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:, 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.

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 47 – Pronunciation – Structure Words After Focus Words

It is especially important to de-emphasize structure words that follow a focus word. If a listener hears a pitch jump on a structure word after a focus word, the important focus word might get lost.

Listen to my podcast down below and underline the last content word in each thought group.

  1. A:Guess what? Dave is moving to Barbados. — B: I know, I’m going to miss him.
  2. A: Why did you take the bus? — B: Because I missed the last train.
  3. A: Look! There’s a dog here! — B: There aren’t supposed to be dogs on the street, right?
  4. A: Have you heard from Anupan? — B: No, I haven’t been able to reach her.
  5. A: Let’s meet her in front of the bank. — B: Great. I’ll be there around 4pm.
  6. A: What’s wrong with the food? — B: There’s a bug in it!
  7. A: I’m going to need the key later. — B: Ok, I’ll put it in the mailbox.
  8. A: Where was her passport? — B: It was in her hand!
  9. A: How was your holiday? — B: I enjoyed Singapore SOOO much!
  10. A: I don’t have any money on me. — B: I don’t either. How will be catch a taxi?

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!


  • 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.


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 3 – Episode 14 – Pronunciation Skill – Grammatical Endings Practice

Welcome back to another fresh week and another wonderful podcast for you guys.  Today is about underlining all the words with the -s/-es and -ed endings.  Note: Please don’t look at the blog before listening to this.  First listen, write down the words that you think have the endings, then check the block to confirm.

Another great exercise for you guys.  Write down your answers and get back to me.

  1. The interviewer asked me if I had ever…..
  2. As soon as Silvia gets home from work, she……
  3. Lee moved to Canada ten years ago, but he still……..
  4. Today people communicate with cell phones; twenty-five years ago they…..
  5. When Henry arrived at the hotel, he…….
  6. Max never carries any cash, so he usually…….
  7. Because Gina’s driver’s license has expired, she…….
  8. I didn’t think my rent included utilities, but…….

Additional task

Match the endings down below with the beginnings.

a. sat down and relaxed for a while before taking a shower.

b. finds it difficult to communicate with the natives there.

c. it’s not a problem.  I’ll find a way to pay them.

d. been convicted of a crime.

e. had to go to the department of motor vehicles to renew it.

f. pays with card.

g. communicated by sending mail to one another.

h. hops in the shower and plays with her dog.