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Pronouncing English With Pam

Pronouncing English With Pam

By Pam Volz
This is for you- the second-language English speaker- seeking to learn how to polish your speaking skills so that you will sound clear and easy to understand. Learn about the American English accent with lessons in pronunciation, rhythm, and pacing. Pam's skills at simplifying your English conversation will help you put the final touch to sounding natural and smooth. These fun lessons are equipped to help the beginner but are really meant for those who have been speaking English for a long time and desire a change!
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Ep. 48 Don't JuDGe this sound
This week's podcast is a lesson in relaxing a little bit about learning a specific sound. If you concentrate too much, it may cause you to panic and worry that you will never understand. Take a deep breath, relax, and understand that sometimes sounds can be confusing. With the DG sound, at the end of a word, you will hear two different sounds. And that's okay. Relax. You will still be understood Contact Pam- for your 30 minute free consultation or to inquire about learning how you can improve your American English accent music credit: Game Show Jeopardy
September 27, 2021
Ep: 47 Business savvy? Pronouncing s like a z
Learn how to use a Z in the middle of words spelled with the letter S. It's tricky and often the mistake is that some people don't say a sound at all. Watch out. Sounds are important to the meaning of the word. Link to talk to Pam about your English skills. CONTACT PAM HERE Link to CBS SUNDAY MORNING SHOW HERE about dialect coaches
September 20, 2021
Ep. 46 LAY or LIE
Check-out time 4:38 to begin Lesson about LAY or LIE There's also a great pronunciation lesson in this show! Contact Pam for a private and free 15-minute consultation to discuss your English speaking skills.
September 12, 2021
Ep. 45 Imitate the Pro's- Learn Emotion and Melody
Link for your kind donation to this show Interesting in learning more? Free consultation contact Pam Link for  Using Storyline Online as a voice lesson- HERE
August 30, 2021
Ep. 44 Saying the "YOU" Vowel
Private and Small Group Coaching Available. All customized for you. YES, even in a group!  Contact Pam
August 22, 2021
Ep 43- Pronouncing P the Correct Way
This week is filled with lessons in pronunciation, english melody and spelling. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.  If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, how many pecks of pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick? Private Coaching? Let's talk about the possibilities. 
August 16, 2021
Ep 42 How to Succeed with People
Learn how to talk to others, build relationships and form lasting connections! Ready to improve your American English Communication Skills? Contact Pam for your free 30-minute consultation 
August 9, 2021
Ep.41 Taxes or Texas? Learn the difference!
Suggestions for future podcasts? We'd love to hear from you! Interested in learning how to speak English more effectively? Contact Pam Here
August 2, 2021
Ep. 40 Pronouncing CLOTHES and 5 other similar words
I'm here to help you! Contact me at Check out my facebook page  Sign-up for my free weekly (yes, every week!) newsletter 
July 19, 2021
Ep 39 Practice Sounding Clear
Here's a proven, effective exercise to help you sound CLEAR when speaking. Interested in private coaching?  Schedule a video call to discuss the possibilities Music Credit: Richie Havens "Here Comes The Sun" He's the best!
July 12, 2021
Ep. 38 Learn the Differences! s/z, sh/zh, ch/dg
Word List for this lesson HERE Contact Pam to learn more about becoming a confident, effective communicator music credit:
June 30, 2021
Ep 37 Interesting words with -ATE!
Join in the fun!  Practice your American pronunciation and melody with me!  Thursday, July 1  Choose your class time MORNING at 10:00 am (EST) or AFTERNOON at 5:00 pm (EST). Class is 1-hour long. Class fee $20. I will email you a PayPal link. This class will be recorded. If you are unable to attend you will receive the recording.  EMAIL HERE TO REGISTER. Act now only 10 in each class. 
June 21, 2021
Ep.36 A Bottle of Water
Learn American English sounds with these common words. Music Credit:  Drink the Water by Jack Johnson Contact
June 8, 2021
Ep 35 HAVE contractions - 2 Ways to Pronounce it!
It's natural to reduce words while talking. Using contractions are common and used every day. Would you like this transcript? Email Pam to request your free copy. Write HAVE in the subject line. Credit James Taylor, You've Got A Friend
June 2, 2021
Ep 34 Practice American Rhythm and Pronunciation with Popular US Names
Practice saying popular names of your colleagues, friends, neighbors. I do not mind if you say my name differently than me, but it would be nice if we ALL could try to pronounce a person's name. In this lesson, you will learn how to pronounce the top 10 American male and female names. comments, questions, ready to get serious about your English speaking skills?  contact me: Credit song:  Darryl Hall and John Oates, Sarah Smile.
