Mar 18, 2022

Pronunciation Categories


PRONUNCIATION EXERCISE: Sound, stress, intonation 1. "I take it you already know Of tough and bough and cough and dough? Others may stumble but not you Or hiccough, thorough laugh and through? Well done: And now you wish perhaps To learn of these familiar traps: Beware of heard a dreadful word That looks like beard and sounds like bird. And dead: It's said like bed, not bead, For goodness' sake, don't call it deed! Watch out for meat and great and threat, They rhyme with suite and straight and debt. 2. A moth is not a moth in mother Nor both in bother, broth in brother. And here is not a match for there Nor dear and fear for bear and pear And then there's does and rose and lose, Just look them up; and goose and choose. And cork and work and hard and ward And font and front and word and sword. And do and go and thwart and part – Come, come, I've hardly made a start! A dreadful language? Man alive, I'd mastered it when I was five!"

Let’s practise these words together: ✅Listen ✅Say the Word ✅Read the sentence Are you ready? 1. thistle  Be careful not to step on the thistle. 2. crisps Potato chips are called crisps in England. 3. should You should not pronounce the "L" when you say the word should. 4. would Would and wood sound the same when you say them out loud. 5. clothes Put on warm clothes before you head outside today.

6. order The order of these words is not important. 7. murder A man was charged with murder over the holidays. 8. air The air is so cold you can see your breath. 9. literature You can download classic literature for free online. 10. language English is a difficult language to learn.

11. onomatopoeia Onomatopoeia refers to words that sound like their meaning. 12. deterioration It is difficult to watch the deterioration of a friend’s health. 13. little If you practise, your English will improve little by little. 14. assailant The assailant was caught by the police. 15. catastrophic A catastrophic earthquake struck the centre of the city.

16. alter Don’t alter your plans just because I can’t go. 17. exclamation One exclamation mark is enough to get your point across. 18. crocodile Captain Hook was petrified of the crocodile in the movie Peter Pan. 19. unfortunate It is unfortunate that the weather has delayed our trip. 20. six Six plus six equal twelve, which is also known as a dozen.

21. development The development of new technology has allowed us to receive information very quickly. 22. decision It wasn’t my decision to have a picnic in the rain. 23. ambulance When you hear an ambulance you must pull over to the side of the road. 24. law The law states that residents must clear their sidewalk when it snows. 25. low If you bend down low, you will see where the children are hiding.

[ ] Busy in the kitchen Billy: Mummy! Are you busy? Mother: Yes, I 'm in the kitchen. Billy: Can I go swimming in Chichester with Jim this morning? Mother: Jim? Billy: Jim English. He's living with Mr. and Mrs. Willis in the village - Spring Cottage. Mother: Isn't it a bit chilly to go swimming? Billy: What's this? Can I pinch a bit of it? Mother: Oh, Billy, you little pig! It's figgy pudding. Get your fingers out of it! Billy: Women are so silly! I only dipped a little finger in. Mother: Well, it's filthy little finger. Here, tip this chicken skin into the bin and I'll give you a biscuit. -END

[ ] The end of the adventure Ken: Ted, Thank heaven! I was getting desperate. Ted: Hello there, Ken. Where are Jeff and the rest of the men? Ken: They left me in the tent with some eggs and some bread, and off they went. Ted: Where were they heading? Ken: West. In that direction. They said they'd bury the treasure under the dead elm – you remember, by the bend in the fence - and get back by sunset. Ted: All ten of them went? Ken: They said the chest was heavy. Ted: They left - when? Ken: Yesterday, between ten and eleven. Ted: And you let them? Ken: There were ten of them.... Ted: Well, my friend, I reckon that's the end Of the adventure. We'll never see the treasure chest or any of those ten men again. -END

[ ] Crackle, crackle, Galactic Static Gran: Jack, Do you have to bang and slam on that piano like that? Jack: I'm practicing for our new album. It's smashing. Gran: An album? You mean that racket you and your gang bash out? Jack: We're not a gang, we're a fantastic jazz band. Sally and Janet, me on the piano, Alec on the sax - the Galactic Static. It'll be an absolute smash hit. Gran: The Galactic Racket, if you ask me. And you'll smash is Granddad’s piano. Jack: Gran, we have talent. We're cool cats, man. Crackle, crackle, Galactic Static! Gran: The young man's mad. Here. I've made you a fat ham sandwich and a crabapple jam flan. Jack: Ah, Gran, you may not understand jazz but your flans are fab. -END

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