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Sounds As you know, the English alphabet is far from being a regular and consistent system of representing all the sounds in English. For instance, think of the letter group ough. How many different way can it sound like: And as you can see, "ough" can produce a myriad of sounds seemingly randomly. Unfortunately concensus is the last thing linguists have between them and consequently several systems exist. The following are some of the signs of the American phonetic system. Formally, /t/ becomes [t] after [s], and becomes [th] everywhere else. Consonants: Some important points: V+ denoted "voiced", and V- is "voiceless". Vowels: Even though they look like English, don't be tempted to pronounce the symbols as if they were English letters. When you say a vowel, you unconsciously change your tongue and lip into an unique configuration characterized by three attributes: Unrounded vs rounded. Related:  PhonicsTo download 3english

Phonetics: Beats and Rhythm –[Multimedia-English] One of the things that makes English difficult to understand for foreign students is its particular rhythm. Many languages are syllabic, that means that every syllable takes the same amount of time to pronounce. In some languages stressed syllables take longer than unstressed syllables, but still, the pronunciation unit is the syllable. English is different, we don't care about syllables, we don't even care about words, it's all about beats (sound units). But not all words are affected in the same way. 1- Content words the words with meaning (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs) 2- Grammatical words words with no meaning, but they build the grammatical structure of the sentence (prepositions, articles, verb particles, pronouns, etc.) Every sound unit (beat) has a content word, which is the most important part of it. Here's an example: Hi, What were you doing when I rang an hour ago? Content words hi, doing, rang, hourStructure words HI / what were you DOing / when i RANG / an HOUR ago

More than 20 free listening tests for IELTS This is my selection of the best free practice listening sites for IELTS on the internet. Not all of these tests are exactly formatted to the IELTS exam but they are excellent for practising your listening skills. Before you go there may I suggest you check out these pages and resources: Tips on how to improve your listening skills How to understand IELTS listening questions IELTS band score calculator Download the listening answer sheet Pearson Longman iTest – top recommendation This is an excellent place to start if you need to want to find out your approximate level. i-Tests,com BBC 6 minute English This is a fantastic resource for IELTS listening. 6 minute English Parapal This is a very interesting site to explore. working from home e-learning cars Again, these are not formatted according to the exam. Open Forum 1 – Pre-Intermediate Open Forum 2 – Intermediate Open Forum 3 – Upper Intermediate to advanced AApress Download Academic listening Randall”s ESL Cyber Listening Lab practice 2 – part 1

Why is Sanskrit so controversial? India's new government focus on Sanskrit has sparked a fresh debate over the role language plays in the lives of the country's religious and linguistic minorities. Inside a brightly lit classroom at Delhi's Laxman Public school, a group of students sing a Sanskrit hymn. Across the corridor, in another classroom, a group of grade eight students are being taught Vedic Mathematics, which dates back to a time in ancient India when Sanskrit was the main language used by scholars. It is all part of Sanskrit week - a celebration of the classical language across hundreds of schools mandated by India's new federal right-wing government. "It's our mother language, the root of all our languages," says Usha Ram, the school principal. "All over the world people try to preserve their traditions. Sanskrit is a language which belongs to the Indo-Aryan group and is the root of many, but not all Indian languages. It is also often taught very badly. But this is an argument that is heavily contested.

English Pronunciation We use Cisco wireless in all our buildings for convenient and immediate online access. You will need the following for the files below: English Pronunciation/Listening We use the popular Can8 VirtuaLab for all our digital language lab programs. Unit One: TH, as in THINK, BATHROOM, and TEETH. Watch this QuickTime movie on the word 'Thought' to see how to correctly make the 'TH' sound (894k). Unit Two: TH, as in THOSE, MOTHER and SOOTHE. Watch this QuickTime movie on the word 'Thy' to see how to correctly make the 'TH' sound (725k). Unit Three: L and R, as in COLLECT, CORRECT, LAMB, and RAM. Minimal Pairs (228k) In this exercise, you will hear pairs of words that are the same except for one sound. Unit FOUR :i and I, as in SEEN and SIN. Minimal Pairs (228k) In this exercise, you will hear pairs of words that are the same except for one sound. Unit FIVE: s, sh, and ch. Minimal Pairs In this exercise, you will hear pairs of words that are the same except for one sound. Unit SEVEN Our Address at OUC:

Adrian’s Pron Chart Blog | Practical discovery of English pronunciation Listening Listening Lessons Dogs, Dogs, Dogs - Idioms and phrases using the word 'Dog'. Get the phone! - A listening exercise. Listen to the phone conversation and then answer the questions. ESL Lessons Daily Word Copyright 2009 - 2013 - is an ESL (English as a Second Language) Resource Fatima Farideh Nejat. The Taarof Project The Taarof Project The concept of Persian taarof can be described in three important components relating to speech act theory: Its social meaning, the intention of the speaker, and the effect of the act Updated July 13, 2005 A Research Proposal [download full text document]: "The Concept of Persian Taarof: A Sociolinguistic Knowledge of the Speech Act Measured by The Persian Taarof Comprehension Test", Fall 2004. Developed by: Fatima Farideh Nejat, M.A. Mentoring Professor: Jean Turner, Ph.D. Monterey Institute of International Studies. Abstract This study will investigate the effect of two different types of explicit and implicit instruction on speech production of taarof (form of compliment). In this study, I will measure the data collected from two sections of the advanced level: one is the experimental, whose members will receive explicit instruction of taarof; the other section is the control group, whose members will learn about the concept implicitly.

Learn English Free Archives | CultureAlley's Blog 1. Watch English movies/serials: Watching English movies or cartoons with subtitles (dialogues are shown in English) can help us in learning English. We can start with watching cartoons like, ‘Tom & Jerry’, ‘Tin Tin’, ‘Looney Tunes’ or T.V. serials like, ‘Koffee with Karan’ or follow YouTube channels like, look who’s talking with Niranjan Iyenger. Watching English movies or serials is an engaging way to learn because the content is interesting, however they give limited exposure to grammar. They are better if you want to practice English learning or if you are looking to build your vocabulary. 2. 3. 4. However, CultureAlley’s English App is built specifically for Hindi speakers – with grammar explanations in Hindi. 5.

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