Pronunciation, Stress and Intonation

Have you ever heard of a “glottal stop”or a schwa? On this page you’ll find some activities to help you improve your pronunciation and also help your listening by making you aware of common deviations from “received English.”

Here’s a recorded interview about “Estuary English” with transcript, that will prepare you for some of the deviations from “received English.”

Pronunciation of the “ed” ending for the past tenses of regular verbs.

…and a video that gives a clear explanation of the glottal stop (known as “glottalizing”). Here’s a challenge for you: go to this site, a tutorial on Microsoft Teams, listen for a minute or so, and send Judy all the glottal stops you hear! (first example: “let’s get into it”)

Here’s a document that covers some aspects of English pronunciation.

Are you a victim of the quirks of English pronunciation ? We’ve already looked at Glottal Stops (above). Is your understanding also affected by D’s for T’s/Missing T’s, telescoping or the ubiquitous schwa?

What is a Limerick? Try Roger’s Limerick exercises to help you with stress and schwa-spotting. (coming soon)

This page still under construction 12/09/2020 – lots of goodies to come! be patient