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Aimed at beginners, this ongoing series of video lessons focuses on the English alphabet and how to pronounce the letters in words. Sigrid illustrates using actual household items as well as stills and video clips from real life, enabling learners to enrich their vocabulary at the same time.

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Showing 1-32 of 32 Totaling 2 hours 28 minutes

The Alphabet - Introduction to the Alphabet

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Sigrid introduces her series on English pronunciation and tells us why there isn't always just one "right" way to pronounce words.

The Alphabet - the letter A - Part 1

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Sigrid uses common household objects to explain two ways to pronounce the letter A.

The Alphabet - the letter A - Part 2

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Sigrid explains a third way to pronounce the letter "A." For the first two ways, see Sigrid explains: the letter A - Part 1 of 4.

The Alphabet - the letter A - Part 3

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Sigrid explains that "A" is also a very important one-letter word.

The Alphabet - the letter A - Part 4

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We're finally at the end of the letter "A." Sigrid talks about the unstressed sound of "A" in words, and gives us some examples. For other pronunciations, see parts 1, 2, and 3.

The Alphabet - the Letter B - Part 1

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Sigrid looks at the letter "B" as followed by either a vowel or a consonant, and the sound of the double "B" as well.

The Alphabet - the Letter B - Part 2

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Sigrid finishes telling us about pronouncing the letter "B." Here's part 1 in case you missed it.

The Alphabet - the Letter C

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Sigrid explains about the "hard" and "soft" sounds for the letter "C."

The Alphabet - the Letter D

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"D" is a voiced consonant that sounds a bit different depending on its context in a word or sentence.

The Alphabet - the Letter E

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Sigrid explains various sounds associated with the letter "E."

The Alphabet - the Letter F

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Let's learn about pronouncing the letter "F" in various contexts.

The Alphabet - the Letter G

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Sigrid talks about the hard and soft sounds for the letter "G", and gives us some practical examples with "G" at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of a word.

The Alphabet - the Letter I

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Sigrid explains about pronouncing "I" in two different ways. It's easy to mix up a short "I" with a long "E" sound.

The Alphabet - the Letter J

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J has just one pronunciation, except for foreign words. It usually sounds like a soft "G."

The Alphabet - the Letter H

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"H" is a tricky letter for lots of folks. Sigrid shows us how to make the sound, and gives us plenty of examples.

The Alphabet - the Letter K

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The letter K is easy to pronounce, but there's an important exception when it's combined with one other letter in particular. Can you guess which?

The Alphabet - the Letter L - Part 1

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Sigrid introduces the letter "L" and gives us lots of examples of how it is used in words. The tricky thing is knowing when the "L" is silent.

The Alphabet - the Letter L - Part 2

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Sigrid talks about a different way to say "OK," which involves the letter "L." Not everyone pronounces "L" the same way, and it can be hard to understand sometimes.

The Alphabet - the Letter M

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Sigrid talks about some important words starting with "M" and gives us some tips about using many and much with countable and uncountable nouns.

The Alphabet - the Letter N

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Like the letter "M," "N" is almost singable. Sigrid gives you some tips about some very important words containing the letter "N."

The Alphabet - the Letter O

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The letter "O" is a tricky vowel, because there are several ways to pronounce it, both when it's single and when it's double!

The Alphabet - the Letter P

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Most of the time "P" is simply pronounced like a "P," but there are a few cases in which "P" is silent. Sigrid gives us plenty of examples of handy words with "P."

The Alphabet - the Letter Q

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The consonant "Q" is a special letter. We almost never find it without a "U" following it. Sigrid gives us plenty of examples of how it's used.

The Alphabet - the Letter R

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The letter "R" is difficult to pronounce for lots of people, even native speakers. Sigrid shows us how "R" sounds in different kinds of words.

The Alphabet - the Letter S

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The letter "S" has a couple of different sounds. It's a very important letter because it's used to form the plural of many nouns as well as the third person singular of verbs.

The Alphabet - the Letter U

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"U" is an interesting vowel, and has a few different sounds. It can even sound like the consonant "Y," and combines with other vowels to make new sounds.

The Alphabet - the Letter T

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"T" is for "tricky." Depending on what letters "T" is combined with or next to, it is pronounced differently. Sigrid explains and gives some examples.

The Alphabet - the Letter V

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"V" is a voiced consonant. "Voice" starts with "V." We make the sound with the upper teeth lightly touching the lower lip, like "F" but with the voice, too. It vibrates. The verb "to vibrate" also starts with "V." That should make it easy to remember.

The Alphabet - the Letter W

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"W" is a consonant, but it is very vowel-like and is considered a "semi-vowel." "W" is featured in plenty of important words, and it combines with other letters to make some new sounds.

The Alphabet - the Letter X

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"X" is a special letter in that we often use it by itself. It's useful in a lot of situations. In the middle of a word, however, it can be pronounced in a few different ways.

The Alphabet - the Letter Y

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"Y" is a tricky letter because it's both a consonant and a vowel. As a vowel, it has different sounds. Don't worry. But hey, maybe keep your eye on the "Y." Don't let it fly away.

The Alphabet - the Letter Z

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Sigrid finishes the alphabet with "Z," covering words like "zone" and "zebra," but also the useful suffix "-ize."

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