{Patreon Special} Pronunciation Course | Phase III | Stressed Words in Sentences

Stressed Words in Sentences! The differences between content/focus words and function words. If you’re having difficulty enunciating words in a sentence, my pronunciation course (available on all Patreon badges) will help you. Video course, at request, will go up on Podia (after the first request). So make sure you ask! Nonetheless, join my Early Access Badge to get the full course!


Pronunciation Course | Phase II | Final Voiceless and Voiced Consonants

We’re back with final voiceless and voiced consonants! Another video that will help you with cutting off specific words, as well as identifying words with and without vibrations.

What signals the difference between voiceless and voiced consonants at the ends of words?

Voiceless                                                         Voiced

White                                                                                      wide

White beaches                                                                        wide beaches

Bus                                                                                          buzz

The bus stopped                                                                     the buzz stopped

Cap                                                                                          cab

Cap company                                                                          cab company

Listen and repeat each pair of words three times. “Stretch” the vowel in the second word of each pair.

  1. Lap/lab
  2. Rope/robe
  3. Cap/cab
  4. Wheat/weed
  5. Cart/card
  6. Spent/spend
  7. Back/bag
  8. Dick/dig
  9. Buck/bug

Fill in the sentences.

  1. Lap or lab                                Your notebook is in your _____________.
  2. Rope of robe                           You need a new _________. This one is worn out.
  3. Cap or cab                               I tried, but I couldn’t find a ____________.
  4. Spent or spend                        They ____________ every Saturday at the market.
  5. Cart or card                             I’ll take the ___________ to the checkout.
  6. Back or bag                             She said she would ___________ it up for me.
  7. Buck or bug                             We saw a huge _____________.
  8. Ross or Roz                             I would like you to meet my friend, ___________.

Practice II – Listen to each sentence two times.  Do you hear the correct or the incorrect pronunciation? Watch my video and circle the incorrect one.

  1. I need two pounds of meat.
  2. I can’t believe it.
  3. That’s a wide door.
  4. Leave the key on the dresser.
  5. They let us feed the animals.
  6. His backpack is in his lab.
  7. I’ll have a cup of coffee.
  8. It’s a major-league team.
  9. I received a one hundred-dollar prize.
  10. My friend just created his own writing blog.

Practice III

Look at the underlined words. Write the symbol for the final consonant words.

  1. Did you hear the door close? /z/                    He has close ties to his family. /s/
  2. Would you please excuse me? ___                You need a doctor’s excuse. ____
  3. I don’t have any use for my DVD. ___            We will probably use all of it. ___
  4. Many politicians abuse their power. ___       That was an abuse of authority. ___

Pronunciation Log

Read the phone message down below. Practice saying the underlined words with final voiced consonant sounds.

“ Hi, Ted.  We need a few more things for our holiday to Europe this weekend.  Could you please stop at the store on your way home and get these things: a can of bug spray, frozen peas, a loaf of bread, one red peppers, and a half-pound of cheddar cheese.  Oh, I almost forgot.  We need five big crab legs.  I hope you can carry everything in one bag.  Thank you!”

Send this to my email: arseniobuck@icloud.com, and I will evaluate you on how you lengthen each sound before the final voiced consonants. 

Tip: Pay special attention to your pronunciation of the underlined words.  Make changes, if needed, and submit it to me.

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


Thought Groups


Final Intonation

Connected Speech

Consonant Clusters

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


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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Pronunciation Phase III at discounted rate!

Welcome, everyone! For those of you who have been following and are learning ESL pronunciation, today is the day after my birthday and I’m in the season of GIVING.

For the next five days, you’ll be able to sign up for my pronunciation course Phase III for a discounted price of $9.99 (original 19.99). I’m now getting the hang of making promotions/coupons on UDEMY, so if you’re interested in having this course at a discounted rate, hit the link down below and use the coupon code.

Pronunciation Course

Coupon Code: 57C66B75400CC8C4865B

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.


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)


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 83 – Pronunciation: Rising Intonation in Yes/No Questions

We’re back with some more rising intonation! Today’s focus will be on yes/no questions.

In North American English, the intonation generally rises at the end of yes/no questions. In British English, it falls.

Practice in the podcast!

  1. Do the buses run after ten o’clock?
  2. Are we going to review today?
  3. Is it supposed to rain?
  4. Can you get to Denver by train?
  5. Hello. Is Mark available?
  6. Do you serve dinner on Fridays?
  7. Can you eat fried chicken with your fingers?
  8. Could you hold for a minute?


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 63 – Pronunciation – The Final Intonation

Welcome back, everyone! Excited to bring you guys today the FINAL INTONATION! This is going to be a great one and all of these will be in video very soon.

Intonation is the rise and fall in the tune or pitch of the voice. In fact, thought groups are sometimes called intonation groups because each thought group has an intonation pattern or contour.

So in this series, you’re going to learn what happens after the pitch jump on the focus word.

Fall: We’re not going on vacation this summer. (certainty or telling)

Rise: We’re not going on vacation this summer? (surprise or asking)

  1. Tired
  2. Sad
  3. Why
  4. Arsenio
  5. Sick
  6. Moving
  7. Where
  8. Thailand

Decide which one’s in my recording I use rise or fall with.