My Favorite Lesson (gets fast results!)

Jan 05, 2022

Did you know that vowel length can affect the clarity of spoken English? 

There's a weird rule for this and it is one of my favorite things to work on with my students because once they get it, the improvement is really noticeable!

Here's the rule...

Vowels Become:

  • Shorter before a Voiceless Consonant Sound
  • Longer Before a Voiced Consonant Sound

If you don't adjust vowel length, it changes the timing of your speech.

You’ve probably heard me say this before but when the timing of our speech is not what the listener expects, they have trouble understanding what we have said, and may actually hear a different word than we meant to use.

Learn more about how I teach this to my students in this video:

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