Sound School 3.0

Week 1: Introduction
In Week 1, we will give you an overview of all of the tools and resources that are included in Sound School 3.0. 

You will also get know Alexia & Foster and learn more about the language learning philosophies that drive Inglês Nu E Cru.

Finally, you will do some crazy exercises and be introduced to your first weekly challenge.

Let's do it! 
Meet Foster 👨‍🏫
6 mins
Meet Alexia! Your support and cobaia 🐷
2 mins
Explanation of the course structure 🎧
14 mins
Suggestions for the pace of the course
Our Story: Inglês Nu E Cru
5 mins
Our Philosophy: English For Humans
4 mins
How to Train Any Sound: Your Language Learning Superpower
6 mins
Imitation Exercise: How to Overcome Your Language Learning Fears
4 mins
Imitation Exercise Audio
2 mins
Week 1: Introduction Challenge!
4 mins
Alexia's Introduction Challenge
2 mins
Foster's Introduction Challenge Video
3 mins
Alexia Intro Analysis Audio
9 mins
Weekly Challenge Submission 💪🏻
Week 2: Vowels

Week 2 is all about vowels! 


Vowels are fundamental to fluency. English has a lot of them and the way we pronounce them have no connection with the way we write in English.

In this section, you will find:
  • Video-classes for fixed vowels ✔️
  • Video-classes for moving vowels ✔️
  • Tons of pronunciation beats ✔️
  • Lots of minimal pair training ✔️
  • Comprehensive feedback session ✔️
  • Week 2 Challenge ✔️

Let's do this thing! 🙌

Week 2 Introduction Video 📹
3 mins
Introduction To Vowels - More Than A, E, I, O, U 🤭
6 mins
Tongue Position: Your new best friend 👅
4 mins
/EE/ as in me, she, we 📹
5 mins
/AW/ as in law, fought, caught 📹
4 mins
/EH/ as in bed, red, instead 📹
2 mins
/AH/ as in job, box, father 📹
2 mins
/AA/ as in cat, hat, apple 🍎
2 mins
/OO/ as in you, blue, through
4 mins
"The Other U" as in book, could, good, push
4 mins
Beats: /EE/ 🎧
1 min
Beats: /AW/ 🎧
1 min
Beats: /AH/ 🎧
2 mins
Beats: /EH/ 🎧
1 min
Beats: /OO/ 🎧
1 min
Beats: /AA/ 🎧
1 min
Beats: "The Other U" 🎧
2 mins
Minimal Pairs: /AH/ X /UH/ 🎧
2 mins
Minimal Pairs: /EE/ x /IH/ 🎧
2 mins
Minimal Pairs: /AA/ X /EH/ 🎧
2 mins
Minimal Pairs: /AH/ X /AA/ 🎧
2 mins
Minimal Pairs: /EH/ X /IH/ 🎧
3 mins
Introduction to Moving Vowels 📹
2 mins
/AI/ as in try, nice, bye, right 📹
3 mins
/OH/ as in no, go, show 📹
4 mins
/EI/ as in hey, say, rain 📹
4 mins
/OW/ as in now, how, power 📹
2 mins
Beats: /AI/ 🎧
2 mins
Beats: /EI/ 1 Syllable 🎧
2 mins
Beats: /EI/ 2 Syllables 🎧
1 min
Beats: /EI/ 3 Syllables 🎧
1 min
Beats: /OW/ 🎧
1 min
Beats: /OH/ 🎧
1 min
Week 2: Personal Feedback Session Instructions 📝
Week 2 Feedback Session Audio 🎧
5 mins
Week 2 Challenge: 15 Minute Conversation 🤭
Worksheets!
Zip Files to Download All Audios
35.2 MB
Week 3: Consonants

Introduction to Consonants


So you can think of consonants like the opposite of vowels. With vowels, air flows freely and unobstructed. With consonants, the passage of air is blocked. 

This means that we use some part of our speech organ, it can be our lips, our tongue, our teeth, whatever. 

Sometimes we stop airflow completely, sometimes only partially, the key difference is that we stop the passage of air in some way, shape, or form. 

Like vowels, consonants have three key features:

Place of Articulation—where in you stop airflow. For example, if you close your lips completely, then the place of articulation is your lips. 

Manner of Articulation—refers to how you produce the sound. Is it a full stop? Is a little bit of air still passing through? For example, for, with the f sound, it is not a complete stop. You still have a little bit of air passing through when your say Foster. fffffoster. 

