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Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices

Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices
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Episode Transcripts — Brain Science Podcast Sounds Familiar? What you can hear You can listen to 71 sound recordings and over 600 short audio clips chosen from two collections of the British Library Sound Archive: the Survey of English Dialects and the Millennium Memory Bank. You’ll hear Londoners discussing marriage and working life, Welsh teenagers talking with pride about being bilingual and the Aristocracy chatting about country houses. You can explore the links between present-day Geordie and our Anglo-Saxon and Viking past or discover why Northern Irish accents are a rich blend of seventeenth century English and Scots. What you can do In addition there are interpretation and learning packages relating to the dual themes of language variation and language change within spoken English. In Regional Voices you can explore the differences that exist in spoken English as you move across the country, while Changing Voices gives you the chance to hear how English has changed in different parts of the country over the last fifty years.

Phonesthemic Initial Sounds in English Words | Sometimes it is possible to have associations about a word in English merely by looking at it or hearing it spoken. On this page I'd like to draw your attention to certain initial sounds that help convey the general gist of some words you may not have met before. J. By listing selected vocabulary items according to their initial-sound associations, I hope to arouse your interest and facilitate memorization. David V. cl- fl- gl- gr- sl- sn- sp- st- str- sw- wh- wr- Cisco WebEx Web Conferencing, Online Meetings, Desktop Sharing, Video Conferencing English-learning resources by type - dialogues Subject & title: Practical English: Air TravelReservations (airline) / Do you have any flights to Sydney next Tuesday afternoon? Resource type: Dialogue, with audio Level: Pre-intermediate Practical English: Air TravelConfirmation of flight reservation / I´d like to reconfirm my flight Resource type: Dialogue, with audio Level: Pre-intermediate Practical English: Air TravelAt passport control / Do you have a return ticket? Practical English: Railway TravelRailway travel / A ticket to London, please. Practical English: Car TravelRent-A-Car / I´d like to rent a car. Practical English: HotelBooking a hotel room / I´d like to book a room please. Practical English: Hotel; Telephone EnglishTelephone facilities / How do I get an outside line? Practical English: Hotel; Telephone EnglishRoom service / I´d like some breakfast, please. Practical English: HotelChecking out of the hotel / I´d like to check out now. Practical English: RestaurantOrdering lunch and dinner / What else do you recommend?

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Intonation Intonation is crucial for communication. It's also a largely unconscious mechanism, and as such, a complex aspect of pronunciation. It's no surprise that many teachers don't feel confident about tackling it in the classroom. What is intonation? What is intonation? Intonation is about how we say things, rather than what we say. It's divided into phrases, also known as 'tone-units'. Why teach intonation? Intonation exists in every language, so the concept we're introducing isn't new. Awareness of intonation aids communication. Though it's unlikely our learners will need native-speaker-level pronunciation, what they do need is greater awareness of intonation to facilitate their speaking and listening. Can I improve my own awareness of intonation? It's difficult to hear our own intonation. How I help my students Awareness-raising Some techniques I find useful for raising learners' awareness of intonation: Provide learners with models - don't be afraid to exaggerate your intonation. Conclusion

Debate Forum | Online Debate Community | CreateDebate ESL Listening Comprehension Exercises: Movie clips to practice English | ELL/ELT SECTION 1: Movie Clips Learning through media (movies, music, etc.) is one of the best ways to learn a new language. The exercises below use movie clips to help you to better understand spoken English. Here's what you do: Click on the video you want to watch below.Watch the video, and pay attention to it! The Great Gatsby Moonrise Kingdom Silver Linings Playbook Away We Go Bolt Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Chronicle The Avengers Adventureland The Royal Tenenbaums NOTE: All of these videos are protected by copyright. FREE Rhyming Dictionary - Find Rhyming Words in Seconds Little Bird Tales - Home Classic Poetry Aloud | Giving voice to the poetry of the past