Pronunciation Practice: The 44 sounds of English

In an attempt to take some of the pain out of learning the kind of clear English pronunciation that prevents communication problems, I have here devised a set of memorable sentences as practice drills. The full range of English sounds is gone through systematically and spoon-fed in a form overseas students will want to repeat to themselves and then to the world. They might think it's just a form of entertainment, but before they know it they'll be speaking like a native!
David V. Appleyard

Saving the Audio Files to Your PC
  1. Start by creating a new folder with a simple name like "Pronunciation" or "Drills".
  2. Right-click any MP3 you wish to keep, select "Save target as..." or "Save link as..." from the drop-down menu and direct the download to your designated folder.
  3. Once you're done, go back to your new folder to confirm the downloaded files are all there.
  4. Go up one level and right-click the folder itself.
  5. Select the "Play with Windows Media Player" option from the drop-down menu, just as you might do with a music album. (If this option is missing, you have skipped step 3 and the PC hasn't detected any MP3s!)
  6. With the Windows Music Player open in full-screen format, left-click the "Now Playing" tab followed by the small arrow underneath it to access a new drop-down menu.  

  1. Under "Visualizations" select "Album Art" to display the phonetic symbol of each sound being practised.
  2. On your keyboard you can press Ctrl+Shift+C to activate (or deactivate) the hidden captions feature. When selected, the full text of each pronunciation drill will display during playback like a movie subtitle.

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