The Rain in Spain: How Eliza mastered the English Pronunciation of the Long A Sound

Don’t you wish there were a magic button you could push to improve your English pronunciation? Wouldn’t it be great to wake up one morning and, all of a sudden, you could say all those difficult sounds?

Of course, there is no magic button, but sometimes your hard work and persistence seems to suddenly pay off, when a sound that has eluded you for a long time unexpectedly comes out perfectly.

In the popular play and movie My Fair Lady, young Eliza Doolittle finally masters the “proper” English pronunciation of the long A sound, after lots of hard work and practice. Just at the point when her tutor is about to give up on her, she gets it.

Her purpose in working so hard on her English was to be seen as a “lady” instead of just a flower girl on the streets. She was motivated by a desire to improve herself and gain more opportunities in life. What motivates you to improve your English pronunciation? The chance for a better job? The freedom to be understood every time you speak to friends? The desire to feel confident that you CAN speak clearly and be understood?

Watch the video clip and practice the long A sound along with Eliza. You can say it: “The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain.”

Even if it seems hard at first, one of these days you will wake up and, as if by magic, you too will have mastered the correct English pronunciation of the long A sound.