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Building Pronunciation Confidence with Hadar’s Sprints

As an English learner, you probably already know that speaking is a big part of improving EVERYTHING about your English.

And if you don’t speak English on a daily basis, when you DO speak, it may seem like you’re only using about 25% of what you know whether it’s grammar, vocabulary, or pronunciation.

As a result, you get stuck, seem to forget words or how to form a grammatical sentence (have? has?), mispronounce words, and get way too self-conscious and insecure about speaking.

So – how can you overcome this?
How can you create the speaking experience and muscle memory of correct sounds, grammatically correct sentences and new words WITHOUT the opportunity of using it all in context day in and day out?

Exactly for that reason I created the daily sprints. (download the sprint here)

The sprints are a sequence of pronunciation drills aimed at building pronunciation confidence in new sounds, new words and common grammar structures.

The repetition builds muscle memory so it becomes easier to use these sounds, retrieving the words and internalizing the grammar rule used.
All while working from the outside IN.

I’ve been using the sprints in my programs and my students tell me this is HANDS DOWN the most effective exercise they’ve ever done.

Today, I wanted to share it with you too.

Get ready…. Set…. SPRINT!


Welcome to my Sprint. A Sprint is a 10-minute exercise that I’ve come up with, that is comprised of a sequence of pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary drills, aimed at boosting your fluency from the outside in through building Pronunciation Confidence.

Pronunciation Confidence is a technique that I’ve developed and I’ve been using it in my programs and courses, and it has helped hundreds of students transform their English. Are you ready? Let’s get started.

buh x3, puh x3, muh x3

tuh, duh, nuh, luh

tuh x3, duh x3, nuh x3, luh x3

ee /i/, I /ɪ/, ei /eɪ/, a /æ/, ai /aɪ/

bee, bi, bei, ba, bai


buw, bu, bow, baw, baa

S – Z

F – V

S – Z

F – V

N – TH

S – TH


in the

on the

in the, on the

in this, in that

cup-cop [kuhp – kaap] IPA: kʌp – kɑːp

run-Ron [ruhn – raan] IPA: rʌn – rɑːn

bus-boss [buhs – baas] IPA: bʌs – bɑːs

color-collar [kuhl’r – kaal’r] IPA: ˈkʌlər – ˈkɑːlər

bet-bait [bet – beit] IPA: bet – beɪt

sell-sale [sel – seil] IPA: sel – seɪl

stare-stir [ster – st’r] IPA: steər – stɜːr

hair-her [her – h’r] IPA: heər -hɜːr

fair-fur [fer – f’r] IPA: feər -fɜːr

Same words – nouns versus verbs. The difference is in the stress.

PREsent-preSENT [pre-z’nt – pruh-zent]

REcord-reCORD [re-k’rd – ruh-kord]

PERmit-perMIT [pur-mit – p’r-mit]

CONtrast-conTRAST [kaan-trast – k’n-trast]

INsult-inSULT [in-suhlt – in-suhlt]

That was an INsult.

He inSULTed me.

That was an INsult.

He inSULTed me.


Convenient [k’n-VEEN-y’nt]. ‘Convenient’ is fitting well with a person’s needs, activities and plans. Convenient [k’n-VEEN-y’nt]. It’s so convenient. Do whatever is convenient for you. Oh, how convenient! It’s the most convenient place for shopping.

Drills of conditionals. Conditional number one. Things that are likely to happen: Present – Simple Future.

If he calls, you’ll pick up the phone. If you don’t hurry, you’ll miss the bus. If I have time, I’ll finish that task. If you spill it, you’ll get wet.

Conditional 2. Unlikely or hypothetical situations. Past – Would. Simple Past – Would.

If I won the lottery, I’d travel the world. If I lived in the center, I’d see her more often. If the boys were older, I would take them with me. If the boys were older, I’d take them with me.

‘Take over’ – to begin to do something that someone else was doing, or to take control over the situation. Take over /teɪk oʊvəɹ/.

Can you take over the cooking while I walk the dog? Andrea took over as the CEO after Martha retired.

I go with her to the market every Saturday. Focal intonation. ‘I’ go with her to the market every Saturday, not her. I go with HER to the market every Saturday. I go with her to the MARKET every Saturday. Not to the beach. I go with her to the market every Saturday.

I go with her to the MARKET every Saturday. I go with her to the market EVERY Saturday, not once a month. I go with her to the market EVERY Saturday. I go with her to the market every SATURDAY, not Sunday. I go with her to the market every SATURDAY. And again, neutral intonation: I go with her to the market every Saturday.

OK, that’s it. You did it. Now put your hand on your belly and take a deep breath in. Breathe out. Take a deep breath again, breathe out. That’s it. Great.

Now, if you like this Sprint and you’d like to see more of those Sprints on my channel, then write the word more in the comments. And let me tell you this. The reason why it works is because we’re working from the outside in. So doing those drills, those grammar drills and pronunciation drills, and drilling words, and phrases, and phrasal verbs helps you remember it through your muscles, through the act of doing it again and again and again.

My students report that they start using these structures and start using these words and phrasal verbs without thinking about them. It just comes up in the middle of a conversation or in the middle of the sentence, and then they say that it actually works.

Now, if you want to find out more about Beyond – my secret program for English learners, where we share a different sprint every single weekday, then click on the link below and get on the list to find out when we open doors again.

Thank you so much for doing this. And have a beautiful, beautiful day. And I’ll see you in the next Sprint.

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26 Responses

  1. My good lady, what is this?
    First time accessing this and I was out of breath.
    Good thing she took a breath at the end of the video. I thought it was a robot. I’ll have to watch it 10 more times to get halfway through what she taught. How can she be so fast in diction? Then I’m going to rest my tongue for a week.

  2. I like this so much. I will practice this until I get comfortable with these sounds. Honestly, I didn’t know Sprints or anything about this. Thanks a million, Hadar💕 love you so much 😍😍😍😘

  3. I think these videos are very useful, but for me is too quickly. I suppose that with the practice I will get it.
    Thank Hadar, you inspire me?

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