Intermediate Levels Descriptions

Intermediate; Two consonant before vowel
The intermediate course will focus on how to pronounce two consonants before a vowel. Each video will focus on a different set of consonants.

Intermediate lesson level 1 - Two consonants before the vowel: ‘Bl’, ‘Pl’, ‘Cl’

You will learn...
-To pronounce Bl, Pl, and Cl when they are placed before vowels.
With the proper breathing technique, the two consonants are automatically pronounced separately from the vowel. For example, when pronouncing the words, ‘Bless’, ‘Place’, ‘Clear’ by voluntarily moving your mouth, it is impossible to keep the two constant separate from the vowel. The sound of the two consonant being connected to the vowel will cause you to have no rhythm in the words. The sound before vowel is very soft; almost soundless. However the sound is not only affected by the letters, it will depend on the situation. Once this ability is acquired, start thinking in English by putting the words into a sentence.

Intermediate lesson level 2 - Two consonant before the vowel such as; ‘Fl’, ‘Gl’, ‘Sl’

You will learn...
-To pronounce Fl, Gl, and Sl when they are placed before vowels.
A natural continuous sound can only be possible through breathing technique. It carries a different sound without the breathing technique. For example, when pronouncing the words, ‘Flavor’, ‘Glad’, ‘Slow’ by voluntarily moving your mouth, it is impossible to keep the two constant separate from the vowel. The consonant sound before a vowel is very soft; almost soundless. Once this ability is acquired, start thinking in English by putting the words into a sentence.

Intermediate level 3 - Two consonant Before the vowel such as ‘Br’, ‘Pr’, ‘Cr’, ‘Dr’

You will learn...
-To pronounce Br, Pr, Cr, and Dr when they are placed before vowels.
Practice various exercises that involve speaking two consonants before a vowel such as; ‘Br’, ‘Pr’, ‘Cr’, ‘Dr’. If you pronounce the words, ‘Brand’, ‘Prop’, ‘Crazy’, ‘Dramatic’ with a proper breathing technique, the first two consonants will sound separate from the rest of the vowel. You will understand that voluntarily moving your mouth and controlling your body to produce a sound are the reason for your accent. You must understand that your exhale will naturally move your vocal cords to create rhythm within the words. Once this ability is acquired, start thinking in English by putting the words into a sentence.

Intermediate level 4 - Two consonant Before the vowel such as ‘Fr’, ‘Tr’, ‘Wr’

You will learn...
-To pronounce Fr, Tr, and Wr when they are placed before vowels.
Two letters such as ‘F’ and ‘R’ are hard to pronounce… how would you pronounce them together? Without the breathing technique, you have been manipulating the sound by touching your lower lip to your upper teeth and rolling your tongue. This voluntary movement won't allow you to produce a clear sound. English speech utilizes its sound production primarily with exhalation so there is a very close relationship between the way we breathe and our production of speech. This means that when you exhale to speak, you should check to see that your chest caves in while your abdomen pushes out, which allows necessary amounts of air to be pushed into the vocal cords. Two consonant such as ‘Fr’, ‘Tr’, ‘Wr’ before a vowel requires the breathing technique to clearly produce the necessary sound. Once this ability is acquired, start thinking in English by putting the words into a sentence.

Intermediate level 5 - Two consonant before the vowel such as ‘Sh’, ‘Ch’

You will learn...
-To pronounce 'Sh' and 'Ch' when they are placed before vowels.
In English, the letter ‘H’ comes after a consonant very often such as; ‘Sh’, ‘Ch’, ‘Th’, ‘Wh’, ‘Ph’. However, rarely does “H’ come before a consonant… Why? Level 5 will give you reasons and understanding of how the English language was structured so that the words always seem to be spoken in melody. Once this ability is acquired, start thinking in English by putting the words into a sentence.

Intermediate level 6 - Two consonant before the vowel such as ‘Ph’, ‘Th’, ‘Wh’

You will learn...
-To pronounce Ph, Th, and Wh when they are placed before vowels.
Proper exercises prove that the sound from ‘Ph’ is different from the sound from ‘F’. Without the proper breathing technique, it is almost impossible to distinguish the two sounds. However, with proper exercises, you will understand that the sound is produced from the movements of your vocal cords; rather than movements of your mouth. This means that each letter can cause different sounds when English is properly spoken. Once this ability is acquired, start thinking in English by putting the words into a sentence.