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Pronunciation Course for Hindi Speakers

Free 21-Day English Pronunciation Course for Hindi Speakers



Are you from South Asia?

Do you believe people sometimes have trouble understanding your English?

Improve your English pronunciation in 21 days with this free course. The goal of the 21-Day English Pronunciation Course for Hindi Speakers is to improve intelligibility and raise awareness of common pronunciation challenges faced by people who speak Hindi as their first language.

Again, the goal is to improve intelligibility and raise awareness of Hindi speakers' common pronunciation challenges.

Why did I say the goal twice?

Because this is not intended to be a magic cure for all your speaking problems, instead, expect significant improvement in your English-speaking intelligibility. In other words, by the end of this course, people will be able to understand you better when you speak English.

Over the next 21 days, we will target twelve specific sounds (four consonants, four vowels, and four consonant clusters) that often give Hindi speakers trouble. When you practice each sound, you will complete five different activities:

  • Minimal Pairs
  • Vowels
  • Syllable Stress
  • Reduced Sounds
  • Tongue Twisters

The sounds of English do not exist in a vacuum, so we practice these sounds on the word level and sentence level. These activities will improve your understanding of American English stress patterns, reduced sounds, and speech music.

There are a multitude of Hindi dialects with distinct features. This 21-day course is a general guideline, so feel free to tweak the recommended daily practice based on your needs.

If you would like more ideas on how to work on your pronunciation outside of this program, you can jump to the section Additional Resources for Hindi Speakers.

Do You Need This 21-Day Pronunciation Course?

Many English language learners believe pronunciation is their biggest weakness.

A student recently confessed, “If I improve my pronunciation, my English will be perfect.

She was wrong.

The fact is you might NOT need to work directly on your pronunciation.

Listen to these three speaking samples from Hindi speakers preparing for the TOEFL iBT. The original questions can be found on TST Prep’s official website.

Read the summary below each response and compare your pronunciation.

01, Female, Hindi, Talking About Modernism

She needs to work on her pronunciation. Her accent thickens as her response progresses, making it harder to understand. Besides struggling with words like method, she has trouble linking words and sounds. The 21-day pronunciation course would be a good fit for her, especially the sections where she must practice reduced sounds and tongue twisters.

02, Male, Hindi, Talking About the Industrial Revolution

Pronunciation is NOT a weakness for him. The words and phrases he used were easy to understand. He had some issues with speech music and linking words and phrases, but it did not lead to miscommunication. This 21-day pronunciation course is NOT a good fit for him.

03, Male, Hindi, Preserving Artifacts

The student’s pronunciation of specific sounds is not an issue. However, this student needs to work on his overall speech music. He has little to no intonation or stress. His response sounds robotic. While this 21-day course might not be the perfect fit, he would benefit greatly from practicing syllable stress, tongue twisters, and reduced sounds. In the end, I recommend this student complete the 21-day pronunciation course.

If you want feedback and pronunciation advice from an experienced teacher, send an email to Josh at [email protected].


The 21-Day Pronunciation Course for Hindi Speakers

The Speaker English collection of sound practice includes 18 consonant sounds, 20 vowel sounds, and 25 consonant clusters. These are the sounds of American English.

Consonants: p, b, t, d, k, g, v, l, r, z, s, h, dʒ (dg), m, n, w, j (y), f

Vowels: æ (a), eɪ (A), e(ɛ), i: (ee), ɪ (i), aɪ (ai), ɒ (o), ɘʊ (O), ʌ (u), Ʊ (oo), u: (oo), aʊ (ow), ɔɪ (oi), ɪə (eer), ə (“uh”/schwa), ɜ: (er), ɔ: (aw/or), a: (ar), eə (air), ʊɘ (ur)

Consonant Clusters: zh (ʒ), ng (ŋ), sh (ʃ), ch (tʃ), th (ð, voiced), th (θ, unvoiced), bl, br, st, sw, cl, cr, dr, fr, fl, gl, gr, pl, pr, tr, sk, sl, sm, sn, sp

Each day, you will complete various activities on four different sounds.

Even though there may be other sounds you struggle to pronounce well, we have selected 12 sounds most Hindi speakers find challenging. This represents a large sample size that will target current weaknesses and improve your overall intelligibility.



  • p
  • v
  • j (y)
  • dʒ (dg)


  • Ʊ (oo)
  • ɔɪ (oi)
  • ɪə (eer)
  • aʊ (ow)

Consonant Clusters:

  • sh (ʃ)
  • th (ð, voiced)
  • br
  • ch (tʃ)


Follow the links below and complete the given assignments. Set aside approximately 30 minutes each day to complete all activities.


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14
Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19 Day 20 Day 21


Additional Resources for Hindi Speakers

It is important to note that this 21-day pronunciation course is not a one-size-fits-all solution. I encourage you to tweak this plan based on personal preference.

Regarding particular sounds, I have highlighted sounds often identified as troublesome for Hindi speakers.

Consonants: p, b, t, d, k, g, v, l, r, z, s, h, dʒ (dg), m, n, w, j (y), f

Vowels: æ (a), eɪ (A), e(ɛ), i: (ee), ɪ (i), aɪ (ai), ɒ (o), ɘʊ (O), ʌ (u), Ʊ (oo), u: (oo), aʊ (ow), ɔɪ (oi), ɪə (eer), ə (“uh”/schwa), ɜ: (er), ɔ: (aw/or), a: (ar), eə (air), ʊɘ (ur)

Consonant Clusters: zh (ʒ), ng (ŋ), sh (ʃ), ch (tʃ), th (ð, voiced), th (θ, unvoiced), bl, br, st, sw, cl, cr, dr, fr, fl, gl, gr, pl, pr, tr, sk, sl, sm, sn, sp

If you went through the pronunciation course, you know there are five activities to complete each day:

  • Minimal Pairs
  • Vowels
  • Syllable Stress
  • Reduced Sounds
  • Tongue Twisters

While these activities are helpful, Hindi speakers should emphasize syllable stress and reduced sounds. Many students who speak Hindi as their first language need help stressing the correct syllable and linking words together.

Word stress is also an area of your speech that could use some work. Unfortunately, we do not include any daily activities about word stress, but you might find this site helpful.

Rising and falling intonation is also an aspect of prosody that Hindi speakers must practice. As a general rule of thumb, commas in the middle of a sentence often indicate a rising intonation, while the sound directly before a period requires downward intonation. This advice is a general rule and is often broken. Check out this podcast episode from Hadar Shemesh for some ideas on how to practice intonation.

Let me know if you have any questions, comments, or feedback below. I’m always learning :)

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