Free Pronunciation Lessons
From 2008 to 2011, Paul created hundreds of video lessons and audioblogs for GlobalEnglish and English Café, both now a part of Pearson English. Pearson English Business Solutions harnesses the power of technology and premium content to enable talent to communicate, collaborate, and operate in a common language – business English – whether down the hall, across continents, or across businesses.
These Pronunciation with Paul and Communication with Paul tutorials, a sampling of which are presented to you free here, feature instructional and entertaining guides to everything related to English pronunciation and prosody, from the schwa sound to the use of rhoticity. Though some lessons are geared more toward ESL (English as a Second Language) speakers, all English speakers should gain some knowledge of the language from these tutorials. Paul’s entire library of video and audio lessons is available to corporate members of Pearson One. Whenever you need more than the highly specialized training in British English or American English pronunciation for which Paul is celebrated, he is proud to recommend Pearson to his clients.
To view the videos, click the link and open the video with the program of your choice (for example, Windows Media Player or QuickTime). To listen to the audio clips, scroll down to the audio section (below the videos) and click the link of your choice, which will take you to a separate page where you will be able to play the audio file and also read the accompanying text. All content is copyright Paul Meier and Pearson English and may not be reproduced, re-posted, or otherwise quoted at length (other than under fair use) without written permission from both Paul Meier and Pearson. For additional coaching from Paul, see Skype/Phone Coaching and Accent Reduction.
Mairzy Doats and Dozy Doats: connecting words fluidly as you speak
Note: The additional blog and quiz Paul refers to are available only to Pearson English subscribers.
The Cool Bull and the Silly Sheep: two “relaxed” sounds unique to English
Note: The quiz Paul refers to is available only to Pearson English subscribers.
Trippingly on the Tongue: the rhythm of the English language
Rhoticity: how to treat the letter /r/
Rhoticity Part 2: how to treat the letter /r/ (continued)
Rhoticity Part 3: how to treat the letter /r/ (continued)
Rhoticity Part 4: how to treat the letter /r/ (continued)
The Tower of Babel: the splitting of languages
The Laughing Cat: the /a/ vowel
The Funny Monkey’s Double Lunch: the /u/, /o/, /ou/, and /oo/ sounds
Waterfalls: the /a/, /au/, /ou/, /aw/, and /oa/ sounds
Rory and Laura Rock and Roll: /r/, the most difficult consonant
This Moose Knows His Nose: the letter /s/
Note: The subsequent blog and quiz Paul refers to are available only to Pearson English subscribers.
The Lonely Goat Goes Home: the GOAT lexical set
Note: The URL Paul refers to has been updated to this. And the second stage of this lesson that Paul mentions is available only to Pearson English subscribers.
Viewing Wavy Whales: the letters /w/ and /v/
The Anaconda, the Rhinoceros, and the Hippopotamus: the schwa sound
The Singing King: the /ng/ sound
Sit Tight, Tom!: the treatment of adjacent consonants
Jeetyet? Skweet!: laziness and dropped consonants in spoken English
The Voice of Authority: how to command a room and captivate an audience during a business meeting
The Eyes Have It: developing good eye contact
An Accent-Reduction Case Study (Hindi)
An Accent-Reduction Case Study (Arabic)
The Values of a Dialect
Vowels vs. Consonants
Those Pesky “TH” sounds
That Crazy English “R”
A Global English Dialect?
The Peculiarity of English Spelling
The “L” and “R” Railroad Blues
The Ubiquitous Schwa
Voice, Power, and Persuasion
Hearing the Boundaries Between Words
Terribly Tricky Tongue Twisters