Common English Summer expression! IN THE SHADE (2018)

Summer is here! (Again) Readers of my blog come from all over the world, some places cooler and some places warmer. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere it’s summer! Do you remember the meaning of hemisphere? I want to teach you some useful English that we can use to talk about summer activities and of course weather. We’ll practice …

How to make a ‘TH’ sound! (video included!) – 2018

  Learn how to make a ‘TH’ sound  when speaking English!   This post is new, this video was made in 2014!   Here is the sentence from the video:   “This month is my brother’s birthday.”         After you watch the video and practice the shape that your mouth makes, try these sentences:   ①Is this …

1 Simple Trick for Pronouncing long English words! (Video with bonus slides)

Do you have difficulty pronouncing LONG English words? Watch my video and learn a simple way to help your pronunciation! Improve your pronunciation and improve your English understanding! One of my students was reading an English advertisement for fruit juice. The advertisement said the juice has no artificial colors or flavors. Artificial was hard to pronounce for my student. Anytime …

English Pronunciation Practice – 13 or 30? (Video for listening practice!)

Learn an easy way to pronounce numbers that sound similar to non-native English speakers.  Helpful slides from the video ↓ Native speakers pronounce numbers like 30, 40 and 50  with a D sound rather than a T sound.  13, 14 15, on the other hand, have a much stronger  T sound in their pronunciation.  They also have a slightly longer E …

Use – 2 meanings, 2 pronunciations

USE can be a verb or a noun and the pronunciation is slightly different.  Look at these examples: The word ‘USE’ can be a verb ~ “May I use your telephone? I have to call my Mom.” The verb form has a Z (zee) sound at the end. YOUZ The word ‘USE’ can also be a noun ~ “Studying English is a great use of …

desert VS dessert – similar pronunciation

Has the pronunciation of these 2 words ever been difficult for you? desert  dessert  Let’s practice today! The good news is context will help you be understood, even if your pronunciation is strange. If you said “After dinner can we have ice cream for desert?” I know what you mean, even if your pronunciation is incorrect. Here is the sound …

Another use for the word – Use

USE can be a verb or a noun and the pronunciation is slightly different.  Look at these examples: The word ‘USE’ can be a verb ~ “May I use your telephone? I have to call my Mom.”The verb form has a Z (zee) sound at the end. YOUZ The word ‘USE’ can also be a noun  ~ “Studying English is a …

Turbulence

Hi again and once more I’m sorry for not posting a new blog every week. Illness and a vacation are the reasons (excuses!)  Okay! Lets go!!! I recently flew to Phuket Thailand and the airplane experienced some turbulence.Lets look at the meaning first, then I want to look at pronunciation (sound) today.Turbulence = movements of air pockets that can cause an …