The Rhythm of English

How to Sound as Smooth as a Native Speaker

4.95 (84 reviews)
5.5 hours
Oct 2021
last update
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What you will learn

the native rhythm of American English


Maybe you've worked on your vowels and consonants, but you still don't sound as smooth as a native speaker?  Sounding choppy and stressing every word is the surest way to have people tune you out.  Learn the secrets of smooth English, in detail, from this passionate instructor.  This course is her labor of love.   Learn the nature of English stress, how to energize and de-energize a syllable, which words to stress, how to stress them, what do do with words we don't stress and all sorts of tools for de-stressing a word, including reductions, contractions, linking and blending.  You'll even learn how to identify and produce the different types of T, which can make or break your rhythm.  This course has more detail than any other course on rhythm.   You'll learn how to connect past tense words to the next word and how to make "an" sound natural in front of a noun.  You'll learn the pronunciation difference between "built in 1990" and "built-in hot tub."  Lessons are varied so you won't get bored.  Pictures, stories and poems help illustrate the lessons.  Practice the lessons by listening to and repeating sentences over and over with the repetition audio recordings in the resource sections.  Repetition practice improves your listening and observation skills while it hones your muscle memory.   Print out the written material for note taking and guiding yourself through the practice audio.  Free monthly live Zoom office hour for students who have completed at least 50% of the course.  This course can be taken in conjunction with Word Stress and either of the courses on vowels or consonants.   What are you waiting for?


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Rhythm Basics

Foundations of English Rhythm
What to Stress
How to Stress
How to Squeeze Function Words
Rhythm Review So Far

Function Word Reductions

Function Word Reduction Overview
Reducing Can
Reducing Have & Has
Reducing You & Your
Reducing Prepositions
Reducing H Pronouns

More Reductions: Contractions

To Be Contractions
Will Contractions
Would Contractions
Have & Has Contractions
Future Perfect Contractions
Future Perfect Progressive Contractions
Had Contractions
Negative Contractions


Part 1: Linking Same Consonants
Part 2: Linking Different Consonants
Park 3: Linking Consonant to Vowel
Part 4: Trick Linking - T&D
Linking-part 5- Linking Long Vowel to Vowel
Linking-part 6-Linking Short Vowel to Vowel
Linking-part 7: Linking Review

Tricky T

Part 1: Tricky T- Clear T, Held T, TN, NT
Part 2: Tricky T- Fast D (Flap D)


What is Blending?
More Blending Practice

Review with Poems

Poem "Roses are Red"


May 5, 2021
This is a good course so far but I'm going to need to practice everything for a while to get really good at it.
March 11, 2021
Excellent course! Loved the rhymes at the end of the course, they are easy to memorize and very helpful in practicing correct rhythm and pronunciation! Highly recommend this course to anyone who is not a native speaker!
February 17, 2021
I am looking for this instruction for a long time. I knew my English is not sounding right. Now I know why.
February 17, 2021
This is fun! I think I can learn to be dynamic and stress the words right so my sentence isn't boring!



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