Step 1: Select an English sound
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In American English, there are 20 vowels and 24 consonants. You have to be familiar with those sounds and learn the phonetic representation of the sounds. After you login to Pronunciation Patterns, you click "Step 1: Select a sound", then select a sound from 44 sounds to start your lesson as below. After you select the sound, you will see the two list boxes: the left list box contains the short words having the sound and the right one contains the long sounds.