Fun with English: The Pronunciation Manual and Book Videos

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Fun with English: The Pronunciation Manual and Book Videos

Featured earlier today on the Ellen DeGeneres show were two insightful ways to pronounce words in the American English language.  The Pronunciation Book is a series of English pronunciation videos of single words correctly spoken.  The other, The Pronunciation Manual, is a spoof on the Pronunciation Book videos.  Here is a video of Ellen’s feature on the topic:


What is the Pronunciation Book?

The Pronunciation Book is a YouTube channel in which English words and names are pronounced for the purpose of helping non-English speakers. The videos have been added steadily for over a year since it began on April 14th, 2010.  Here is an example video. More can be found on YouTube.


What is the Pronunciation Manual?

Pronunciation Manual, on the other hand, is a You Tube channel with ridiculously incorrect pronunciations that look just like the videos from Pronunciation Book’s original video series.  In the video, each featured word is mispronounced intentionally for comedic and trolling purposes.  If you are learning how to speak English properly, these videos are not going to help you in anyway.


Learning American English – Don’t be Spoofed!

To the average, everyday American these videos can be hilarious.  We love to hear our words spoken by a foreign accent.  But let’s be serious for just a moment.  Learning American English is difficult and we here at Accent Pros want to help you understand the differences between the Pronunciation Book and Manual.  The book videos are for real.  The manual videos… they are just for fun.  Might be in your best interest to steer clear of the videos until you have a strong command of the English language.


How Do You Pronounce That Word?

One tool you can use to determine how to correctly pronounce a word comes from  Forvo is the largest pronunciation guide in the world. Ever wondered how a word is pronounced? Ask for that word or name, and another user will pronounce it for you. You can also help others by recording your pronunciations in your own language.  In the meantime, you can also check out our very large and extensive accent tutorials here at

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