Has anyone tried out this game yet? It’s super cool! I do sound recognition tasks, and more recently games with my students and they find it super helpful!



Resource roundup:

Vowel word lists on Home Speech Home

Vocalic r-words (r-coloured vowels) on H S H

YouGlish is a website that sorts YouTube video transcriptions for words you want to hear. I’ve populated this one with “I’m going to go” which, when said fast, sounds like “imnaGO”

Rachel’s English is a pronunciation/vocab/grammar resource channel

Voice Body Connection is a great resource for warming up and strengthening your voice

UBC’s eNunciate Project: Interactive IPA chart with tongue ultrasound overlay videos

Interactive IPA chart

Word Stress and vowel reduction (site is from UK so can be different than North America)

ShowMeWord dictionary website gives you the IPA transcription plus sound clip


To keep working on your pronunciation you have to record and listen to yourself, so you can use what you’ve learned using these resources, and work to make corrections to your speech movements. If you have trouble with a sound within a word, try the sound alone, or in one simple syllable, before trying to whole word again. Often your brain makes anticipatory movements and these are programmed initially by native language experience. You have to reprogram the anticipatory movements with Canadian English patterns so that consonants are clear and so that vowels are not distorted.

Many languages don’t have a th sound, so when speakers of these languages come to English, they often substitute s for this sound, making a neutralization between _s words and _th words.

In phonetic notation a space before the phoneme (sound) denotes sounds before, indicating a word-final, or coda (syllable-final), position, like this: _th. To denote a word-initial sound we use the convention: th_, showing that sounds are coming after the token phoneme, in a word-initial, or onset (syllable-initial) position which begins the word.