Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction to the Vowels Course

    • Welcome to the course!

    • How this course is unique

    • The vowels of Hindustani vs. American English

    • Introduction to Vowel Reductions

    • Additional resources

    • Introduction to Sunit Verma

    • Interview with Sunit Verma (native speaker of Hindi)

  • 2

    How to use this course

    • How to practice: Muscle memory and imitation

    • How much practice do you need?

    • Make a recording of yourself

    • FAQs & Troubleshooting

  • 3

    Vowel Considerations

    • Vowel Reductions

    • Vowel Length

    • Tense vs. Lax Vowels

    • Nasality

  • 4

    The International Phonetic Alphabet: Vowels

    • IPA: Vowels

    • IPA: Online Resources

    • IPA: Vowels Quiz

  • 5

    EE /i/ and IH /ɪ/ Vowels

    • Intro to Vowel Pronunciation Chapters

    • Introduction to the EE /i/ and IH /ɪ/ Vowels

    • How to pronounce the EE /i/ Vowel

    • EE /i / Vowel: Words

    • EE /i/ vowel: Sentences

    • EE /i/ Vowel: Looped Practice

    • How to Pronounce the IH /ɪ/ Vowel

    • IH /ɪ/ Vowel: Words

    • IH /ɪ/ vowel: Sentences

    • IH / ɪ/ Vowel: Looped Practice

    • EE /i/ and IH /ɪ/: Minimal Pairs

    • EE /i/ and IH /ɪ/: Looped Practice

    • EE /i/ and IH /ɪ/: Listening Quiz

  • 6

    AY /eɪ/ and EH /ɛ/ Vowels

    • Introduction to the AY /eɪ/ and EH /ɛ/ vowels

    • How to Pronounce the AY /eɪ/ vowel

    • AY /eɪ/ vowel: Words

    • AY /eɪ/ vowel: Sentences

    • AY /eɪ/ vowel: Looped Practice

    • How to Pronounce the EH /ɛ/ Vowel

    • EH /ɛ/ Vowel: Words

    • EH /ɛ/ vowel: Sentences

    • EH /ɛ/ Vowel: Looped Practice

    • AY /eɪ/ and EH /ɛ/: Minimal Pairs

    • AY /eɪ/ and EH /ɛ/: Looped Practice

    • AY /eɪ/ and EH /ɛ/: Listening Quiz

  • 7

    AA /æ/, UH /ʌ/, and AH /ɑ/ Vowels

    • Introduction to the AA /æ/, UH /ʌ/, and AH /ɑ/ Vowels

    • How to Pronounce the AA /æ/ Vowel

    • AA /æ/ Vowel: Words

    • AA /æ/ vowel: Sentences

    • AA /æ/ Vowel: Looped Practice

    • How to Pronounce the UH /ʌ/ Vowel

    • UH /ʌ/ Vowel: Words

    • UH /ʌ/ Vowel: Sentences

    • UH /ʌ/ Vowel: Looped Practice

    • How to Pronounce the AH /ɑ/ Vowel

    • AH /ɑ/ Vowel: Words

    • AH /ɑ/ Vowel: Sentences

    • AH /ɑ/ Vowel: Looped Practice

    • AA /æ/, UH /ʌ/, and AH /ɑ/: Minimal Pairs

    • AA /æ/, UH /ʌ/, and AH /ɑ/: Looped Practice

    • AA /æ/, UH /ʌ/, and AH /ɑ/: Listening Quiz

  • 8

    OO /u/ and UH /ʊ/ Vowels

    • Introduction to the OO /u/ and UH /ʊ/ Vowels

    • How to Pronounce the OO /u/ Vowel

    • OO /u / Vowel: Words

    • OO /u/ vowel: Sentences

    • OO /u/ Vowel: Looped Practice

    • How to Pronounce the UH /ʊ/ Vowel

    • UH /ʊ/ Vowel: Words

    • UH /ʊ/ vowel: Sentences

    • UH /ʊ/ Vowel: Looped Practice

    • OO /u/ and UH /ʊ/: Minimal Pairs

    • OO /u/ and UH /ʊ/: Looped Practice

    • OO /u/ and UH /ʊ/: Listening Quiz

  • 9

    Schwa UH /ə/ Vowel

    • Introduction to the Schwa UH /ə/ Vowel

    • How to Pronounce the Schwa UH /ə/ Vowel

    • Schwa UH /ə/ Vowel: Words

    • Schwa UH /ə/ vowel: Sentences

    • Schwa /ə/ Vowel: Looped Practice

    • Schwa /ə/ Vowel: Minimal Pairs

