Let’s meet and learn together! 7 days to go!

It’s the first day of summer and let’s celebrate! Let’s meet next week and learn a slew of American English techniques using words that end in “ATE”.

In one hour, you will learn

  • 10 new vocabulary words and use them 20 different ways.
  • how to use your voice to indicate which part of the word the listener should hear the most.
  • how to pronounce two different vowel sounds. Pam will help coach you personally!
  • that it’s fun to learn together!

The class is Thursday, July 1st. so hurry!

choose class time:   10 am (EST)  or   5 pm (EST)

Email Pam quickly!   Limit 10 people per class

Class fee $20 usd.  Once you sign-up you will receive a PayPal link (for payment) and a Zoom class link .

Practice these two words in this week’s show. I have 18 more words to share with you. I can’t wait to hear how you sound!



What Science Do You Speak? Listen for 5 minutes.

Transcript for Pronouncing English With Pam Podcast Episode 32

Listen to the podcast and read along.

There’s a Microsoft commercial that says, “Half of science is convincing the world that it matters.” Isn’t that the truth? People that I have met have jobs that are so complicated it feels like they have to dummy it down to leave half of the information out when someone asks, “So what do you do for a living?”  

Let’s think about this, when people don’t understand what you are saying, it makes your job so much harder.

For example, a patient who doesn’t understand their doctor- the patient is not going to follow their doctors orders.

When a scientist can’t convince someone to fund their research because they can’t figure out what it is that the scientist is telling them.

How about an engineer needing to convince others that their ideas will solve their problems.

A good scientist needs to be an ambassador of their own work.

It’s better communication that’s needed, especially about things that are difficult to understand or subjects that are difficult to even talk about.

When I worked in the medical field as a speech therapist, I would often be sitting in a patient’s room and a doctor would walk in and talk to the patient and their family and everyone is looking like “this is great!” and nodding their head. The doctor would walk out and the paitent or the family would look at me and say, “What did the doctor say? I didn’t understand what they meant.”

So here, in communication, the doctor had no idea that they were not being understood.

There was not enough time taken to have a conversation. To be able to talk and listen, and to be able to tell that the other person did NOT understand.

So this can happen to all of us.  We think we had a conversation when we walk away, and the other person may have had…not a clue or didn’t quite get exactly what it was that you were talking about. 

Try this!

Look at the person or people that you are talking to. 

Even on a video conference call. Talk to the camera. Give the impression that you are looking at the listener. When you are with others, it’s important to give eye contact. Try to emulate this while you are on a video call too. Look at that little hole where the camera is. 

Look at the listeners body language. 

Are they leaning forward as if they are wanting to hear you better?  Maybe they can’t hear you well enough.  

Do they look confused? Are their eyebrows going down (a furrowed eyebrow)?  

Are they turning their head to the side a little bit, trying to hear you better?

Are they asking you a question that you feel you have already answered?

These can be signs that you are not being understood.

Be sure you are giving your full attention to your audience.

Remember to smile.  And to listen.   Pay attention.  Look at the person.  Respond.

This week, I want you to practice reading the faces of other people.  Practice listening to others and smiling and paying attention. 

Take the time to be a better listener, and you will be a better speaker.

I guarantee that others will feel that connection.

If the other person is talking and you are listening, they will walk away and think, “That was a great conversation!”

So try to be a better listener this week.

Interested in private coaching? Contact me anytime.


Practicing 3 Vowel Sounds in Head-Hat-Hot

The English spelling system has 5 letters that represent the vowels  A-E-I-O-U (and sometimes Y), but when talking, these vowels have at least 20-different vowel sounds!

Pronouncing English vowels are defined by changes made with the tongue, the degree of muscle tension (tense or relaxed), and lip movements. These tiny little changes make a BIG difference successfully communicating your intended words.  For example, the comparisons below show that if  you try to pronounce a word with one vowel sound, ex: head,  but pronounce the word with a different sound, the desired word may sound more like ‘had’, ‘hat’, or ‘hot’.   This week’s podcast will help you hear the differences and give you words to practice saying the differences.

Listen to Ep. 26  Pronouncing English With Pam Podcast


/ɛ/ This is a relaxed sound. Our mouth is open slightly, lips are neutral.
pen, men, slept, head, better

/æ/ tense sound (mouth open). lips are back slightly.
fast, had, slap, clap, man, pan, Pam

/ɑ/ tense sound (mouth is open the most), lips are forward a little or neutral.
stop, daughter, fought

Can you say these two words differently?

