Monthly Archives: February 2021

  • March wind

    March is known to be a windy month in some areas of the United States. 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 […]

  • 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.

  • Fun Feb(y)u(w)ary

    There is a letter “r” after “b” in the word “February”, but there is no “r” sound there! Instead there is a “y” sound. (Crazy English, huh?!) Note there is also a “w” sound between the vowel sounds.

  • Let it snow!

    In some parts of the U.S., January 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 […]