Pronunciation

/Ə/

/æ/

Good pronunciation leaves a lasting impression and is fundamental in English.

English is full of nuances. Here are some examples:

  • Homophones with different graphemes

    •  to /'tu:/; too /'tu:/; two  /'tu:/

  • Homograph words with a different pronunciation

    • to lead (verb) /liːd/ - to direct; lead (noun) /led/ - a type of metal

  • Words with similar sounds

    • ship​ /ʃɪp/ a boat; sheep /ʃiːp/ - a farm animal

  • Words that have a strong or weak pronunciation based on the emphasis and position in a sentence.

    • and - /ænd/ (strong); /ən/ (weak)

    • of -  /ɒv/ (strong); /ə(v)/ (weak)

The greatest challenge Italians have to face when learning English is pronunciation.

At times the challenge is understanding the subtle differences among the sounds of English.

We teach Received Pronunciation through practical exercises and the use of phonemes; we highlight the differences among sounds to facilitate their recognition.

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