    • Schwa /ə/ Vowel: Looped Practice

    • Schwa /ə/ Vowel: Listening Quiz

  • 10

    OH /oʊ/ and OW /aʊ/ Vowels

    • Introduction to the OH /oʊ/ and OW /aʊ/ Vowels

    • How to Pronounce the OH /oʊ/ Vowel

    • OH /oʊ/ Vowel: Words

    • OH /oʊ/ vowel: Sentences

    • OH /oʊ/ Vowel: Looped Practice

    • How to Pronounce the OW /aʊ/ Vowel

    • OW /aʊ/ Vowel: Words

    • OW /aʊ/ vowel: Sentences

    • OW /aʊ/ Vowel: Looped Practice

    • OH /oʊ/ and OW /aʊ/: Minimal Pairs

    • OH /oʊ/ and OW /aʊ/: Looped Practice

    • OH /oʊ/ and OW /aʊ/: Listening Quiz

  • 11

    AI /aɪ/ and OY /ɔɪ/ Vowels

    • Introduction to the AI /aɪ/ and OY /ɔɪ/ Vowels

    • How to Pronounce the AI /aɪ/ Vowel

    • AI /aɪ/ Vowel: Words

    • AI /aɪ/ Vowel: Sentences

    • AI /aɪ/ Vowel: Looped Practice

    • How to Pronounce the OY /ɔɪ/ Vowel

    • OY /ɔɪ/ Vowel: Words

    • OY /ɔɪ/ Vowel: Sentences

    • OY /ɔɪ/ Vowel: Looped Practice

    • AY /eɪ/, AI /aɪ/, and OY /ɔɪ/: Minimal Pairs

    • AY /eɪ/, AI /aɪ/, and OY /ɔɪ/: Looped Practice

    • AY /eɪ/, AI /aɪ/, and OY /ɔɪ/: Listening Quiz

  • 12

    Introduction to R-colored Vowels

    • Introduction to the R-colored Vowels

    • Introduction to the R-colored Vowels: Video

  • 13

    ER /ɝ, ɚ/ Vowels

    • Introduction to the ER /ɝ, ɚ/ Vowels

    • How to Pronounce the ER /ɝ, ɚ/ Vowels

    • ER /ɝ/ Vowel: Words

    • ER /ɝ/ Vowel: Sentences

    • ER /ɝ/ Vowel: Looped Practice

    • ER /ɚ/ Vowel: Words

    • ER /ɚ/ Vowel: Sentences

    • ER /ɚ/ Vowel: Looped Practice

    • ER /ɝ, ɚ/ and UH /ʌ, ə/: Minimal Pairs

    • ER /ɝ, ɚ/ and UH /ʌ, ə/: Looped Practice

    • ER /ɝ, ɚ/ and UH /ʌ, ə/: Listening Quiz

  • 14

    AR /ɑɹ/, EAR /ɪɹ/, AIR /ɛɹ/ Vowels

    • Introduction to the AR /ɑɹ/, EAR /ɪɹ/, and AIR /ɛɹ/ Vowels

    • How to Pronounce the AR /ɑɹ/ Vowel

    • AR /ɑɹ/ vowel: Words

    • AR /ɑɹ/ Vowel: Sentences

    • AR /ɑɹ/ vowel: Looped Practice

    • How to Pronounce the EAR /ɪɹ/ Vowel

    • EAR /ɪɹ/ Vowel: Words

    • EAR /ɪɹ/ vowel: Sentences

    • EAR /ɪɹ/ Vowel: Looped Practice

    • How to pronounce the AIR /ɛɹ/ Vowel

    • AIR /ɛɹ/ Vowel: Words

    • AIR /ɛɹ/ vowel: Sentences

    • AIR /ɛɹ/ Vowel: Looped Practice

    • AR /ɑɹ/, EAR /ɪɹ/, and AIR /ɛɹ/: Minimal Pairs

    • AR /ɑɹ/, EAR /ɪɹ/, and AIR /ɛɹ/: Looped Practice

    • AR /ɑɹ/, EAR /ɪɹ/, and AIR /ɛɹ/: Listening Quiz

  • 15

    OR /ɔɹ/, OOR /ʊɹ/ Vowels

    • Introduction to the OR /ɔɹ/ and OOR /ʊɹ/ Vowels

    • How to Pronounce the OR /ɔɹ/ Vowel

    • OR /ɔɹ/ Vowel: Words

    • OR /ɔɹ/ vowel: Sentences

    • OR /ɔɹ/ Vowel: Looped Practice

    • How to Pronounce the OOR /ʊɹ/ Vowel

    • OOR /ʊɹ/ Vowel: Words

    • OOR /ʊɹ/ Vowel: Sentences

    • OOR /ʊɹ/ Vowel: Looped Practice

    • OR /ɔɹ/ and OOR /ʊɹ/: Minimal Pairs

    • OR /ɔɹ/ and OOR /ʊɹ/: Looped Practice

    • OR /ɔɹ/ and OOR /ʊɹ/: Listening Quiz

  • 16

    Course Wrap-up!

    • Congratulations!

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American English Vowels for Hindi / Urdu Speakers

Course details

What will I learn? 

