Tara’s ESL VLOG: American Pronunciation – Part 1 – The Alphabet

Here is the first video in a series of videos I want to share with you about pronunciation. We begin today with the Alphabet – something that you have probably already studied and learned – which is the BASE for a good accent and proper pronunciation in English.

The English alphabet has 26 letters in it – 5 vowels (a, e, i, o, u) and 21 consonants. The vowels are the SOUNDS of English, and the consonants are what SHAPE those sounds. The “Alphabet” that you know is made of the NAMES of the letters, and NOT the sounds they make. Please keep this in mind – this is the most important part about today’s lesson. The Alphabet does not tells us how to pronounce words correctly – but rather tells us the NAME of each letter. I hope this is clear. In the next few videos we will practice with the SOUNDS of English, but for now let’s keep it simple. With that said, let’s begin this series with a review of the names of the letters of English. You can go ahead and repeat after me in order to practice.

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