Phonology—is the sound voiced or voiceless? That means do your vocal cords vibrate when you produce the sound. For example, what is the difference between a T and D sound? Voicing. 

I know these are complicated linguistic terms, but don’t let them frighten you. We are simply referring to where and how we are stopping air when we produce sounds.

(quick note: in this section we are focusing more on the concept of consonants to make sure you are comfortable with the basics. We will cover more difficult consonants, like the TH & the American R sound, in other sections in the course.)

Let's do this! Good luck 👍
Week 3: Introduction 📹
3 mins
Introduction to Consonants: English is not that difficult 😅
4 mins
Voicing: Understanding your voice box 📹
4 mins
Quick note about consonant pairs...
Consonant Pairs: P & B 📹
4 mins
Consonant Pairs: T & D 📹
4 mins
Consonant Pairs: G & K 📹
3 mins
Consonant Pairs: V & F 📹
2 mins
Minimal Pairs: T X D 🎧
3 mins
Minimal Pairs: B X P 🎧
4 mins
Minimal Pairs: C X G 🎧
5 mins
Minimal Pairs: V X F 🎧
3 mins
Feedback Session: Consonant Pairs
2 mins
Alexia Week 2 Feedback 🎧
16 mins
Alexia Cambly Experience Feedback 🎧
5 mins
Week 3 Challenge: Introduction 🏋️‍♀️
4 mins
Where are you from? 🌎
5 mins
I'm from Brazil 🇧🇷
5 mins
What do you do for work? 👩🏻‍💻
5 mins
I'm a chemical engineer 👨🏻‍🔬
5 mins
What did you study in school? 👨‍🏫
4 mins
I studied business administration 📈
6 mins
What do you like to do in your free time? 🏄‍♂️
3 mins
I like to read books, go to the beach, and other things 📕
7 mins
Week 3 Challenge Feedback 🎧
4 mins
Week 3: Audio Zip Files
28.1 MB
Week 4: The Schwa Sound 🤭

Welcome to week 4! 


In this section, we are talking about the schwa sound. 

If you have no idea what the schwa sound is, don't worry, we will explain everything for you :)

If you already have some experience with the schwa, get ready for new information, bad jokes, and probably our most difficult challenge yet!

So without further ado, let's get straight into the schwa. 
Introduction to the Schwa 📹
5 mins
Written Representations of the Schwa 📹
5 mins
Stressed-timed language 📹
4 mins
Reductions in English 📹
4 mins
Beats: Schwa Two-Syllable Beginning 🎧
1 min
Beats: Schwa Two-Syllable End 🎧
1 min
Beats: Schwa Three-Syllable Variations 🎧
2 mins
Soundtracks: Schwa Dialogue 🎼
2 mins
Inglês Nu E Cru Rádio - O som mais importante em inglês 🎧
21 mins
Week 4 Feedback Session 🙌
3 mins
Week 4 Challenge 🕺
3 mins
Week 5: /TH/ Bite your Tongue! 👅
In week 5, we are going to spend an entire week (yes, a whole week!) on the TH sound. 

The reason we are dedicated an entire week to this one sound is because it is super difficult for Brazilians.

First, this sound doesn't exist in Portuguese. So it is totally new for you. As you will see during the next couple of weeks, sounds that don't exist in Portuguese will usually be the most difficult ones to master. 

Secondly, the TH is a crazy sound even for native English speakers. I had a lisp (língua presa) when I was young, so I had to work for years to say the TH sound correctly. 

Finally, the TH is super common. Many students think that they will be fine without really training the TH. But if you think about the last sentence I wrote - there were 5 TH's. So, yeah. It's important. 

So let's get ready to bite our tongues until they bleed (joking), and start training this crazy sound! 👅
Introduction to the TH 📹
10 mins
The TH in practice 📹
5 mins
Beats: /TH/ at the beginning of words 🎧
1 min
Beats: /TH/ in the middle 🎧
1 min
Beats: /TH/ at the end of words 🎧
2 mins
Beats: /THR/ 🎧
1 min
Minimal Pairs: /TH/ X /F/ Minimal Pairs 🎧
2 mins
/TH/ Phrase Training #1 🏋️‍♀️
2 mins
/TH/ Phrase Training #2 🏋️‍♀️
2 mins
Soundtracks: TH Dialogue 🎼
1 min
Week 5 Feedback 👍
3 mins
Week 6: How to speak in the past like a native 👍
In this section, we are talking about the past. 

