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Improve your English using Youtube. The sweet adventure of the English language. Being a linguist, or an advanced student of linguistics, is a privilege in a lot of respects.

The sweet adventure of the English language.

As you analyze language and everyday speech you start to realize that there is an astonishing amount of wonder in this system that we take for granted. Linguists question the obvious, which is language, and got answers that forever changed mankind’s understanding of Language and human nature. They also made us aware of many issues related to language and the attitudes we hold towards them. In this article, you will see what linguists know that is not so evident to, or not accepted by, other people.

So let's see what we've got. Intonation – Simple Conversation in Different Voices – The Canswedian English Teacher. Right now, I am enrolled in an English Grammar course at a Swedish university.

Intonation – Simple Conversation in Different Voices – The Canswedian English Teacher

Teacher’s license in Sweden = more English. Go figure… There is this one professor that pre-records all the lessons so we can listen to them before the seminar. It takes ALL of my strength to stay awake during these pre-recorded lectures. 12 songs to practice the pronunciation of -ED endings - Luiz Otávio Barros. As you know, the “-ed” endings of regular past tense verbs can be pronounced in three different ways: /t/, /d/ and /ɪd/, which is the one most students tend to overuse.

12 songs to practice the pronunciation of -ED endings - Luiz Otávio Barros

Click here for an overview of the rules. Over the years, I have found that /t/ and /d/ are easier to notice and to produce if the verb comes immediately before a word beginning with a vowel sound: Free dialect and accent recordings for the performing arts. BusyTeacher.org. Mobile. How to Speak POSH English. Learn British accents and dialects – Cockney, RP, Northern, and more! 8 Tips for British English Pronunciation. How to Improve Your English Pronunciation to Talk Like a Native.

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How to Improve Your English Pronunciation to Talk Like a Native

“Can you say that again?” English Language Learning Tips - Varieties of English. 33 ways to speak better English. If you’re reading this, I imagine you want to speak better English and communicate in a more confident and competent way.

33 ways to speak better English

When we communicate effectively we are able to express our ideas and opinions, share experiences, and build relationships with others. When we struggle to express ourselves, we feel unvalued and insecure. As human beings, we want to participate in group discussions and have an impact on the society around us. In the modern world, we communicate across borders. English is the closest thing we have to an international language. By speaking better English, people all over the world can hear our voice. Most Common Pronunciation Mistakes Heard in Oral Exams. Phonemic chart.

British vs American Terminology - UK. 18 English words that mean very different things in Britain and America. As the old adage famously goes: you say tom-MAY-toes, and I say tom-MAH-toes.

18 English words that mean very different things in Britain and America

We should probably call the whole thing off, right? Ever since the might of the British Empire was expelled from the United States, ordinary folk from both sides of the pond have chuckled at each other's use of the English language and pronunciation. Pronunciation skills: What accent should I teach? By Adrian Underhill ELT Pronunciation expert Adrian Underhill addresses your practical concerns on accents, RP and student identity.

Pronunciation skills: What accent should I teach?

Practical concerns. Travel - How to speak like a true Brit. Silent Consonants in English. The most difficult words to pronounce in the English language revealed – as well as the world’s favourite English tongue-twisters. “Worcestershire”.

The most difficult words to pronounce in the English language revealed – as well as the world’s favourite English tongue-twisters

“Choir”. “Sixth”. For some, these words may seem relatively normal and everyday – but to others, they represent an unrivalled linguistic challenge. For almost two weeks, users of the online social platform reddit have been submitting what they consider to be “the hardest English word to pronounce”. After more than 5,000 submissions, the message thread has become a fount of difficult vocabulary, with users from across the world sharing their favourites and personal experiences. There are references to popular culture, some very creative tongue-twisters – and because of reddit’s points system, a rough consensus has emerged as to which are the hardest. EnglishCentral. The Color Vowel Chart. Forvo: uttalslexikonet. Världens alla ord uttalade av modersmålstalare. Free online Dictionary of English Pronunciation - How to Pronounce English words.

BBC Learning English - The Sounds of English. BBC Learning English. British Slang: Talk Like a Scouser - Your Guide to the Liverpool British English Accent - Video Inside. Teaching Diphthongs. It’s never easy to teach phonetics and even though I love teaching this skill, I don’t think my students share my feelings on this subject.

Teaching Diphthongs

Anyway,in case you find it interesting or useful this is how I’m planning to teach diphthongs . A diphthong is a sound made up of two vowels, or in other words ,a vowel sound that starts near the articulatory position for one vowel and moves toward the position for another.In RP (the approved pronunciation of British English) , there are eight diphthongs. An easy way for them to remember the diphthongs is by drawing a face such as this one and then eliciting the diphthongs in the head. You’ll get seven out of the eight diphthongs as you can see from the picture . To get the last sound you can always ask students :” Which Diphthong is missing ?” You've Been Saying These Country And City Names Wrong Your Whole Life.

No one wants to be labeled as a gawking, uninformed foreigner.

You've Been Saying These Country And City Names Wrong Your Whole Life

Aside from wearing a fanny pack, one of the fastest ways to get yourself labeled as a tourist is to mispronounce the name of the city you are visiting. However, in defense of all those who confuse the proper pronunciation of Ibiza for a seriously strong lisp, learning the proper names of all the places in the world can be a tricky task. Let’s face it, spelling can be deceiving, especially if it’s in a language you don’t know how to speak. But luckily, Thrillophilia set out to find the most tricky cities and put an end to their mispronunciations once and for all.

Ceri Jones - Pronunciation: focusing on sounds from day one. For the last couple of years I’ve been teaching the Unknown Language component of the Trinity TESOL certificate course. This basically entails teaching four hours of a new language to the trainees in the initial stage of their course to give them a taste of what it feels like to be in a language classroom.

I teach Welsh. I don’t use any published materials for the class. I have a few flashcards and simple worksheets and I have a fairly clear mini syllabus. The contents are not negotiated. This experience has really helped in the first few lessons with my new class and I’ve noticed I’ve transferred quite a few basic skills. With a recent English A1.1 class I did something very similar and it was only later that I realized that I’d brought it over from my Welsh classes. Tongue twisters. Royals (Lorde) –[Multimedia-English videos] This was named the Best Song of 2013 by MTV News. MTV said: "She may never be 'royal,' but Lorde's chart-topping single will forever be enthroned in the collective cerebral cortex of the world. " Ella Yelich-O'Connor is a New Zealand singer-songwriter. Inspired by her love for such royals as Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI of France, and the last Tsar, Nicholas II of Russia, she adopted the moniker of Lorde (The 'e' is pronounced silently).

Sandy Millin: Advanced pronunciation. I have regularly taught advanced students who are extremely competent speakers, have a very wide vocabulary and a good knowledge of grammatical structures, but who have trouble understanding when native speakers produce fast speech. Phonemic chart. Pronunciation. The Color Vowel Chart. British English: How Do You Pronounce some of Britain's Strange Place Names? Check out This Massive List of British Place Pronunciations.