• Honor and honesty

    Some words are spelled with an “h” that is not pronounced, such as hour, heir, herb, honest, honor. The “h” would be omitted when adding prefixes to these words as well (e.g., dishonest).

  • Fuzzy Wuzzy

    American English has a lot of reduced sounds. These reduced sounds happen mostly in unstressed syllables. The “h” sound is reduced or omitted when at the beginning of an unstressed syllable as well, such as “in(h)alation”, and “(h)e”. This is demonstrated in the famous children’s rhyme where “was (h)e” is pronounced the same as “wuzzy”: Fuzzy […]

  • Surf the In(t)ernet

    When the “t” sound comes after the “n” sound, it is often not pronounced. It becomes a silent “t”. The word “Internet” is often spoken as “Innernet”. The silent “t” is especially common in phrases (such as “San(t)a Claus”), contractions (such as “didn(‘t) it”), and verbs (such as “wan(t)ed”).

  • Hello May!

    American English has “glided” vowel sounds. This means there is a slight “w” or “y” sound at the end. (The glides are the “w” and “y” sounds.) The “ay” sound in American English, as in “May”,  is longer than in some other languages and has a slight “y” sound at the end. To sound like […]

  • Ideal situation

    The letter “t” is sometimes a “ch” sound, as in the word “situation”. An ideal situation is a standard that seems very good and that which one seeks to attain. What is an ideal situation for you?