The past is confusing, I know. We have so many different tenses, participles, etc.

But with a little pronunciation training, you can simplify the past significantly. 

So, without further ado, let's travel into the past. 
Introduction to the past sounds in English 📹
6 mins
The /ID/ Sound in English 📹
5 mins
Beats: /ID/ 🎧
2 mins
Beats: /T/ 🎧
1 min
Beats: /D/ 🎧
1 min
Soundtracks: Speaking in the past #1 🎼
1 min
Soundtracks: Speaking in the past #2 🎼
1 min
Feedback Session: Week 6 - Speaking in the past 🏋️‍♀️
2 mins
Week 7: The 3 T's of English
Hey guys! So in this week’s lesson we are talking about the Three T’s of English. 

So most people think there are just one T, but in reality there are at least three, maybe more depending on the way you count it. 

And I know the difference between T sounds, seems a little unnecessary, but it is super important. First, we are getting more advanced, so we can focus on the minor details and the nuances. 

Secondly, the we use these three T sounds all of the time in English. And English speakers will really notice when you use them incorrectly. You need to have the capacity to produce them very naturally. 

Finally, these different T sounds give you the ability to speak much faster. You know when you hear English speakers speaking extremely fast, and you are thinking, “Why are they talking so fast?” It is probably because of these T sounds. 

So, in this section we are going to divide them into three T sounds: the true T, the flap T, and the stop T. 

OK, that is enough of me talking in this introduction. Let’s get started with the true T. 
Introduction: The 3 T's of English
2 mins
The True T 📹
4 mins
The Flap T 📹
4 mins
The Stop T 📹
4 mins
Beats: The 3 T's of English 🎧
2 mins
Feedback: 3 T's of English 🙌
1 min
Challenge: Which T is it? 🤔
1 min
T Challenge: Answer Key 👍
Week 8: The American R Sound 🤭
In this section, we are talking all about the American R sound. 

The R sound is one of the most difficult sounds in English because it is a very difficult sound with a variety of different representations. Depending on where you are from in Brazil, this sound might be easier or harder for you.

Regardless of you place of birth, the American R sound is fundamental for fluency, so let's dive straight into it! 
Intro to the American R.mp4
5 mins
How to Produce the Beginning R Sound.mp4
4 mins
R Colored Vowels Part II.mp4
4 mins
Ending R and R Colored Vowels.mp4
7 mins
Beats: R Sounds 🎧
6 mins
Soundtracks: R Dialogue 🎼
1 min
Week 8: Challenge 🏋️‍♀️
1 min
Week 9: Final M & N 🙊
In this section, we are talking about the Final M & N sounds in English. Although these sounds seem simple and should be easy to correct, bad habits are hard to break.
Final M & N Introduction 📹
2 mins
Introduction: Final /M/ 📹
3 mins
Introduction to Nasal Vowels 👃
3 mins
Final N Introduction
6 mins
Beats: /M/ One Syllable 🎧
2 mins
Beats: /M/ Two Syllables 🎧
1 min
Minimal Pairs: /M/ X /N/
3 mins
Beats: Final /M/ Phrases 🎧
2 mins
Week 9 Challenge: Ask me Anything 🤔
2 mins
Week 10: Questions? 🤔
When you are learning English or any new language, questions are your best friend. And learning how to ask questions is an art. 

You have to use the right words, the correct pronunciation, the appropriate intonation. 

Questions are so important because they continue the conversation. 
Introduction to Questions 🤔
2 mins
Beats: Where? 🎧
1 min
Beats: Do? 🎧
1 min
Beats: Are? 🎧
1 min
Beats: What? 🎧
3 mins
Beats: How? 🎧
2 mins
Beats: Have you ever? 🎧
2 mins
Beats: Could 🎧
1 min
Week 10 Challenge: Creating your script
3 mins
Creating your script instructions
Week 11: The Dark L
In this section, we are going to take an in depth look into one of the most difficult sounds for non-native speakers in English: the Dark L. 

The Dark L is really hard for a variety of reasons. It doesn't exist in Portuguese. It is actually not just one sound but a collection of movements. Even some native English speakers have problems with the Dark L.

But don't worry, we will take it one step at a time.

