Pronunciation Course | Phase I | Speech Profile

Before we begin, I wanted to make this as interactive as possible.  What you’re going to do is send me a video – yes – a video of you speaking and giving a thorough introduction of yourself (if you want to do an audio, that’s ok, too).

Why? I want to give you feedback on your pronunciation before we begin the course.  If I don’t, we’ll never know exactly if you will have improved or not.  So, your introduction will be based on the questions down below.

  • Your name, where you’re from
  • Tell me about your hobbies, interests, passion
  • Reasons for taking my course, areas you would like to improve
  • Your overall goal as a non-NES speaker (or Native Speaker)

Pronunciation Features

Consonant Sounds

Vowel Sounds

Grammatical Endings

Word Stress

Rhythm

Thought Groups

Focus

Final Intonation

Connected Speech

Consonant Clusters

After you submit your recording, I will grade you in the areas above before sending it to you.

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Pronunciation Course | Phase I | Introduction

Welcome to my first ever ESL pronunciation course!  First and foremost, thank you for taking the time, and money, to join this course so that you can learn different techniques which you can apply immediately in every day conversation.

The goal of this course is to help you with the different layers of English pronunciation.

  1. Pronunciation Profile/ Overview
  2. Sounds & Syllables
  3. Stress in Words and Sentences
  4. Thought Groups and Intonation
  5. Connected Speech
  6. Vowel and Consonant Sounds

I’ve been teaching English pronunciation for quite some time, so now it’s time to convert this into a course for you guys to use immediately.

Before taking this course, we need to understand what your needs and goals are.

Check the three most important.

  • Participating in casual conversations with native speakers
  • Participating in meetings or discussions at work or school
  • Asking and answering questions in the classroom
  • Talking on the phone
  • Communicating online (social media platforms)
  • Giving short reports or presentations at work or school
  • Teaching English as a second language
  • Interacting in the community
  • Using English for international business communication.
  • Other ________________________________.

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Arsenio’s ESL Pronunciation Course: Introduction to Phase III!

Grateful! The third course will be launched within a week, and for all my YouTube family, if you’re interested in 2 hours of exclusive content and a follow-up of the previous two courses, let’s get into it! When I launch the course (or when it’s launched) I’ll be back to tell you guys where you can find the link. In the meantime, check out the content of my other two courses down below.

Pronunciation Course Phase II: https://www.udemy.com/share/102wQS/

Pronunciation Course Phase 1: https://www.udemy.com/course/arsenios-american-esl-pronunciation-phase-1/?referralCode=8C3941AAFB58102377C4

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Pronunciation Course Part III!

Course Content

You will learn:

  • Common stress patterns in words with more than one syllable.
  • How to make a syllable sound stressed in English.
  • Where to stress words with common suffixes.
  • The pronunciation of longer, multisyllable words, especially academic, scientific, and technical terms.
  • More about vowel sounds in stressed and unstressed syllables.
  • Basic rhythm patterns in phrases and sentences.
  • The kinds of words that are generally stressed.
  • The kinds of words that are generally stressed.

Learning outcomes:

  • Word stress in compound nouns.
  • Word stress in numbers.
  • Word stress in two-syllable verbs.
  • Word stress in two-syllable noun-verb pairs.
  • Word stress in Two-Word verbs.
  • Stress in abbreviations.
  • Know how to enunciate suffixes beginning with –i.
  • Suffixes –graphy and –logy
  • French suffixes
  • Initial stressed words in sentences.
  • Unstressed words in sentences.
  • Reducing structure words.

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Arsenio’s Pronunciation Course on UDEMY Debut!

Omg! The first of five phases are finally here to get your pronunciation up to par! After so many pronunciation podcasts, I’ve finally created a course (in five phases) for all of you who want to improve your pronunciation and communicate directly with me! I’m so excited about this because I know the majority of my pronunciation podcasts have had the most plays (in addition to my IELTS, TOEIC, AND TOEFL iBT/iTP, which are also getting created in course form).

So, after so many years of doing podcasting, here’s my first course (for ESL learners or people who would like to improve their overall pronunciation). Let’s go over some of the content.

Pronunciation Profile

  • I will determine your pronunciation priorities — the features that will most improve your overall enunciation. (I will do this by you submitting and recording for your needs assessment, as well as figuring out what level you’re at).
  • Explore some of the main reasons why you want to improve your pronunciation: everyday speaking, presentations, travel, business-oriented, etc.
  • Set personal goals for the course and beyond.

Into Chapter 1

I will preview the following things before going into phase 2:

  • Syllables and syllable stress.
  • Vowel sounds in stressed syllables.
  • The schwa sound in unstressed syllables.
  • Vowel and consonant symbols on online dictionaries and understanding phonetics.

