Monthly Archives: February 2017

  • March Wind

    March is known to be a windy month. The noun, “wind” has a different vowel sound than the verb, “wind”. Just as a sea “bass” has a different vowel sound than a “bass” drum. Same spelling — pronounced differently! In American English, you can’t be sure how a word is pronounced from its spelling. A […]

  • President’s 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 “President’s” 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.

  • Let it snow!

    In some parts of the U.S., February is full of this fluffy, white stuff! In the phrase “let it snow”, the “t” at the end of “let” is pronounced the same as “d”. This is because it links into a vowel sound. When “t” at the end of a word connects to a vowel sound […]