This great FLASH animation from the University of Iowa's website shows you how to make the sounds of American English.It shows you exactly what you have to do in your mouth to make these sounds, plays the sounds for you, and has examples of words using the sounds so you can see and hear how they are made.

Just go to the website and experiment by clicking different things on it to see how it works. In the picture below we see some of the sounds that are most difficult for Chinese speakers. To get to it, just click on the picture below and click on "manner" and "fricative" and choose a sound.


The Sounds of English

Here is another good website for improving your pronunciation. You can watch a short video, do a quiz or download a programme about pronunciaiton.

Sounds of English