May 24, 2021
Ep: 33 What Science Do You Speak?
Talking with others. We do it every day and yet we could all benefit changing our approach. Interested in private coaching to improve sounding natural and confident? Contact
May 17, 2021
Ep 32 Be the 1st! Excellent practice for TH sound
Pronouncing Ordinal Numbers (first, second, third). After 3rd, the rest end in "TH", a classic sound in American English!  Private Coaching Classes for American English Pronunciation.  Contact
May 11, 2021
Ep. 31 Pronouncing "KT" Sounds Together. It's a challenge!
Looking for professional customized lessons one on one with Pam?  Contact me Credit music "Twigs" by
May 3, 2021
Ep. 30 Linking Sounds with M & M's!
Consider private lessons to fast track your English speaking skills. Contact Pam-  Credit song:   Sammy Davis Jr.- Candyland  Credit comedian:  Jim Gaffigan HERE
April 26, 2021
Ep. 29 Cool Whip on Whole Wheat? Pronouncing WH
Interested in private lessons? Contact Would you like to receive these weekly lessons? Sign-up is free on website credit: Family guy, Fox TV-14, S1-E1 (Death Has A Shadow), January 31, 1999
April 20, 2021
Ep.28 Talking in Abbreviations!
FYI, this IS about talking- not writing or learning abbreviations. We use some simple abbreviations in our everyday speech. Learn this technique to sound more natural when you convey your message.  Looking for a personal coach? All services are with Pam online. Free to discuss, no obligations.
April 13, 2021
Ep 27 Pronouncing a clean W and WOULD
Saying W is really hard for a lot of people. Take it to a new level by practicing a common but often mispronounced word. Lots of practice for you. Interested in a private coach? Let's meet and talk about it. No obligation, consultation is free.
April 6, 2021
Ep 26. Compare 3 vowel sounds HEAD- HAT- HOT
Practice hearing the differences and saying 3-different vowel sounds.  American English in a fun way! Questions? Comments? I would love to hear from you.
March 29, 2021
Ep 25 Six Ways to Pronounce -OUGH (thought, tough, thorough)
A masterclass about learning six different vowel sounds when the letters OUGH are put together.   Interested in learning to improve your American English accent with Pam? Email Pam to talk about it.  Also, would you like the written transcript of this show? Email Pam and write OUGH in the subject. Your email will not be used in any other way. Contact
March 23, 2021
Ep 25 Pronounce WATER lots to learn!
Serious business, learning how to say the middle T sound, the vowel "aw" and the d'ER. Lots of American English practice and different than the British English pronunciation. Learn more about me Private coaching online - contact me HERE Music Credit: townsppl  I love this happy song - Twigs 
March 17, 2021
Ep 24. Saying 'Woman' and 'Women'
One woMAN, two woMEN. We spell the last letters differently, but we pronounce the last letters the same way.  Learn the two ways to pronounce the WO in these words.  Interested in private coaching? Lessons in pronouncing American English, sounding clear, and smooth. All lessons are private and customized to your needs. Contact me anytime.
March 8, 2021
Ep. 23 Mastering The P- You May Need This!
Listen to Revised Lesson in Ep 48.  It's easy to say this sound, but its really difficult for many languages to pronounce it the American English way! For those of you that do not have an H sound (breathy, air coming out) like the American pronunciation. This sound lesson is for you!  You might listen especially if your native language is Arabic, Indian Languages, French, Dutch, Czech, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, and Vietnamese. Tongue Twister: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, how many pecks of peppers did Peter Piper pick? Considering a personal American English teacher? Contact me HERE
March 1, 2021
Ep 22. The surprising pronunciation of OR
The two-letter word OR is pronounced entirely different when used in a conversation! This is excellent practice for those of you that would like to learn about casual conversation using an American English accent.  You can practice this reduction of OR in any casual or business situation.     Interested in learning with Pam?
February 22, 2021
Ep 21 we celebratED! The sounds in past tense.
We have to talk about things that have happened in the past. With regular verbs, that means we add an -ed at the end of our words. There are two different sounds you need to learn. Listen and learn! I am available to help you with your English pronunciation. Contact me and let's talk about it.
February 13, 2021
Ep. 20 Top 10 Mispronounced English Words- The Little Words!
