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About the Course

In this first course of The Pronunciation of American English specialization, you will learn and practice all of the consonant sounds of American English, including some pairs of consonants that are especially tricky. Each week you will receive practical advice from successful English learners and practice an effective technique called shadowing to improve your pronunciation of consonant sounds. You will also have opportunities to record yourself and to respond to the recordings of other learners. Only learners who pay for the course will be able to take the graded quizzes or submit assignments for feedback. The free version provides access to the lectures and practice activities only....

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Dec 8, 2020

I enjoyed the class very much! It has given me extensive review of consonant sounds of English and challenged me to hone my fluency through shadowing exercises. Thank you so much Professors!


Jan 19, 2021

The course strengthen the pronunciation skills that is a good start prior getting in the USA.

Congratulations to have professionals Instructors on board.


John Paco Dradria

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By Karla C

Jul 21, 2020

Take this course! It is excellent! I consider myself almost a native-speaker, for I went to American schools starting in 5th grade all the way up to my Senior year in high school. And I still took the course! Why? I had always wondered why some 's's' at the end of some words sound like a 'z'. And why when I heard recordings of myself, my English seemed to sound softer ("ed" vs. "t" sound endings!). And so when I saw the title of this course, I thought I'd check it out. I could not believe my eyes when I found answers to my questions while taking this course. My English already sounds even better! Thank you to Coursera, the school and, of course, the teachers for putting this course out there.

By Vanessa B

Oct 19, 2021

It was a very practical course. They explain how to pronounce the consonants. And the quizzes are all listening exercises, that way your listening skills can improve.

By Gloria V

May 31, 2022

Great Program! We can learn the correct way to pronounce all of the consonant sounds. And with plenty of opportunities to practice, we can identify the sounds that we need to improve on.

By Renato P

May 14, 2020

I really enjoyed this course, and I would strongly recommend it to anyone I know. Thank you very much for putting this course together :)

By John P D

Jan 20, 2021

The course strengthen the pronunciation skills that is a good start prior getting in the USA.

Congratulations to have professionals Instructors on board.


John Paco Dradria

By Pradeep H

Feb 5, 2021

A very helpful and insightful course to learn the articulation and usage of American Consonants. I enjoyed this course a lot. Thank you, tutors, and peers.

By Kelly R

Jun 1, 2020

Great content. Unfortunately, some peers do not understand grading criteria.

By Charles H G S

Sep 8, 2020

The content of the course is awesome, but the interaction of tutors or teachers with the students are totally inexistent. For a course too expensive, at least one native tutor to review our audios and provide a truly feedback would be nice. Also my shadowing records was reviewed by other students that, sometimes, showing less knowledge then me because of their poor writing on the evaluation.

By Julio

Mar 24, 2023

I learned English with the wrong approach: Writing and Reading and then Listening and Speaking. Due to this, I mispronounced a lot of sounds. Thanks to this course, I understand better the secrets of clear pronunciation. I need to practice more, clearly, but UCI teachers have taught me how to do it. I am super grateful. I promise to keep practicing every day, and I am sure that with their knowledge, my pronunciation and accent will be outstanding sooner than later. Thanks, UCI teachers. You rock!

By Maria C F L

Aug 15, 2020

This is an awesome course to refine your pronunciation of the English language. I speak English as a second language and found several tips which I did not learn before about how to recognize sounds better (I have always considered myself to have a little hearing problem) and enunciate my words more so my students can understand me better when I lecture.

By Rosalie P

Dec 8, 2020

I enjoyed the class very much! It has given me extensive review of consonant sounds of English and challenged me to hone my fluency through shadowing exercises. Thank you so much Professors!

By Rocio M

Feb 12, 2021

I loved the course because it gives you real tools to pronounce the sounds. I learned the truth a lot. Thank you very much for the opportunity to participate.

By Remi A

Aug 13, 2020

It's an amazing course. Thanks to all teachers of this course & coursera. I really enjoyed the course & learned a lot about American English Pronunciation.

