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#201: Why is 'symptom' pronounced that way?

In the American English Pronunciation Podcast, Mandy offers weekly lessons covering the most common and difficult English pronunciation issues for non-native English speakers and ESL students everywhere. Formal and informal pronunciation patterns are discussed. Learn about the pronunciations you are actually hearing in conversational English, not just perfect 'dictionary pronunciation.'

Level: Intermediate to Advanced ESL/ELL students

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#201: Why is 'symptom' pronounced that way?
#200: A new spelling poem!
#199: Would you like some coffee or tea?
#198: Pronouncing clothes, close (verb), and close (adjective)
#197: Linking vowels to sound fluent!
#196: Do you say "people" as "peopo"?
#195: Dropping the /k/ in "asked" (HIMYM)
#194: faux pas, chauffeur, fiance, and more
#193: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
#192: Special holiday words

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#201: Why is 'symptom' pronounced that way?

#200: A new spelling poem!

#199: Would you like some coffee or tea?

#198: Pronouncing clothes, close (verb), and close (adjective)

#197: Linking vowels to sound fluent!

#196: Do you say "people" as "peopo"?

#195: Dropping the /k/ in "asked" (HIMYM)

#194: faux pas, chauffeur, fiance, and more

#193: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

#192: Special holiday words

#191: The difference between "my car" and "Mike are"

#190: From "wait time" to "snack time"

#189: Linking magic!

#188: Heteronyms: 'Lead' rhymes with 'read'

#187: Fall and Autumn

#186: Fake it 'til you make it

#185: From the zh sound /ʒ/ to the j sound /ʤ/

#184: Pronouncing the zh sound

#183: expected and unexpected s sound/sh sound minimal pairs

#182: on-off /ɑn/ /ɔf/

#181: The troublesome thr- /θr/ combination

#180: because → 'cuz: stressed, unstressed, informal

#179: The silent 'p' in pneumatic and psychology

#178: "Feeling" the vibration of vowel sounds

#177: -ate suffix revisited--advanced lesson

#176: Swearing!

#175: Short Vowels Minimal Sets

#174: 3-sound clusters beginning with 's'

#173: Digraphs and trigraphs

#172: The 'c-c' spelling

#171: The silent l in the word 'salmon'

#170: schwa+r /ɚ/ paragraph practice

#169: Pronouncing "Seattle"

#168: Stress pronunciation patterns in 3-syllable words

#167: When to use the informal contraction "useta"

#166: Understanding the ng sound

#165: What is the vocal tract?

#164: Consonant clusters in English

#163: -ile and the differences in American and British English

#162: The differences between /b/ and /v/

#161: Schwa in 2-syllable words

#160: w+a (want), w+a-r (warm), w+o-r (work)

#159: What are non-phonetic words?

#158: Vowels plus voiced and unvoiced consonants

#157: Native French speakers special!

#156: Silent letters in high-frequency words

#155: The f sound and semi-irregular plurals

#154: "She sells seashells"

#153: "Look at Luke!"

#152: 's-c-h' and the word 'schedule'

#151: j/ch sounds plus -ed ending

#150: Common spellings and non-phonetic words

#149: Practicing the w and v sound

#148: More th sounds practice

#147: The -ious suffix

#146: Happy "New" Year!

#145: A,E,I,O,U and sometimes y

#144: -ed ending exceptions

#143: Don't over-pronounce sounds

#142: The syllabic l

#141: We "recently" changed our t sound lesson

#140: The "oo" spelling of "foot" and "soon"

#139: Pronunciation of "sure"

#138: Pronunciation of "often"

#137: ct spelling plus ed and s ending

#136: Personal Pronouns and Sentence Stress

#135: m sound/n sound/ng sound

#134: consonant-y-consonant

#133: t/d, p/b, and k/g at the beginning of a word

#132: ea spelling: long or short?

#131: The word "new" in place names

#130: 2-syllable word stress

#129: Portuguese Speakers, Part Two

#128: Pronunciation of i-consonant-e

#127: Portuguese Speakers, Part One

#126: Unstressed vowels: Part 2

#125: Unstressed vowels: Part 1

#124: French words in English

#123: A Merry, Marry, Mary Christmas

#122: The Pronunciation Poem

#121: Introducing English Assembly

#120: VIDEO: f sound and v sound

#119: The bunched r sound

#118: The prefix re-

#117: Suffixes with the ch sound

#116: Using ain't

#115: Taking the s off of sp-, st-, sk-

#114: Aspiration details in stop sounds

#113: The h sound, like a chameleon

#112: Dropping the d sound

#111: Linking to and from v and f sounds

#110: The troublesome v sound and f sound

#109: s/z/sh/zh sounds; compare and contrast

#108: Difference between "learned/spelled" UK/US

#107: ck after short vowels, k after all the others

#106: long u stressed and reduced

#105: Pronouncing though, thought, through, thorough

#104: Pronouncing "pronounce" and "pronunciation"