I am calling these words "repeat offenders" because so many people have difficulty pronouncing these words! Listen to this lesson and "set the record straight" by knowing the correct way to say these common words. Looking to improve your American English conversation? Let's talk about it. Contact me
February 4, 2021
Ep. 19 Pronouncing TH and ER
The American English sounds TH and ER are so difficult to pronounce! In this lesson you will be practicing both of them. Contact me about this lesson or learning more about how to improve your American English speaking skills at
February 4, 2021
Ep.18 Pronouncing Garage, Massage, and Message
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February 4, 2021
Ep. 17 Pronouncing H (ha! ha!)
Learn how to pronounce the American English H, and when to NOT say the H sound. Yeah, American English is so wishy-washy*! * ideas are not firm or clear
February 4, 2021
Ep. 16 Pronouncing TAG Questions
Tag Questions take time to learn. Understanding how to put the words together AND how to use your voice to indicate whether you are honestly asking a question OR change the pitch of your voice, and you may be implying that you already know the answer. Be careful, listeners may get the wrong idea if you are not using your voice correctly.  I'm available to personally teach to you how to make these subtle voice changes in  American English. Contact me to talk about package deals.
February 4, 2021
Ep. 15 Limericks Will Help Your English Rhythm
Practice American English pacing and rhythm with this lesson. Learn how to stress main words and reduce the little words. Also, check out my musical talent using wooden spoons :)  Contact:
February 4, 2021
Ep. 14 Pronouncing the "It" States
request the transcript email write "states" in the subject line
February 4, 2021
Ep. 13 A bear and a bird walk into a bar...
Most people could use a boost with ER sounds. Here are bunch of them for you!  Questions? Comments?  Email me at Credit: The soothing guitar is by Harry (my son)!
January 18, 2021
Ep. 12 Change your F to a V with these Nouns
It's the little things in our life that count. That's the same with making changes with your speaking skills. With practice, you can reach your goals to sound clearer and more natural. Looking for a private American English Coach?  Contact
January 18, 2021
Ep 11. Pronouncing X- Two Ways
Listen to these distinctly different pronunciations for the same letter.  It all depends on which sound is following the letter X.  Here's the breakdown. If the sound after X is a consonant sound it will be pronounced "ks".  If the sound after the X is a vowel sound and the next syllable is stressed  (bigger, louder and longer) than it will sound like a "gz". Easy cheesy. Private coaching? I can help!
January 18, 2021
Ep. 10 Our and Hour- It's not what you think!
How do you pronounce the word "our"? Teachers and dictionaries will show you the full pronunciation, but today you will learn the real way to say it! This is helpful for you to fast-track towards sounding like an American English speaker! Like this lesson, join in the fun and subscribe! contact me
January 11, 2021
Ep 9. Pronounce the "you" sound.
"ew" as in dude, food, true, new, soup, through, juice, lieutenant. "you" as in mutual, unique, beautiful, value Lots of practice words and sentences in this lesson.
January 11, 2021
Ep 8. Ordering at Starbucks
Practice saying the Starbucks lingo correctly to get a cup of joe! (slang for coffee) music credit: dialogue from movie, "Good Burger" 
January 11, 2021
Ep 7. How to Politely Interrupt Someone
We can always interrupt someone by saying, "excuse me..."  In this lesson, you will learn a variety of other interruption phrases and ways to return to the topic of conversation. You can use these in casual and business conversations. Music credit: Harry the Bassist and Guitarist!
January 11, 2021
Ep 6. Hold The T!
Practice saying (or not saying) the T in these words. A great practice using the ever popular NOT contractions (didn't, can't, won't, don't, couldn't, and wouldn't) credit: Mercenaries 2 song "Oh no you didn't"
January 8, 2021
Ep 5. How to pronounce OR in conversations
OR is such a small word! Learn how to pronounce it in real conversations. It's not what you think!
January 7, 2021
Ep 4. Ring, Ring- Hello?
Practical advice for being better understood while talking on the telephone.
January 6, 2021
Ep 3. Shuffle The Deck! Pronouncing Numbers
Numbers are the first things we learn when speaking a new language. In this episode, Pam will help you think about some sounds that may need a little "rehab" in order to pronounce them correctly. 
January 6, 2021
Ep 2. Oh No! Pronouncing "O"
Sure you know how to say "O" but few people understand that there are two parts to this sound! Listen to this gem and you can join the club!
January 6, 2021
Ep 1. Talking about time? Use these 3 words.
A great lesson packed with exercises for learning about pronouncing 3 vowel sounds, while learning about these three tiny words that are important to use when talking about time concepts. It’s an 8 1/2 minute listen. Enjoy!
January 6, 2021