Pronunciation at the tap of your phone


A few months ago we introduced you to the free version of Sounds: The Pronunciation App. You can find more about it in the post: What’s your phone got to do with Adrian Underhill? The app spread like wildfire, both teachers and students have been thrilled about the new way of practising pronunciation. Now we are ecstatic to present to you a shiny Premium edition of Sounds: The Pronunciation App. Once again in the process of creating the Premium edition we were thinking about teachers, students and the English language lovers and we’ve packed the app with more goodies than before!

What’s in it:

•    It doesn’t matter whether you are a British or American pronunciation fan it works with both and you can switch between them at any time and mood you are in.

•    Incredibly interactive Phonetic Chart with audio which makes it all easier.

•    Quizzes: Perfect if you are waiting for the bus or looking for a warm-up activity, you have the option to focus on listening, writing or reading. You can play in ‘3 Lives’ or ‘3 minutes’ modes. Who is the ultimate pronunciation champion in your class?

•     Vocabulary wordlist (over 650 words!): every word goes with an audio recording and to make sure you’ve got it right you can record and play it back. Your students will be happy to use their iphones during a vocabulary lesson.

•    There are not one but THREE different practice modes: reading, listening, and writing. You can practise random words from the Wordlist or focus on the words you struggle with.

•    Phonemic Typewriter for free practice with copy to clipboard functionality.

•   For teachers:
•    Top Ten Tips for teaching pronunciation.
•    ‘Teaching with the Chart’ workshop video with Adrian Underhill to watch on the way to work.

•    For students:
•    Information on why pronunciation is important.
•    Top Ten Tips for studying pronunciation.

You can download the Premium edition of Sounds: The Pronunciation App here:

We don’t just want to talk about it and tell you how phenomenal Premium edition of  Sounds: The Pronunciation App is. We  also want to equip you for the new school year and there are 2 Premium edition Sounds: The Pronunciation App to win!

To win Premium edition of Sounds: The Pronunciation App finish the sentence:

My favourite word to pronounce is…………….. because………………….

Please send a completed sentence to

We will wait to hear from you until 5th August 2011.

We will select the best two and announce the winners on the 10th August 2011.



  • We Mexicans, I’m not sure about the rest of hispanics. Are utgoht at school the difference between “b” and “v” but for some cultural reason we don’t use this rule when we speak. It’s not a hard topic but only a matter of practice. If she’s that advanced she will get it in no time. I have questions on how to teach teens. I don’t know how to teach someone that has no interest in learning. I’m a teacher for junior high and high school students here in Mexico. Is there anything you can recommend? Regards, Wendy Avalos

    Posted by Joseph on March 06th 2012
  • Hi Wendy, Thank you very much for your comment. I think with teenagers the most difficult thing is to find an interesting topic, something that will grab their attention. I always tried to find out what their interests were and built them into some parts of the lessons. It might be difficult to incorporate interests of all students in the class into one lesson, but it’s worth trying and mixing things.
    You may also try the Owl Hall ( a multi-media, multi-channel experience on In addition to the audio serialization there is also an Owl Hall website which is an integral part of the Owl Hall story. The Owl Hall website is a place where your students can go to find out about Owl Hall â�� the house itself, the main characters and their stories. They can also watch Karaâ��s video tour of Owl Hall and read and comment on her blogs as she writes them. There’s also a blog that she writes and the video she films on her mobile phone during her time there.
    I think it perfectly gathers teenage students� interest: stories, online element and creativity.

    Additionally, you can also try doing with your teenage students online posters like the one I wrote about here: or writing a story Both options give students a chance to use in context the studied areas of the language as well as can get involve their interests.

    You can also try to get engage students in writing a script for a movie using ideas from this posting

    Students might be also interested in cartoons:

    Let me know how it goes!


    Posted by Joanna Trzmielewska on March 08th 2012

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