#103: VIDEO: Introduction to other vowels

#102: Russian/Ukrainian Special Episode

#101: Subtle oddities of the word subtle

#100: A Hundred / One Hundred

#99: Three-word informal contractions

#98: VIDEO: Introduction to short vowels

#97: From used to to useta

#96: women could have been wimmen

#95: VIDEO sh sound, part 2

#94: t+y=ch, d+y=j

#93: The l sound at the end of words

#92: (VIDEO) sh sound, part 1

#91: iPad/iPod the world's newest minimal pair

#90: The j sound, another affricate

#89: (VIDEO) Introduction to Long Vowels

#88: The tch and ch spelling

#87: 2 announcements for 2010

#86: Using rhymes to learn pronunciation

#85: Why is Christmas said with a k sound?

#84: Pronunciation of the wh spelling

#83: (VIDEO 11) Schwa+r spelling and pronunciation

#82: Thanksgiving holiday th sounds review

#81: Comparing long o and ow sound

#80: VIDEO: American English pronunciation of other u

#80: American English pronunciation of other u

#79: Comparing long a, long e, and long i

#78: Comparing short a, short o, and aw sound

#77: Comparing the long e, short i, short e, and short u

#76: VIDEO: Pronunciation of Schwa

#76: Pronunciation of Schwa

#75: The differences between can and can't

#74: "For" and "four"

#73: Reducing the word "of"

#72: Substituting the n sound for the ng sound in the -ing ending

#71: dropped syllables, syncope

#70: VIDEO 8: long u and oo sound pronunciation

#70: long u and oo sound pronunciation

#69: Numbers: Teens versus Tens

#68: Voiced and Unvoiced th sound review

#67: VIDEO 7: aw sound spelling and pronunciation

#67: audio of video 7 aw sound spelling and pronunciation

#66: Syllabic n's and nasal plosions

#65: The glottal stop in place of the t sound

#64: VIDEO 6: short o spelling and pronunciation

#64: audio of video 6 short o spelling and pronunciation

#63: When Americans don't say the t sound

#62: VIDEO 5: long o spelling and pronunciation

#62: audio of video 5 long o spelling and pronunciation

#61: The American t as a quick d sound

#60: Are tag questions really questions?

#59: Falling pitch boundaries on yes/no questions

#58: Pitch Boundaries, Rising and Falling

#57: Comparing extra-high and rising pitch words

#56: Extra-high pitch words for extra intensity

#55: Introduction to intonation and high pitch words

#53: Phrasal verb sentence stress

#52: Linking from the -ed ending

#51: VIDEO 4: compare short e, long e and short i

#51: audio of video 4 compare short e, long e and short i

#50: The silent t in sten and stle

#49: VIDEO long i and short i

#49: audio of video 3 long i and short i

#48: talk and walk and other -alk words

#47: could, should, and would

#46: th+r=difficult sound combination

#45: VIDEO long e and short e

#45: audio of video 2 long e and short e

#44: letter x pronunciations

#43: about the words world and word

#42: VIDEO: long a and short a

#42: audio of video 2 long e and short e

#41: the silent b in the -mb spelling

#40: been, not bean

#39: quit, quite, and quiet

#38: idea--a troublesome little 4-letter word

#37: says and said--two words NOT pronounced with long a

#36: palpable--a word worth learning to say

#35: there, their, they're: they're all said the same!

#34: consonant plus y suffix word syllable stress

#33: -ate suffix word syllable stress and heteronyms

#32: -ize suffix word syllable stress

#31: -ic suffix word syllable stress

#30: 2-syllable word stress and -tion/-sion syllable stress

#29: Compare the short i and long e sounds

#28: English h sound

#27: English g sound and k sound

#26: English m sound and n sound

#25: English ng sound, beginning nasal sounds

#24: English ch sound and j sound

#23: English p sound and b sound

#22: Review all the sounds covered so far

#21: The Rhythm Rule and sentence stress, continued

#20: The Rhythm Rule and Sentence Stress

#19: The English -ed ending pronunciation

#18: The English f sound and v sound

#17: The English sh sound and zh sound

#16: Reduced Prounouns: he, him, her, them

#15: Linking vowel sounds

#14: Linking consonant sounds

#13: The American English informal contractions

#12: The American English common contractions

#11: The American English aw sound, oi sound, and ow sound

#10: The American English oo sound and u (as in put)

#9: The American English short vowel sounds

#8: The American English long vowel sounds

#7: The English w sound and y sound

#6: The American English r-controlled vowels

#5: The American English r sound and l sound

#4: The American English r sound

#3: The English s sound and z sound

#2: The English t sound and d sound

#1: The English th sounds

About the ESL/ELL Teacher

Mandy has been teaching ESL, pronunciation and accent reduction since 2005 at Seattle Learning Academy, an English language school in Seattle, Washington, USA. She uses her experience with intermediate to advanced students to create the topics that most affect students living and working in the United States and can help them communicate better and more clearly.

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