IN the Shade (Common English expression with IN)

Summer is here!  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 a …

How to make a ‘TH’ sound (with video)

    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 …

Pronouncing long English words – 1 Simple trick (Video too)

Do you have difficulty pronouncing LONG English words? Read my blog post and watch the video at the bottom of this page. 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 …

English Pronunciation Practice – 13 or 30? w/Video

English Pronunciation Practice 13 or 30? This post will help with your English pronunciation of numbers like 13 and 30. There is a video at the end to help your listening and check your own pronunciation so you sound just like a native speaker. Learn an easy way to pronounce numbers that sound similar to non-native English speakers.  I was helping …

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 …