How to Learn English Vocabulary and Pronunciation
Did you know, according to Oxford, there are over 171,000 words in use in the English language? That doesn’t even count all the old-style English words that we don’t use anymore, like “thou” or “erstwhile.” In fact, if you really want to be knowledgeable about English history and read some classic old English texts, you’ll have to learn those too!
So, you ONLY have to learn 211,000+ words…
That is a lot! In fact, this is why a lot of language learners feel overwhelmed. With so many hundreds of thousands of words to learn, where do you start?
Most English language classes and textbooks tell you to start learning words by categories like colors, animals and foods. But these are not the most useful words! You need to know the most frequently used words because you will actually need to use them a lot in speaking and writing!
Start with the words you will use the most — the 100 most common words in English.
Review the Correct Pronunciation of Common Words
If you want to improve your vocabulary and pronunciation, start with the words you use most often. It doesn’t really matter if you can not say difficult words, for example “squirrel,” because you don’t talk about squirrels (a rodent animal common in the United States) on a daily basis! It is not common. Of course eventually you may want to perfect your pronunciation of words like this, but let’s be honest – it is more useful to concentrate on words that you are going to use every day.
Again, with so many words to learn in English and so many different pronunciation rules, where do you begin?
*If you really do want to work on your pronunciation of words like “squirrel,” then click here to watch this lesson on the R vs. L sounds and how to pronounce them like a native English speaker!
Learn the 100 Most Common Words in English First
In this video lesson you will learn how to clearly and correctly pronounce each of 100 most frequently used words in the English language — in an awesome American accent, of course.
Imagine yourself with a perfect American English accent. I will lead you through each word twice and you have time to practice and repeat along with me.
The words may seem a bit basic, but even advanced English learners can benefit from watching this lesson! Pay attention to the vowel sounds in each word, because this is the most difficult part even for advanced level learners. Ok, let’s go!