For each video comes an assignment and homework. I suggest you download zoom so I can assess you and go over your assignments, too. I’m going to make this as interactive as possible, and you’re more than welcome to email me at anytime.

This will be reposted when the course makes it official debut with the link and other things.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 54 | Pronunciation | Fill In The Blank Practice

Ahhh, here’s goes one of my new activities for the years. I wrote out a paragraph about sports, and how it runs deep within my bloodlines. However, on my blog, which is down below, there are missing words that you need to fill in.  When you’re finished, send it to me for correction! Let’s see how you guys fair.

Listen to the podcast down below to fill in the following blanks.

Are you good at sports? I am. I love watching the little snippets on YouTube during ______________________ morning. My favorite is track and field, and it’s because I used to be a runner back in high school and college. I realized I wasn’t very _________________ I was in college, and I ended up quitting because my passion for it had gone away. What is your __________________? Do you like it? I also love NCAA March Madness. It is one of the most exciting sports in the world (________________________________) because the amount of _______ that happens. Parity is when the David, the lesser team, defeats the ___________, the bigger team. Another great thing about sports is that it keeps us healthy. I do at least 20 minutes of cardio a day and 3-days of ____________________ and strength work.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 39 | Pronunciation | Consonant Clusters Exercise

Welcome back to another pronunciation podcast.  This is a follow-up to what I talked about in my previous pronunciation podcast, which was the introduction of two, three, and four consonant clusters.  So remember, some languages do not have consonant clusters, making it very difficult for English language learners to pronounce.  Here’s a practice for you!

Cleaned up (sounds like clean-dup)

Find him (sounds like fine-dim)

Thinks about (sounds like think-sabout)

  1. fast — fast enough (sounds like fas-denough)
  2. cold — cold air (sounds like col-dair)
  3. since — since April (sin-sapril)
  4. fact — fact is (sounds like fac-dis)
  5. mind — mind if (min-dif)
  6. slept — slept in (slep-din)

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 59 – Pronunciation – Correcting Information

We’re back with some more pronunciation and today we’re going over the correction of information. I’m going to use the word “actually, “which is a softener. It’s useful when you are correcting a previous statement. If you introduce your response with actually, you will sound more polite.

Here are some sentences you can complete with friends.

  1. Mark Twain wrote the book The Lord of the Rings.
  2. Mt. Fuji is in Thailand.
  3. Australia is the biggest country in the world.
  4. The mini-mart is over there.
  5. Kyoto is the capital of Japan.
  6. Lunch is at twelve thirty.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 22 – Pronunciation: Introduction to Thought Groups

Welcome back, everyone! It’s time to dig deeper into Thought Groups!

Objectives

  • How to divide your speech into Thought Groups.
  • How Thought Groups help listeners process what is being said.

Fluent speakers don’t often organize their speeches into Thought Groups in English. If you look at Tony Robbins, for instance, he RARELY uses Thought Groups and that’s why it becomes very difficult for people to understand him.

However, other people like Vishen Lakhiani, Jim Quick, Tom Bilyeu and other entrepreneurs do……

Thought Groups Writing

“Hello/ This is Arsenio / he’s from America and teaches English here. / If you have any questions, / please feel free to ask.

That’s how thought groups are divided.

Practice

In my podcast, practice the thought groups you see down below.

  1. 7-week-long vacations /// 7/ week-long vacations.
  2. 3-hour-long exams /////// 3 / hour-long exams.
  3. 49-cent stamps ////// 40 / 9-cent stamps
  4. Please call me Ben. /////// Please call me, Ben.
  5. Who’s hiring Julia? //////// Who’s hiring, / Julia?
  6. Slow men working. ////// Slow/ men working.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 15 – Pronunciation – Using Thought Groups

We’re finally bringing in THOUGHT GROUPS. Now, these will be explained in more detail in the coming months, but I wanted to introduce it to you today.

A thought group is a group of words in a sentence that are pronounced together as a unit by pausing briefly between them.

There are no fixed rules for thought groups. Thought groups are often based on grammatical units:

I made the swim team. (a short sentences = one thought group)

I made the swim team / at my school. (the prepositional phrase is a second thought group)

Listening in Podcast

Listen to the podcast and draw a line between the thought groups in the sentences down below.

  1. What do identification cards tell us about who someone is?
  2. An ID card from India will include about 16 personal details.
  3. I hope to be a skillful doctor some day.
  4. The lab used several samples before they got a good match.
  5. The patterns in the iris of the eye are unique to every individual.

Practice

We all have hopes and dreams. Part of achieving a dream, for example, becoming a civil engineer, is being able to envision your future self in that identity. One consideration is your skills and abilities. Evaluate what you can do now, what you know, and what skills and knowledge you still need to learn to attain your goal. Then make a plan for how to learn what you need to know. Your plan will help you feel in touch with your future identity.

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