Strap on your seatbelts. Let's do the Dark L. 
Week 11: The Dark L Introduction 📹
2 mins
What is the Dark L? 📹
3 mins
How to Produce the Dark L 👅
3 mins
Dark L Minimal Pairs & Variations 📹
4 mins
Beats: Dark L Words 🎧
2 mins
Beats: P & B + L Combination 🎧
1 min
Beats: T + L Combination 🎧
1 min
Beats: R+L Combination 🎧
1 min
Phrases to train the Dark L 🗣
3 mins
Feedback: Dark L Phrases 🙌
3 mins
Intonation & Imitation: Week 12
We are going to start addressing some of the finer points of pronunciation in the next few sections. 

This week, our focus is intonation.

Intonation refers to the actual pitch of the sounds we make. Or more simply, the up's and down's in language. I like to think of intonation as the "flow" of the language. 

Not many people focus on intonation because it is hard to teach. As you know by now, this is not your normal English course. 

So, let's dive straight into intonation 👅
What is intonation and why is it important?
2 mins
Why is intonation important: Clarity 😌
2 mins
Why is intonation important? Connection 💏
2 mins
Why is intonation important? Communication?
2 mins
How to train intonation? 🤔
3 mins
Training intonation - The man in the arena 🎩
2 mins
Focused listening 🎧
2 mins
Shadowing 🎤
2 mins
Feedback: Integration
Challenge: Improvisation 💯
Week 13: Intonation Patterns
Ok, so now that we have an idea of what intonation is, we can start using it to our advantage. 

There are are certain situations where we typically use the same intonation patterns in English.

There are circumstances that happen a lot in English, where we generally use the same types of ups and downs. 

And if you can identify these situations and make them automatic, I promise your life will be a lot easier.

So in this section we have 7 different situations where you can find these patterns, and we are going to train each one in more detail.

So let’s do it. 
Patterns - An introduction 📹
2 mins
Patterns - Asking questions 📹
3 mins
Patterns - Making Statements 📹
3 mins
Patterns - Lists 📄
3 mins
Patterns - Stress 😧
2 mins
Patterns - Contrast 📹
3 mins
Patterns - Emotions 😬
3 mins
Patterns - Tag questions
3 mins
Patterns - Challenge 🏋️‍♂️
2 mins
Week 14: Habits 💪🏻
This week is a little different than other weeks, in the sense that we are not going to talk directly about English. Instead, we are going to talk about you, and more specifically, your habits. 

So, at first, this might seem a little strange, but I promise it will be worth your time and attention. And honestly, this is something that I see so many of our students having problems with and it is something that we should have probably talked about a long time ago. 

So before we talk about your specific habits, we need to have a good understanding of what habits are. So, what are habits? 

So, the most simple way we can think about habits is habits are behaviors that we perform automatically, with little to no thought. 

So this can range from making coffee in the morning to brushing your teeth. So, these automatic actions end up accounting for a lot of our lives. They simply become part of who we are and what we do every day. 
What are habits?
2 mins
Why are habits important? 🤔
3 mins
4 steps to habit formation ⓸
3 mins
How to create good habits for your English 👍
4 mins
Better English in 15 minutes a day 😲
6 mins
Challenge - Your 15 minutes 🙉
2 mins
Week 15: Tools & Techniques - Simple Concepts
Hey guys, so for the next couple of weeks we are going to continue this English course by not focusing on English. 

I know that sounds crazy, but this is not your normal English course and I promise all of this will make sense in time. 

So, for the next few weeks we are going to focus on what I like to call, “Tools and techniques.” To summarize, these are ideas, strategies, exercises, etc. that will help you continue to improve your English, by yourself, forever. 

So, the idea is that with the right tools and techniques, you will continue learning and improving your English without me or Alexia or without any teachers or courses or anything like that. 

And I think this is super important for two reasons: 

1) Learning a new language is a never-ending process. There will never be one day when you wake up and say, “Oh, I am fluent in English now.” That will never happen. Learning a new language and culture is a lifelong activity and is a constant work in process. 

2) And reason number two, you are the only one that can learn a new language. I can give you tips and ideas, I can make corrections, but I cannot transplant my knowledge of the English language into your brain. It does not work like that. At least not yet. 

So until we have the technology for me to inject my English into your head, for now, all of the responsibility is on you. That means you need things to help you stay motivated, tools to make sure you a continually improving, and techniques to guarantee that you are on the right path. 

