VOA Special English Dictionary - Pronunciation File Added
This Special English Dictionary contains about 1,500 words and makes an excellent vocabulary goal for intermediate level learners. Each word now includes a definition and an audio file with the correct pronunciation. Broadcasts of the VOA use this Special English Dictionary as the basis for broadcasts, allowing you to prepare yourself for listening practice. Of course, some might say that the VOA provides a rather one-sided point of view. That may well be the case, however, for listening comprehension practice the broadcast provides an excellent resource.
American English vs. British English
While there are certainly many more varieties of English, American and British English are the two varieties that are taught in most ESL/EFL programs. Generally, it is agreed that no one version is "correct" however, there are certainly preferences in use. The most important rule of thumb is to try to be consistent in your usage.
This fun tool "translates" British English to American English and vice versa. Finally, once you've understood all the differences (good luck!), you can try this American English vs. British English quiz.
Top 1000 Words - Pronunciation FilesThe top 1000 words resource now has pronunciation files for each word. Click on the word and you'll hear the pronunciation; click "return" to go back to the resource.