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Reduced Sounds – Why Americans speak so fast and swiftly

The most indicative thing about American English is that it usually sounds very relaxed. Each word is not pronounced clearly on its own but rather in correlation with other words within the sentence. That’s why you may find native Americans speak in a really fast and swift manner. This has a lot to do with Reduced Sounds. (Prefer to read this in Vietnamese?)

What are they?

In many cases, a word’s spelling may fail to tell you how it would actually sound. Take photograph and photography for an example.

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I bet you have seen people with an American accent pronouncing words like computer as compuDer. And yet there are other words that they don’t pronounce that way, like curTain, not curDain. Have you ever wondered about why that’s the case? If you have, voila! Here’s what you need to know.

In American English, T can be pronounced in 5 different ways

Shocked? Yes, that’s why learning English is no easy jobs. But once you’ve mastered these rules, I’m sure you will speak English in a more natural and confident accent.

Let’s get back to the rules. In American English, there are 5 ways you can pronounce the sound of T.


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6 awesome YouTube channels that can actually help you improve your English speaking skills

“Why? Why should I study English on YouTube?”, you may ask.

The answer is simple: listening and then repeating is one of the best ways to make progress in your speaking skills.

ELSA suggests you a few YouTube channels that may come in handy for your self-study. Some of them were produced by professionals, while others come from enthusiasts with a deep understanding of Vietnamese speakers’ problems. Let’s check them out!


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Văn Đinh Hồng Vũ: Khởi Nghiệp Với Công Nghệ Nhận Dạng Giọng Nói

Văn Đinh Hồng Vũ: Khởi nghiệp với công nghệ nhận dạng giọng nói

Hồng Vũ từng là người châu Á đầu tiên nắm giữ vị trí trợ lý Tổng Giám đốc của Maersk, tập đoàn vận tải có chi nhánh khắp 136 quốc gia.

Là gương mặt nổi bật của báo Tuổi Trẻ 10 năm trước, Văn Đinh Hồng Vũ từng chia sẻ mơ ước trở thành đại sứ của Việt Nam. Tham vọng ấy hoàn toàn trong tầm tay của cô sinh viên Ngoại thương đa tài và giỏi 3 ngoại ngữ. Mới ngoài 20 tuổi, Vũ đã tự tin đại diện thanh niên Việt Nam đi qua 10 nước, tham dự hội nghị thượng đỉnh về các vấn đề giáo dục và hướng nghiệp toàn cầu.

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7 Everyday Internet Slangs That You Probably Don’t Know How To Pronounce

7 everyday Internet slangs that you probably don’t know how to pronounce

You have definitely used these slangs. Every. Single. Day. You can write them down, but if someone asks you to read them out loud, can you do that? If you cannot, this article is for you.

1. Etc.

  • Meaning: It is used at the end of a list to indicate that further, similar items are included
  • Shouldn’t: “ee-tee-see” or “et-see”
  • Should: “et-se-tə-rə”
  • Alternatives: and other things, and so forth,…
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7 common English pronunciation mistakes of Vietnamese speakers (Part 2)

In the first part of this article, we have already seen the top 3 common mistakes that prevent Vietnamese learners from speaking correct English. However, there are still a few more mistakes that will prevent you from speaking fluent English. What are they? Let’s take a look.


4. Localization of the English pronunciation

  • Why: There are similar letters and letter combinations in Vietnamese and English, so we apply our Vietnamese pronunciation when we speak English!
  • Example: /ei/ sound being pronounced as “ê” and “ây” in Vietnamese (Okay /əʊ ‘kei/ as “Ô-kê”)


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