before the verb (is). The word order is reversed in a direct question
(Where is the library?).
Yes, it’s that way. Notice the stress on “that.” The
speaker is pointing in a certain direction and wants to emphasize that
I know how you feel is a way of saying “I understand.”
Notice the emphasis on “feel.” The speaker wants to show empathy and
I still don’t know where everything is! Notice the word
order of where “everything is.” The subject (everything) comes before the
verb (is). This word order is different from the direct question (Where is
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