We Celebrated! How To Pronounce Past Tense

Today we Celebrate Our Anniversary! And yesterday we “celebrated”!  Since we are always talking about past events, let’s learn how to pronounce the -ED using the American English Pronunciation.  With regular verbs, we add an -ed to the verb to change the word to mean something that has happenED in the past. There are a few different ways to pronounce the ED sound, so to simplify this for you, here are the 2 most important pronunciation changes:

  1. If the verb ends in a T or a D, you will add an extra syllable at the end.

That extra syllable will sound like “did”

pound + ed (pounded) will sound like “poun-did” and wait + ed (waited) will sound like “wai + did”

2.   All other verbs will have a small sound at the end of the word.

cook + ed = “cookt

play + ed = “playd

Listen to this lesson and practice repeating after me.

And by the way, Happy Anniversary. It’s been 4 years since I have been recording my podcast. And thank you for listening!

Please comment below about  verbs + ed that  you have questions about.

Pam is Moving!

The Podcast that is! Pronouncing English With Pam Podcast is now on Spotify, iTunes, Google and more. Currently, updating each lesson for clear instructions and practice. I have over 150 podcasts to update, so each week, there should be plenty for you to listen to! Subscribe and share with your friends. Please contact me with your ideas for future lessons. As they say I am “all ears” for suggestions to make these lessons better for you.

I will be highlighting many of these lessons with additional information and behind the scenes fun facts. For now, listen to Episode 20 top 10 list of  words that are commonly mispronounced.  Let me know what you think!

Pronouncing the “it” States

“You can never trust spelling to guide you with pronouncing English words”

Today’s lesson gives true meaning to this quote that I find myself repeating many times a day. The English spelling system is not consistent. One letter does not represent one sound.  Listen to the lesson about using the most popular vowel sound. Learn what it means to stress a syllable in the word and how to reduce syllables in a word. This lesson is 7 minutes long. Email me for the written lesson. Just write STATES in the subject line.  Pam@proaccentcoaching.com

 

My Personal Picks

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!

A New Year means New Beginnings. But for some reason I wanted to reflect back and review some of my favorite recordings, and tell you about the most popularly viewed recordings. I can’t believe it but the recording called, Ring, Ring Hello! currently has over 1,000 listeners. It’s been played in over 50 Countries. You never know what is going to become popular. Unless it’s stuck on constant replay-it must be a favorite somewhere!

Listen to My Personal Picks and you will hear my favorite lessons for you

If you’d like to see my playlists (and listen to all 98 lessons) LOOK HERE 

We have a whole new year to keep learning from each other.

Are you ready?

Oh No! Pronouncing O

Pronunciation Roadblocks For Saying “O”        Can Vary

While many people are good at saying the first part of the sound, MOST do not say the crucial second part.  Everyone will wonder how you did it,  HERE IS THE KEY TO SOUNDING GREAT

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Use your voice like this pro!

Use Your Voice Like A Pro!

Using Your Voice Like A Pro Learn how to stretch your voice and raise your pitch. This is the cornerstone of learning how to make your voice sound more natural and native to English. Raising your pitch while placing stress on words will help the listener hear what you are saying! First let’s learn how […]

Ordering At Starbucks-Varieties of Coffee and L Sounds!

Practice the American English pronunciation when learning how to order sizes, flavors and menu choices from Starbucks. Let’s listen to some of the L pronunciations. I guarantee you will learn a new pronunciation in this lesson! Listen to this recording and review the words listed below.

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Pronouncing “Of”- A Small Word That Needs A Lot OF Work!

Today’s lesson can change your English from it sounds okay  to  you sound great!
 Say the word “of” flawlessly
while connecting “of” in your conversation

Listen to this lesson. The sentences used in this lesson are below

Pronouncing AND in everyday conversations

Understanding the English Melody

Let’s give some attention to those tiny, small words when we are talking.

Understanding the English melody, or the musicality of speaking, is an ebb and flow of emphasizing main words and reducing the little insignificant words in the same phrase.  After all, we have to reduce some words in order to highlight the main words.

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Pronouncing “Clothes” and other related words!

Pronouncing “Clothes” and Other Related Words!

American English pronunciation is so confusing because the spelling is unreliable. Today’s lesson is an example of the discrepancies of 5 words with similar spellings and their pronunciations. Wow! The good news, is that we will take care of a few of these challenging words right now!

In today’s lesson, we have words that are written the same but pronounced differently-and- words that are spelled differently and pronounced the same. American English is so weird! Listen to the following recording and read the descriptions of each word below! I encourage you to listen to the recording and read along. Then listen to the recording again and repeat the sentences without reading along! That way, you are practicing TALKING not READING!

You can do it!

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