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* American English Pronunciation Practice (Charles Kelly)
Sound Files (Using Flash). Minimal Pair Practice and Quizzes, Tongue Twisters, ...

* Phonetics Flash Animation Project - English Sounds [FRAME] (University of Iowa)
Requires Flash and QuickTime. Listen and see animation and video.

*'s Perfect Pronunciation Exercises (Merriam-Webster)
You don't need to register to use this part of the website.

American Accent Training - Intonation (Ann Cook)
Written for high-level students.

American Accent Training - Liaisons (Ann Cook)
Word Connections. Written for high-level students.

American Accent Training - Pronunciation (Ann Cook)
Written for high-level students.

American Engish Pronunciation: Listen and Repeat Machine (Charles Kelly)
Practice intonation, rhythm and pronunciation. New material uploaded every day at 15:00 GMT.

American English Pronunciation Search (Arul John)
Searches and plays .wav files from - English Audio Files (7,000+)
You can easily listen to an American woman from California say words.

Demonstration of phonetic transcription with audio (Tomasz P. Szynalski)
Listen to English words and read their phonetic transcriptions at the same time.

Diphthongs and Triphthongs (American & British English) (Paul Meier)
Click the words to listen, first slowly, then at regular speed.

English Phonology for Speakers of Other Languages: Common Errors (Ted Power)
Correction of common English pronunciation errors by ESL students.

English Pronunciation Guide for the Names of People and Places (Stuart Yoder)
Listen to audio files.

English Pronunciation Tip of the Day [FRAME] (John Maidment)
Written tips on pronunciation with embedded WAV files. The writer is British. - Online Pronunciation Laboratory (Tim Bowyer)
Pronunciation guides to 7 varieties of English.

John Maidment's Vowel Machine (British Pronunciation)
Click 'SPIN' then choose which of 3 words was said.

Learn 'Auld Lang Syne' (for New Year's Eve) (Charles Kelly)
Listen and repeat to learn this song.

Minimal Pairs - live or leave, etc. (Okanagan University College - Canada)
Shockwave with sound: bid-bead, gin-jean, grin-green, lick-leak, ...

Okanaga University College - Online Pronunciatin Materials (Brian Rhodes)
Minimal Pairs (Shockwave), dictation, video, ...

Quia Quizzes - Speech Activities - Main Page
Flashcards, Matching, Concentration, Word Search. Requires Java.

Rachel's English - American Accent Training
Many videos

Reduced Forms (Karen Barnes)
A table showing phrases that often use reduced forms of pronunciation.

Room 108 - Phonemic Processing (John Rickey)
Compound words, 3 syllables, initial consonants, replacing sounds, and consonant blends

Sounds of English (Sharon Widmayer)
Pronunciation help for learners of American English. There is some RealAudio sound.

Sozo Exchange - Pronunciation of Words
Advanced Vocabulary such as Acquiesce, Acumen, Aesthetic, Alacrity, ...

Symbols for American English Vowel Sounds (George Dillon)
See the symbols, click the link to here the sound (AU files).

The Anatomy of Vowel Production (
Requires the Shockwave plugin. Click to see tongue position and hear.

The English Alphabet (Anthony Hughes)
Sound Files

The Pronunciation of English Consonants and Vowels
A list of rules.

The Speech Accent Archive (English Spoken by Many Speakers Around the World) (English as an International Language)
Hear the same paragraph read by many people.'Please call Stella. Ask her to ...'

TutorPal IPA (American Pronunciation) (Rebekah Mattox)
You can see in detail how the sound is made while listening. Requires Java.

Virtual Language Centre - English Pronunciation
The Organs of Speech, Vowels, Consonants, .... Requires QuickTime

VOA's Pronunciation Guide - Names in the News [FRAME]
MP3 files to help you learn to pronounce difficult names that are in the news.

Vowels and Consonants of British English (
Click the buttons to hear the sounds (Requires Flash)

Words Aloud (Nicolas R Cueto)
2249 recordings of single high-frequency words. Multiple embeds, so pages may be slow. - 5 tips for losing your accent (Steven Bo)
A non-commecial page on a commercial website. Online Pronunciation Practice (Rebecca Allen)
American English Accent; Requires Flash - An Intro to the Phonetic Alphabet (Szynalski & Wojcik)
How to learn English pronunciation - Introduction to Phonetic Transcription (Tomasz P. Szynalski)
An article aimed at high level ESL students. - What is phonemic transcription? (Tomasz P. Szynalski)
Easy-to-understand description of phonemic transcription with audio recordings. - Why you should study English pronunciation (Tomasz Szynalski)
Why good pronunciation is important. - ASCII Phonetic Alphabet - demonstration (Michal Wojcik)
How to type English phonetic transcription on the keyboard - Words and Pictures - Poems
10 colourful poems with animations, audio and activities. (Phonics) - Pronunciation of Final -S/-ES 1 (Kaye Mastin Mallory)
no description - A guide to English pronunciation (Pawel Kowalczyk)
How to avoid the pitfalls of English pronunciation - A guide to English pronunciation (Pawel Kowalczyk)
Learn how to avoid the pitfalls of English pronunciation - an-o-matic (Randy McGuire)
Listen to words like can, fan, hand, land, man, pan, ran, tan, ... (Flash) - Pronunciation Master (Amanda Wu)
You can choose /iy/, then listen to fee, knee, tree, me, bee, feel, meal, ... (Tim Bowyer)
British English pronunciation using minimal pairs. - minimal pairs
audio files and images

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