This comprehensive online course will start by teaching you the differences and similarities between American English vowels and Hindustani vowels. Then you'll learn about key vowel considerations that impact the accurate pronunciation of all vowels, such as vowel reductions, nasality of vowels, and vowel length. Then the practice: You'll practice each vowel of American English with over 1,500 audio files, 60+ videos, and detailed instructions on "What to do / What not to do" when pronouncing that vowel. Every chapter has quizzes to test your knowledge and end-of-chapter pronunciation challenges to maximize your learning.


How do I receive extra help during the course?

You can participate in the online SDVA Facebook community if you have questions or want extra help along the way. 

Additionally, you can purchase discounted private accent training with Julie if you want more personalized coaching and pronunciation guidance as you complete the course. You can add these one-on-one sessions at the time of purchase, or contact Julie for more information (julie@sandiegovoiceandaccent.com).


Who should take this course? 

This vowels course was specifically designed for native speakers of Hindi, Urdu, and the related Indian languages. The course material was written from the perspective of a native Hindustani speaker and the typical pronunciation differences that person may have when speaking American English. If you are ready to dive deep into the American English vowel system and master both the theory and the pronunciation of American English vowels, then this course is for you!


What English skill level should I have before I take this course?

The material in this course is best for a skill level of intermediate and above. However, I would encourage beginners of English to enroll and try to follow along with the videos and exercises (captions are available).  It's never too early to start learning about American English pronunciation!


Why should I take this course on the American English vowels?

Pronunciation can't be learned from a book. Once a word is spoken out loud, its pronunciation often changes, and the only way to learn about that pronunciation is to listen to native speakers and then imitate them. This course will give you the opportunity to do just that - listen to and imitate native speakers of American English - with powerful practice material and instructions that were written from the perspective of your native language. 

But even more - if you need additional guidance and support, you can join the SDVA Facebook community to ask questions and receive feedback. You can also schedule private coaching sessions with Julie along the way, if you want more personalized accent coaching.

 


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Meet the Instructor

Founder of San Diego Voice and Accent

Julie Cunningham

Hi! I'm Julie, a licensed speech-language pathologist, and I help professionals take their communication skills to the next level. I specialize in private accent reduction training, group accent reduction classes, and professional voice / executive skills coaching. I also serve on the Executive Board of the Corporate Speech Pathology Network (CORSPAN) and publish weekly pronunciation videos on YouTube, Instagram, and the Reddit community r/AmericanAccent.