So that is what the next few sections are going to be about: tools and techniques. I hope you will like it and find it useful. I’m sure you will. So without further ado, let’s get started with our first week of tools and techniques. 
Introduction to tools and techniques 🛠
4 mins
How NOT to get stuck in English ✔️
4 mins
Simple Concepts Part I 😊
4 mins
Simple Concepts Part II 😊
5 mins
Week 15: Simple Concepts Challenge 🏋🏻‍♂️
Week 16: Tools & Techniques - Complicated Conversation
Complicated Conversations 😲
3 mins
Explainers 🤔
3 mins
Explainer Video Examples
Radiohead 🎸
5 mins
Complicated Conversations: Challenge 🏋🏻‍♂️
Week 17: Ask me anything - Part I
In this section, we are going to look at the first 10 ask me anything questions that we have received from you 😎
AMA - What is the difference between laughed and left? 🤔
8 mins
AMA - Is the US a perfect place to live? 🇺🇸
5 mins
AMA - Why is it so difficult to have conversations in the beginning? 😲
6 mins
AMA - Why don't more people know about Inglês Nu E Cru? 🙃
4 mins
AMA - Why are R sounds so difficult in English?
8 mins
AMA - What do I need to come in university in USA?
AMA - Where should I start my travels in USA?
AMA - What does lose well mean?
Week 18: Ask me anything - Part II
How to improve phrasal verbs? 🙀
9 mins
How to improve your writing skills? ✏️
8 mins
Am I too old to speak English fluently?
7 mins
How did you choose your profession?
10 mins
What should I do when native speakers talk too fast? 🏃‍♂️
12 mins
Subtitles or no subtitles?
7 mins
Why does Inglês Nu E Cru not have a YouTube Channel?
7 mins
Are smartphone apps good for language learning?
7 mins
Why do I forget words in conversation? 🤦🏻‍♂️
7 mins
How do you organize your studies? 📖
5 mins
Where do you begin when learning a new language?
6 mins
How did you and Alexia meet? 💕
3 mins
How to learn conversation specific phrasal verbs?
10 mins
What do you love about travel?
3 mins
I understand the schwa, but I don't know how to use it!?!
7 mins
What are our favorite countries? 🌍
5 mins
What is the difference between in, on, and at?
7 mins
How did you and Alexia meet? 💕
3 mins
How do you create long sentences in English?
7 mins
How do you start with a new language?
6 mins
Vocês acham o Google Translator uma boa ferramenta?
5 mins
Qual é a diferença na pronúncia entre SEE e SEA?
4 mins
Quais são os conectores mais comuns em inglês?
9 mins
Você precisa de um speech therapist para te ajudar com a pronúncia?
11 mins
Quais são as diferenças de pronúncia entre TO, TWO e TOO?
4 mins
Você gosta de usar flash cards para estudar?
8 mins
O processo de aprendizado de uma terceira língua é mais fácil que a segunda?
8 mins
Quais são as diferenças entre Degree, Certificate e Diploma?
8 mins
Como que eu faço para deixar de traduzir palavras para português e como melhorar o processo de repetição para entender o real significado de uma palavra?
9 mins
Como fazer para entender nativos de inglês que não sejam o Foster?
9 mins
Week 19: Tools & Techniques - Music
Introduction to learning with Music 🎸
5 mins
Learning with music - the process 🥁
4 mins
Resources for Musical Learning 🎶
10 mins
Shape of You - Analysis 🙇‍♂️
7 mins
Shape of You 60% Loop
2 mins
Shape of you 75% Loop
1 min
Shape of you 85% Loop
1 min
Shape of you 100% Loop
1 min
Week 19: Feedback
Week 19: Challenge 🏋🏻‍♂️
Week 20 - Live Coaching Session #1 - Q&A
In this section, you will find audio recordings from our weekly live coaching sessions.
Why is the pronunciation of the article "a" different?
3 mins
Should you watch movies and TV shows multiple times?
3 mins
How can you improve your grammar without studying with the traditional methods?
3 mins
I have problems talking about my background?
3 mins
How do we use the expression "ain't?
3 mins
Live intonation exercise!
6 mins
Inglês Nu E Cru for kids?
1 min
Sound School Live Class - 03/12
(1h 03m 03s)
End of course: Private coaching session w/Foster 👨🏻‍🏫
To end the course, set up a private coaching session with Foster! 
Week 20 - Private Coaching session w/Foster
3 mins
Schedule Private Coaching Session with Foster 👨🏻‍🏫