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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. 82 Pronouncing IMPORTANT using glottal stops
Have you ever wondered what-in-the-world that American English sound is in the word "kiTTen" or "imporTant"? Well, wonder NO MORE! Listen and learn about 14 other words right here Contact Pam for Coaching Clear English Conversation
June 07, 2022
Ep.81 Seven Top Ways to Pronounce the Contraction WILL
Learning how to condense words is THEE most effective way to sound natural. Let's begin with contracting the common word WILL. CONTACT pronouncing english with pam for inquiries/coaching Music Credit:  "I'll be there" by Gabriela Bee and "I'll be there" by The Jackson Five
June 02, 2022
Ep 80 CON words- Say these words 2 different ways
check-out the written words in this episode on ProAccent Coaching Blog music credit: The Price is Right TV Show
May 24, 2022
Episode 79 occasionally and usually
CONTACT PAM for your free consultation  Thanks to Quick and Dirty Grammar Tips and SoulProdMusic
May 10, 2022
Ep 78 How to get your groove. Lessons in English melody
CONTACT Pam for your free online consultation JOIN Pam's free Meetup Group and hurry! We are practicing English melody on May 18, 2022.  LINK NPR story
May 03, 2022
Ep. 77 IRONing out the details
Hire (rhythmes with Iron)Pam as your American English Trainer Contact Pam 
April 27, 2022
Ep. 76 Splash! Bang! Pop!
Contact Pam Today we are talking about onomatopoeia words. Check them out! WOW this podcast is a BLAST!
April 19, 2022
Ep. 75 What sound do you say? W or V
CONTACT Pam. She'd love to hear from you! Questions? Comments? What American English Sound would you like to learn more about?
April 06, 2022
Ep 74 Don't be so bossy! Soften Your Tone
CONTACT Pam for more information about your communication questions Music Credit: Office Noises
March 31, 2022
Ep 73 The right way to say COUNTRY
Thank you for your support! Please rate this podcast and tell others you are listening! Consider a MONTHLY CONTRIBUTION to help support future shows.   Look for the Support $ button. And thanks!
March 21, 2022
Ep. 72 Did you notice? the "ju" sound
Learn when and how to say "ju" in between words. CONTACT PAM or checkout PAM's BUSINESS
March 16, 2022
Ep 71 N+TH+S
Practicing a different way will help you become more fluent and sound natural! CONTACT PAM to learn more about private coaching.
March 10, 2022
Ep. 70 How to signal trust and confidence
What type of vocal signals do you present? Try the ones with confidence and trust. CONTACT PAM for professional custom coaching.
March 01, 2022
Ep 69 WOW! Lessons using palindromes
The date is 2/22/22 (February 22, 2022). Let's celebrate words that are spelled the same forward and backward. Questions? Comments? CONTACT PAM
February 22, 2022
Ep 68 a cOmmon prOblem
Learn how to pronounce the sound in clock and doctor not  "cluck" and "duck-tor" CONTACT Pam for private, customized lessons to improve your English speaking skills.
February 17, 2022
Ep 67 Save time with these 10 words!
Here's a list of words to help you sound more natural. Every little bit counts! Interested in seeing the word list? CONTACT PAM and write "dropped syllables" in the subject line. Ready to upgrade your English communication skills? Advanced speakers are encouraged. Personal and customized to YOUR abilities.  CONTACT PAM to schedule your free 30-minute consultation with Pam.
February 09, 2022
Ep 66 fixing the sound in meaSure
Accent modification is the process of polishing your english speaking skills so that your words shine! Every little improvement is a step towards consistent fluency. This weeks sound will help you in your quest. The sound "ZH" rarely talked about- but often said incorrectly. Well not today, you are going to fix it! SPELLING GUIDE for "zH" CONTACT PAM if you are serious about improving your english conversation music credit: yep, there was music in the background! Lissie Music, When I'm Alone and Loudermilk Soundtrack, OST Tracklist.
February 02, 2022
Ep 65 Pronouncing FOR the American Way
Practice your American Accent by repeating these words and sentences with your American coach, Pam. Interested in Private Coaching. Contact PAM for a free consultation. Music Credit: Relax Cafe Music, Thursday morning jazz.
January 27, 2022
Ep 64 Vaccines and Accidents
Learn about saying the "ks" sound in a crisp, clear way! Questions? Comments? Contact PAM
January 20, 2022
Ep 63 Pronouncing "uh" States
This is a lesson in American English Melody. How to make sounds BIGGER by making some sounds smaller CONTACT  Pam for a transcript to this lesson Music Credit:  Winter Night Jazz Music
January 12, 2022
Ep 62 "twenty" or "twunny"- you decide
Happy New Year! 2022 Practice a smoother way to say it. CONTACT Pam about Private Coaching opportunities Music Credit: Ain't No Mountain High Enough (1966) by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
January 05, 2022
Ep 61 Sound Awesome Reading A Poem
Learn the true melody of speaking English. This will help you sound natural, fluent, and with practice you will become a confident speaker! Robert Frost poem link HERE Credit: Shane Morris HERE CONTACT Pam for more information about your ability to sound clear and natural
December 23, 2021
Ep 60 Hey TH, stop being so fickle!
