Author Archives: Adrian Underhill

1-day pron workshop with Adrian Underhill, Jan 16th, London

“Integrating pronunciation and using the ‘Pron’ chart” Part of the English UK Training Day programme for 2016, this 1-day practical workshop is for teachers and trainers who want to further their own skills and knowledge in this increasingly important area. … Continue reading

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Complete series of 39 x 3-minute pronunciation videos now available

Happy New Year! I wish you all rewarding breakthroughs and discoveries in learning and teaching pronunciation in 2016! I’m happy to say that the entire series of 39 x 3-minute pronunciation teacher training videos is now available here. The videos … Continue reading

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Comfortable Intelligibility 2

In the previous post on Comfortable Intelligibility – I suggested using the three levels of pronunciation (Level 1: Sounds: Level 2: Words: Level 3: Connected Speech) as a kind of practical ladder for moving up and down between the whole … Continue reading

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Comfortable Intelligibility

Our goal is comfortable intelligibility in connected up speaking and listening. Pronunciation is a core ingredient of comfortable intelligibility and must always be in the service of this greater goal. For me as learner and teacher pronunciation is more than … Continue reading

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In Pursuit of Comfortable Intelligibility

Last month I made a pronunciation workshop and lecture tour in Thailand, Vietnam and China. It was immaculately organised by the local teams of Macmillan Education and attended by lively, interesting and informed local teachers. And they talked about the … Continue reading

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The Story of Sounds: Episode 25: Discovering the vowel /æ/

Example words: cat, app, fab, add, taxi, sanction, accurate, vocabulary, language, catch, vanish, narrow General setting of /æ/: The lips are spread and quite open, and the jaw is lowered. The lips being open and spread may give a slight … Continue reading

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The Story of Sounds: Episode 24: Discovering the vowel /ɑː/

The Story of Sounds: Episode 24: Discovering the vowel /ɑː/ You can think of a vowel sound as the result of the shape of the tongue coupled with the resonant space in the mouth created by lip shape and tongue/jaw … Continue reading

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Sound Foundations: Teacher Training Videos update

Here is an update of links to my new 3-Minute pronunciation video series, other recent teacher training videos, articles and resources including the Sounds App and The Interactive Phonemic Chart (British and American English versions) 1.. The first 24 of … Continue reading

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The Story of Sounds: Episode 23: Discovering the vowel /ʌ/ part 2

You can think of a vowel as the result of a certain position of the tongue, jaw and lips. You can also think of a vowel sound as the result of a shape (of the tongue) and a resonant space … Continue reading

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The Story of Sounds: Episode 22: Discovering the vowel /ʌ/ part 1

In the previous 21 episodes of the Story of Sounds we have explored 24 consonants and 8 monophthong vowels. I have tried to tell their stories from the inside, not offering the external technical descriptions you might find in a … Continue reading

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