• Presidents’ Day

    The letter “s” can sometimes be an “s” sound (e.g., case), and sometimes a “z” sound (e.g., rise).  Common spellings for the “s” sound are the letters “c” and “s” (e.g., peace, bus).  Common spellings for the “z” sound are the letters “z” and “s” (e.g., prize, lose). The word “Presidents’” has a “z” sound […]

  • Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Some non-native speakers say the “v” sound like a “w” sound. This is common with Russian and Indian accents. A trick for pronouncing the “v” sound is to think of saying the “f” sound. The “v” sound made with your mouth in exactly the same position as the “f” sound.

  • Super Bowl

    “Super Bowl” is a compound noun. Compound nouns are usually stressed on the first base word (SUPER bowl). Many Americans watch the Super Bowl, which is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL).

  • Hello(w) February!

    Do you wonder how to pronounce February? The word “February” is spoken as “Feb(y)u(w)ary”. In American English, we link two vowel sounds together with a “w” or “y” sound. The “w” and “y” sounds are in a class of sounds known as “glides”. Some vowel sounds in American English are “glided” vowels. That is, they […]

  • Nightlight

    Some nonnative speakers use the “n” sound for the “l” sound and vice versa. The “n” and “l” sounds are both made by touching the tongue tip to the gum ridge behind your upper front teeth, but they have important differences. For the “n” sound, the tongue is more relaxed, and the tongue tip is […]