Learn the TWO sounds of TH. Loads of practice. Also, isn't it about time you start using the word FICKLE? Contact PAM to schedule a time to talk to learn about your opportunities to sound clear and natural. 
December 16, 2021
Ep. 59 Common Heteronyms-A Vowel Workout!
Did you ever wonder why there is two pronunciations for words bow, sow, dove, lead, live, wind, wound, tear, close? Most of these are lessons in correctly saying the vowel sound. Say it wrong..and other's may get the wrong idea! Ready to improve your American English Speaking skills? Let's talk about it. EMAIL PAM This week Pam recommends THIS DICTIONARY Music Credit TWNSPPL
December 09, 2021
Ep: 58 Leading Group Meetings
You've got the knowledge, now learn techniques that will help you lead your business planning session, workshop or seminar. Checkout ProAccent Coaching's Blog for more ideas HERE Private Coaching? CONTACT Pam 
December 01, 2021
Ep 57 Saying Years, Zip Codes, Addresses, and Phone Numbers
I recommend working out to this episode. It's almost 16 minutes long! Guaranteed to help you pronounce your way to sounding Clear and Natural! If you are working out, then this lesson is healthy too! CONTACT PAM with your questions/comments or to discuss hiring Pam as your personal trainer (for speaking).
November 22, 2021
Ep. 56 Excuuuuuse Me! Pronouncing "excuse"
Learn how to soften your speaking and sound polite with this word and phrase  "excuse me." Learn how to change the pitch and pronunciation to indicate a question and a statement. Learn about American English stress, pronunciation and intonation all wrapped into one lesson! Interested in private coaching? CONTACT Pam to discuss the opportunities. Credit: Jimi Hendrix Purple Haze Credit: Steve Martin, comedian
November 16, 2021
Ep 55 American English Melody - Can you hear it?
Here's a 10-minute lesson for you to HEAR melody, how to raise and lower your voice and learn a few new words along the way. Pam would love to teach you how to sound clear and natural! CONTACT credits on this episode goes to NPR Weekend Edition and Epic Cinematic Music on Youtube by Premium Music HQ
November 08, 2021
Ep: 54 pronouncing V- you'Ve got this!
Pam is available to teach to you everything you need to know for clear, natural sounding American English. EMAIL
November 01, 2021
Ep.53 Spell Your Name This Way
Practice this lesson and you will be amazed with how well others will understand you the FIRST time! Interested in Private Coaching? Let's talk about the possibilities. CONTACT Pam 
October 26, 2021
Ep. 52 Take a word, add an "E" and pronounce TH two ways
Yes, this is the worlds longest podcast title. And it's an excellent pronunciation lesson, spelling lesson, and understanding 4 different words that are spelled very similar! This one is bound to teach you something important.  Interested in private coaching?
October 18, 2021
Ep. 51 Study Session- Obama's in the House!
You should be able to hear what you need to change in your own speaking.  Contact Pam to discuss your English Speaking Goals. Choose Free Consultation or learn more about Hiring Pam as your personal coach. Video Link to Barack Obama's 2006 Interview | Late Night with Conan O’Brien
October 11, 2021
Ep: 50 Pronouncing Fractions 3/4 of you need this!
Do you use fractions in your life? Fractions have many sounds. Learn the seldom taught details in this lesson.  Would you like the transcript and handy guide for pronouncing and spelling fractions? Free to your inbox HERE-please write "FRACTIONS" in the subject line. Looking for Private Coaching to polish your English speaking skills? Let's talk about it. SIGN UP for a free consultation. Credit: Ina Garten
October 04, 2021
Ep. 49 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: 48 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. 47 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. 46 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. 45 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 44- 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 43 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 09, 2021
Ep.42 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 02, 2021
Ep. 41 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 40 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. 39 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 38 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.37 A Bottle of Water
Learn American English sounds with these common words. Music Credit:  Drink the Water by Jack Johnson Contact
June 08, 2021
Ep 36 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 02, 2021
Ep 35 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: 34 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 33 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. 32 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 03, 2021
Ep. 31 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. 30 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.29 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 28 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 06, 2021
Ep 27. 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 26 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 08, 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 01, 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 04, 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 04, 2021
Ep.18 Pronouncing Garage, Massage, and Message
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February 04, 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 04, 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 04, 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 04, 2021
Ep. 14 Pronouncing the "It" States
request the transcript email write "states" in the subject line
February 04, 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 08, 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 07, 2021
Ep 4. Ring, Ring- Hello?
Practical advice for being better understood while talking on the telephone.
January 06, 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 06, 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 06, 2021
Ep 1. Talking about time? Use these 3 words.
Email Correction Click Here  Here is 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 06, 2021