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Juan V.

I recently finished a 10 sessions program with Julie and I am completely satisfied with the results. Since the first class, it was clear that she was an expert on the subject and created a safe space to practice and ask. The program is completely structured to your needs and based on an initial feedback on your English level, which is probably affected by your mother tongue. It was quite helpful to know the aspects that I needed to improve, but at the same time to be versatile enough to focus on the points you feel less confident. Julie is very organized, so you are aware beforehand of how the class will be, together with feedback of your assignments. I totally recommend Julie if you are looking for a coach that helps you improve those details of your accent that limit your communication or make you feel less confident. My best piece of advice is take the leap to reach your English goals!

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So thankful for Julie! She is an outstanding instructor; organized, flexible, knowledgeable, dependable, objective, honest, and committed to help her students succeed. Despite being unable to complete the 16 lesson course due to other commitments. I was able to improve my pronunciation during our 9 sessions, and most importantly, increase my awareness of speech patterns that as an ESL student was not familiar with. Working with Julie has significantly improved my overall confidence in speaking the English language. I particularly appreciate her honest feedback, and all the resources provided during our sessions. I highly recommend working with Julie for anybody wanting to improve their pronunciation and understanding of American speech patterns. So worth it!

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I had the pleasure of working with Julie on my standard American accent. Her knowledge and supportive instruction style made the experience truly enjoyable and worthwhile. Her professional yet easy going manner made me feel comfortable from the outset. Julie was encouraging, enthusiastic and most of all patient. I have renewed confidence in my accent capability and I have her to thank for it.

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I am a college student and have taken Julie's classes for over six months. Julie fixed my Chinese accent and improved my speech skills. She is one of the most responsible teachers I ever have. Julie is VERY ORGANIZED. She would make a plan every time before class and give good feedback after. Julie would always upload helpful practices in Google Drive with an organized format. I also had a practice sheet that tracked my practice time. All of these small details made me study and make progress spontaneously. Julie is also extremely precise and experienced. I had a Chinese accent and she was able to find my minor flaws and give me efficient ways to fix them. I was always able to see my improvement after each class. I am very fortunate to learn from Julie. If you want to fix your accent precisely and efficiently, Julie will be your best choice.

I feel others can understand me better!

Hong Y.

Julie provided key information on American English pronunciation. Before I attended her 4-week seminar, I thought my pronunciation was pretty good. After the first class, I realized that there are still many things I can improve on. She provided information and feedback on how I can improve my pronunciation skills. I liked very much her practice in the class. The information I learned in her classes helped me to hear and understand better what others are saying. And with practice, I can feel others can understand me better as well. Julie has a great way of helping me to realize how the muscles in my mouth can move in a way to fulfill the need for the word at hand. This is exactly what I need to improve.

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Sunit V.

Working with Julie was awesome! She helped customize the syllabus as per the feedback from my initial performance review, which helped me focus on my weak areas such as understanding intonation, consonants, and American English pronunciation. The course gave me a jump start to becoming a better story teller.

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American English vowels for Hindustani speakers

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FAQ

  • How long will it take me to complete this course?

    The course was designed to be completed in 4 - 8 weeks, though this may be different for each person. You are encouraged to spend as much time as you need to on each chapter, and you can also repeat any chapters in order to maximize your learning.

  • How long will I have access to this course?

    You will be able to access the course for as long as you remain enrolled.

  • How do I unenroll from this course?

    You are able to unenroll at any time in your Account Settings.

  • I've completed the course, and I'm interested in improving my English pronunciation even more. What should I do?

    If you want to take your American English pronunciation / American accent training to the next level, contact me for a free consultation to discuss private accent coaching (julie@sandiegovoiceandaccent.com).

  • I want to learn more about my specific pronunciation patterns. Can I complete a speech evaluation?

    Yes! If you want to know your baseline pronunciation skills, SDVA offers a comprehensive speech and pronunciation evaluation. You can add this to your cart at the time of purchase.