My answer to How can I figure out the pronunciation rules in US English?
Answer by Peggy Tharpe:
English pronunciation is governed by patterns, not rules. I’ll start with the smallest pieces of sound and work up to larger ones.
Vowels and consonants: you can find resources to hear the way they sound and learn symbols to represent them atwebsite; they have interactive diagrams and sounds and models. Another fantastic source is Judy Thompson’s and her sound dictionary, . It is free right now on her website.
General patterns of syllable stress in words, here’sand their . Because English words come from many other languages, the patterns for syllable stress become much less predictable and inclusive. British and U.S. syllable stress are almost always the same.
Word stress and the rhythm of English, watch this. Although he’s British, the information he shares is the same for U.S. English.
Intonation strategies, watch.
Intonation patterns, watch.
If you’re at beginner or intermediate level in English, get Judy Thompson’sIt covers all the basics of English pronunciation. It is free right now on her website.