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English accents – British accents

♦ American comedian Elon Gold ↓ …on English accents

You know, the problem that here in America, when it comes to the English, we mistake accents with intelligent; right? We think they’re smart, because no matter what they’re talking about, they sound quite intelligent.

It doen’t really matter; they […]

Pronunciation

•→ www.howjsay.com⇐ / •→MacMillan Online Dictionary⇐

⇐ Tips & links

•→cambridgeenglishonline/Phonetics_Focus/⇐[tasks]

∞ Minimal Pairs ⇒[01] ⇔ [02] ⇔ [03]⇐

• Find the odd one out: which word does not rhyme with the others?

⇒[01] ⇔ [02] ⇔ [03] ⇔ [04]⇐

Abril 26th, 2015 | Tags: , , | Category: ENGLISH, PRONUNCIATION | 10 comments

Listening skills

The best way to improve is to listen to English. A lot. There’s no way around it; you have to spend hours and hours listening to people speaking English. Listen to things that interest you. If you don’t enjoy something, it’s going to be hard for you to continue. You’ll get bored and […]

Strong auxiliaries

Auxiliary verbs are needed in English for both questions and negative statements. They are grammar words, and typically de-emphasized in speech by being uttered in a very soft voice. They often appear as question-tags in everyday conversation… “You know what I mean, don’t you?”

When we write in […]

Rhythm & Stress

Stress: an essential element of rhythm, which is the most distinctive feature of the English language. Word stress is not used in Japanese or Spanish, where each syllable is pronounced with eq-ual em-pha-sis.

The biggest difference in the “music” of languages is the way we speak syllables. All languages can divide […]

Pitch & Intonation – Pauses

Intonation – Intonation is the rising and falling sounds of the voice when speaking. Intonation (Part 2) – Phrasing – In addition to the intonation of a statement, there is another aspect of speech that indicates meaning — phrasing. Intonation (Part 3) – Contrast – Once the intonation of new information is established, you’ll […]

Play Phrase

•→www.http://playphrase.me/⇐ — 205165 phrases, from 222 movies . . . Φ Just type in the phrase you would like to hear; it might be: – “I was wondering…” or – “Would you believe…?” or – “Do you mean?” or – “…and the like.” or – “You see…” or – “as long as…” or –“There seems […]

Short texts & proverbs

“Good stuff, if brief, twice as good.” – It was an Aragonese writer that said that (Baltasar Gracián)

There are two good reasons why English learners should take interest in these expressions of oral tradition. For one thing, they provide an extraordinary word bank you can always turn to […]

… _ ed

The (-ed) ending of regular past forms has three sound realizations: [-d] [-t] [-id], depending on the sounds just before it.

• If the verb ends in a voiced phoneme, the ‘-ed’ ending sounds like [-d]

• If the verb ends in a voiceless consonant […]

Sibilant sounds

[s] vs [∫]

[s] vs [z]

‘hiss’ vs ‘buzz’

•→www.jamesabela.co.uk/beginner/pluralpron.pdf⇐

⇒Pronunciation of words ending in -S ⇓ When we pronounce the –s in the words ‘dogs’,’cats’, ‘dishes’, ‘lives’, and ‘it’s’, do […]

Connected Speech

•→ would – contractions ⇐

◊ How to understand native speakers’ questions ⇓

←Click for TONGUE TWISTERS.

There are hundreds on the Net, but you’ll have enough with these for quite a while. Here’s some good ones for Spaniards:

“Six Spanish students study at […]

Ask questions

• Asking questions is another tricky area of English language. The Anglo-link video lesson may give you some insights ↓

⇓ Another video tutorial by Katie [Beta College of English]

◊ Intonation in questions ↓

•→ Question Tags – Intonation […]

Homophones?

¤ Homonyms

Two or more words that have the same sound or spelling but differ in meaning.

Generally, the term homonym refers both to homophones: words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings, such as ‘row’ (Sp “remar”) and ‘row’ (Sp “fila”) and to homographs (words that are spelled […]

LYRICS GAPS

This is the home of a fun method for both learning and perfecting your English. It primarily focuses on spoken English.

The use of this method may improve your fluency. This “English Gaps” shows pronunciation and accents.

¤ Taylor Swift:

‘We’re Never Ever Getting Back Together’⇒

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