Could you explain all sounds in English in other lessons? For example, it is difficult for foreigners to hear the difference in pronunciation “man” and “men”. We have to pronounce the sound “a” longer than “e” sound, right? What is the difference of tongue position?

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    Hi Gorchanyuk,

    There are actually quite a few pronunciation videos on Engvid that you can search through, but I will definitely work on making some more.

    One good way to learn subtle pronunciation is to figure out what words rhyme with.

    For example, man sounds like pan (fry pan for cooking), fan (like a sports fan), tan (darker skin from the sun), and so on.

    Men sounds like pen (for writing), when, Ben (short for Benjamin), and so on.

    So if you know how some of these words sound, you can apply the sound to other words.

    man men
    pan pen
    ban Ben
    tan ten
    and so on.

    You can do this with other words as well.

    Hope this helps a little.


Thank you. I don’t really understand pronunciation.


    Hi Tampubolon,

    The key is to listen to as much native English as possible. Eventually you will start noticing subtle differences in sounds compared to the spelling.

    Keep at it.


thank you for this leassn


Thank you


very good explications!


For a French speaker, it’s easy to summarize: th Z = Heather; th S = Ether.
The question is, when do we pronounce Z or S, is there a rule?


    Hi Aladup,

    Z almost always sounds like Z.

    The problem is with the s. At the beginning of a word, S is almost always s.

    In the middle or end is where it might change:
    measure (the S is like a weak J)
    rise (the S is like a Z)

    Unfortunately, the only way to know is to look up the pronunciation in the dictionary or to listen to words read out loud.

    It’s all about time, exposure, and practice.



Thanks everyone :)

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