/ɛ/ – /æ/
head -had
men -man
guess- gas
said- sad
slept -slapped
end- and
then- than

/ɑ/- /æ/

How did you do? Do you have difficulty hearing the difference between words?  Tell me in the comments below!


Pronouncing OY- EnjOY!

Pronouncing American English vowel sounds requires a good description and model for you to imitate. After all, when vowel sounds are not accurately pronounced- the word will sound totally different than the one you intended! There are other times that vowels are surrounded by sounds that also can be difficult to form correctly.  In this lesson, you will practice both:  a two-part vowel sound AND a difficult concept…the final L sound.

I love writing these lessons and enjoy teaching to you the sounds that many require help with. I guess it’s not a coincidence that this week you will practice the word enJOY.


Pronouncing WO – Two Ways!

Wow! This week was International Women’s Day.  Let’s celebrate all of the women in our lives and their achievements. Now is the time to raise awareness against bias and make an effort to take action for equality.
In honor of all women in the world, please enjoy this lesson about pronouncing the words ‘woman’ and ‘women’.

Pronouncing the W in English requires the lips to be fully rounded and pushed forward a bit. Many of my students are able to form their lips correctly, but attaching the next vowel sound is the difficult part. In this lesson you will practice W +  (two different) vowels:

  • W + /ʊ​​​​/ the sound in the word “put”​​​ (listen to me on the recording) as in the word WOMAN
  • W + /ɪ/ the sound in the word “it” (listen to me on the recording) as in the word WOMEN.

And finally pay attention to the last syllable in both of the words:

  • woMAN and woMEN are pronounced the same even though they are spelled differently! Pronounce this reduced syllable as if you are saying “MIN”

Mastering the P Sound

Pronouncing the P Sound

Sure, it’s easy to say the /p/ sound, but if you would like to pronounce the sound the American English way, then this lesson is for you.  Do you speak English using a different accent than American English?   You may be using less air than you should be while trying to pronounce words that have the P in it. This lesson will help you understand that if the P is not pronounced with enough air, it will sound like a B. My name would sound like “Bam!” instead of Pam, or the listener may hear “Boar” (a pig!) instead of the word ‘poor’.

The tongue twister in this lesson: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, how pecks of pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?  That’s 18 P’s to practice!

Please comment below and tell me if this P sound is easy (or hard) for you to pronounce using the American English way.  Include your native language. I would love to hear from you!


Pronouncing English With Pam Videos

Learning how to pronounce sounds and use the American English melody takes time and patience! Here are some videos to help you understand commonly difficult words and concepts. Check out our YouTube channel! Our latest video is about pronouncing the vowel sound O for the word FOCUS. This is important to learn especially if you are using this word in your profession. If the sound O is not pronounced fully, it may be embarrassing.

We Celebrated! How To Pronounce Past Tense

Today we Celebrate Our Anniversary! And yesterday we “celebrated”!  Since we are always talking about past events, let’s learn how to pronounce the -ED using the American English Pronunciation.  With regular verbs, we add an -ed to the verb to change the word to mean something that has happenED in the past. There are a few different ways to pronounce the ED sound, so to simplify this for you, here are the 2 most important pronunciation changes:

  1. If the verb ends in a T or a D, you will add an extra syllable at the end.

That extra syllable will sound like “did”

pound + ed (pounded) will sound like “poun-did” and wait + ed (waited) will sound like “wai + did”

2.   All other verbs will have a small sound at the end of the word.

cook + ed = “cookt

play + ed = “playd

Listen to this lesson and practice repeating after me.

And by the way, Happy Anniversary. It’s been 4 years since I have been recording my podcast. And thank you for listening!

Please comment below about  verbs + ed that  you have questions about.

Pam is Moving!

The Podcast that is! Pronouncing English With Pam Podcast is now on Spotify, iTunes, Google and more. Currently, updating each lesson for clear instructions and practice. I have over 150 podcasts to update, so each week, there should be plenty for you to listen to! Subscribe and share with your friends. Please contact me with your ideas for future lessons. As they say I am “all ears” for suggestions to make these lessons better for you.

I will be highlighting many of these lessons with additional information and behind the scenes fun facts. For now, listen to Episode 20 top 10 list of  words that are commonly mispronounced.  Let me know what you think!

Talking About Time? Use These 3 Words!

This is a great lesson packed with exercises for learning about pronouncing 3 vowel sounds, while learning about these three tiny words that are important to use when talking about time concepts. It’s an 8 1/2 minute listen. Enjoy!