By Angel R A J

May 27, 2020

I would strongly recommend it to anyone I know. I really enjoyed it. You will become almost addicted to this training.

By Odette L C

Jul 30, 2020

Clearly explained. Good tips to notice what mistakes you are making and how to correct them propertly.


May 28, 2020

It was amazing. I learned a lot of things and really enjoy this course!

By Sajjad S

May 10, 2020

It was an amazing journey. Well designed course.

By Berenice F N

Jun 13, 2020

Unique and useful!

By Mark K

May 11, 2022

The course is almost perfect. I really liked fullfiling and calm explanations of Ms. Yoshida. The course is designed universally for any foreigner so it covers pronunciation of all the sounds, thus those explanantions might seem a bit excessive when explained sounds exist in the mother tongue of a learner. But that's a plus, I just wish there was a bit more specific course for speakers of my native language so I could focus on the most challenging sounds more (/w/, /h/, th and s/z sounds in the positions one after another). What I really lacked is explanation of some consonant combinations that are pronounced differently and are not obvious for non-native speakers, by that I mean -mb endings like in words: comb, womb, tomb, bomb etc Maybe there are some other little secrets of consonants pronunciation I don't know still. All in all, I enjoyed this course and would highly recommend it!

By Md I H

Jun 5, 2020

This course doesn't give a proper evaluation of your assignments... Rubrics are terribly unclear.. Peers will evaluate you so differently.. I don't find this course valuable to buy a certificate. For additional knowledge YES, IT IS GOOD. Content is very well structured and explanations are well taught.

By Zahidul I

Mar 5, 2023

The Consonants of American English Project offered by the University of California at Irvine is nothing short of outstanding! This course is an absolute must-take for anyone interested in improving their English language skills, particularly in the area of pronunciation.

The course covers a comprehensive range of topics related to American English consonants, including their articulation, phonetic transcription, and contextual usage. The instructors are highly knowledgeable and present the material in a clear and engaging manner that keeps you interested throughout the course.

The course also offers a wide range of practical exercises and assignments to help reinforce the concepts learned, making it an excellent choice for anyone looking to improve their English language skills.

Overall, I cannot recommend the Consonants of American English Project highly enough. It is truly an outstanding course that will undoubtedly help you take your English language skills to the next level.

By Valentina D

Oct 20, 2020

Este curso me gustó mucho. Los videos y formas de explicar ciertos sonidos son muy entretenidos y me gusta que en cada semana del curso contemos con consejos de profesoras sobre diferentes temas de pronunciación del inglés americano. Me encanta la tematica de imitar un dialogo ya que en cierta forma te hace sentarte por un largo rato, practicar y practicar y mejorarte a vos misma. Y luego esa actividad puede ser evaluada por compañeros. Los que me evaluaron a mi fueron muy amables y muy acertados en cuanto a sus consejos. Es un curso que sin dudas recomiendo!

By Jorge A B T

Dec 15, 2020

It seems the course has very smart planning of the course for me. Really achieve people to pay attention to details and make people to think of phonetic differences between languages, making emphasis in that some English sounds do not exist in the original language and vise versa, wich convince the student that it is necessary to be careful and to practice with details and let the shame apart to get Americans to understand what he say.

By Jemjira C

Feb 3, 2022

I love this course because it can help me to pronounce consonant sounds correctly. Moreover, the shadowing a conversation assignment was helpful for me because it forced me to imitate the sound like Americans. I really enjoyed studying this coure and I think I obtained new expreriences and more knowledge from this course. If you want to improve your pronunciation try to learn it. You certainly won't be disappointed.

By Cindy H

Jul 22, 2022

I really enjoyed learning about the consonants of American English. It's a very complete course, delivered in a language that can be easily understood. Phonetics is a topic that can be full of specific and complicated lingoes, but the teachers have decided to make it accesible to everybody, with a mastery that only the years of experience and love for teaching could have granted them. Thank you so much!