T is one of the trickier consonants to pronounce in English. Its pronunciation changes based on where it is in a word and what letters it’s next to. However, there are fairly consistent rules to how to say T, and once you learn them, T will become less of a […]

Pronunciation: The Letter “T”

Spoken English can be difficult to understand because native speakers not only speak quickly, but we also slur our speech. Quick, natural English links words together, making words in a sentence sound different than words spoken individually. Think of it like writing in cursive vs. writing in print. In print, […]

Pronunciation: Word Linking

Sometimes the relationship between English spelling and pronunciation is just ridiculous. This sentence has EIGHT different pronunciations of the same letter combination, “-ough.” “A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.” Listen to the sentence here: As you […]

Pronunciation: The Rough, Thoughtful Ploughman and the Tricky Pronunciation of ...