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English pronunciations – British and American audio pronunciations

We know that many learners find writing and reading in English much easier than speaking in English. Often this is because learners worry about how their English will sound. The audio pronunciations in British English and American English will help you to practise speaking in English with confidence.

Clear definitions

If you're just starting out on your journey into English, our clear definitions will make learning new words and phrases easier. We don't want you to be confused by unnecessarily complicated definitions, so we have written them in clear, simple English, using a controlled vocabulary of just 2,500 of the most frequent words in English: words you are sure to know.

Key vocabulary and common words in English –
red words and star system

What are the most frequent words in English? We know that there are 7,500 important words in speaking and writing that every learner needs to know. These words are in red. The stars show how common the words are:

words are used a lot,
words are used more, and
words are used the most.

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Sometimes it is difficult to tell how one word is different from another word. For instance, what is the difference between a whimper and a moan? Or a shout and a scream? The sound effect buttons will help to make the differences clearer.

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