Best Ways to Say

person speaking with bubbleThe “Best ways to say” section presents different ways of making some of the more complex sounds of the English language because everyone learns differently.

Variety is the key to learning, so we have utilised a variety of sources to put together a list of the best ways to say English sounds. They are not in any order but you will often find our version first, if we have one.

Not everyone has trouble pronouncing the same English sounds and words. Depending upon your native language, you might have trouble making the [l] sound whilst someone else has trouble with [r].

Build on the sounds in your language

You probably already have many English sounds in your own native language so why not use them!

Each part of our Best Ways to Say section identifies the same phoneme within a few different languages. If you find there is not a match, try looking at similar sounds within your language. For example, if you don’t have the short vowel sound, see if you have the long vowel sound and shorten it. Use our audio files and English phonetic inventory (pictured below) to guide you.

English phonetic inventory courtesy UC

Check your own phonetic inventory to see which sounds are the same or similar to English.

Latin based languages using international phonetic alphabet (IPA) symbols are easier to compare than non-Latin based languages so you’ll find that languages using a different alphabet are not well represented at the moment.

If you know of a better or different way of making any of the sounds in this section, or if there are other sounds in English you are having trouble with, we would love to hear about them. Add your ideas to the comments section or you can contact us via the Contact form. Your time is always appreciated.

Currently you can find

  • Short vowels
    • æ

Can’t find what you’re looking for?
This is a section we are currently building so if you don’t find what you’re looking for you can subscribe to our Newsletter and receive regular up-dates or check in with us another time.

Try it!

Improve your spoken English by having a go. At the end of each page in the “Best ways to say” section, you will find a heading with “Try it!” just like this one below. This is your opportunity to try out the sounds and compare yours with our English Native Speaker.

Try it!


At the end of each major section, such as Long Vowels you will find a Quick Quiz to see what you’ve learned about each of the sounds covered in the section. Look for the big “Test your knowledge” banner like this one.

Test your knowledge


Image of English Phoneme Inventory is courtesy of The University of California, Department of Linguistics

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