Meaning of 10 Common English suffixes and how to say them

Mean­ing Of 10 Com­mon Eng­lish Suf­fix­es And How To Say Them

I thought while we were on the top­ic (see my video-my last blog), I would also include the mean­ing and pro­nun­ci­a­tion of some com­mon Eng­lish suf­fix­es and how to say them. Inter­est­ing­ly, I have also noticed that some peo­ple have dif­fi­cul­ty pro­nounc­ing the ‘y’ at the end of words and some­times leave it off. For exam­ple it’s not ‘He was thirst’, it’s …

VIDEO English common endings 'al' and 'el' pronounce correctly

Eng­lish Com­mon End­ings ‘al’ and ‘el’ Pro­nounce Cor­rect­ly- VIDEO

How to say words with Eng­lish Com­mon End­ings ‘al’ and ‘el’   Most Eng­lish com­mon end­ings are said with a schwa vow­el as they aren’t the most impor­tant part of the word. Hav­ing said that, Eng­lish com­mon end­ings or suf­fix­es, do give us infor­ma­tion about the word. I have cho­sen to make a video about the Eng­lish com­mon end­ings ‘al’ and …

Small English Pronunciation error with a big effect

Small Eng­lish Pro­nun­ci­a­tion Error with a Big Effect- AUDIO

Some­times it’s the small Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion errors that can have a big effect on being under­stood eas­i­ly when you speak. One Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion error, that peo­ple make is to leave the /s/ sound out in the /ks/ con­so­nant blend at the end of words. This is espe­cial­ly com­mon if the word after it begins with a con­so­nant also. Just this …

What sound is this in English

Stop Being Con­fused- What sound is this in Eng­lish?

Because Eng­lish let­ters can say more than one sound, some­times it can become quite con­fus­ing and stu­dents ask me ‘what sound is this in Eng­lish?’ The vow­els in Eng­lish can be espe­cial­ly con­fus­ing. This time I thought I would address the ‘a’ letter/vowel and hope­ful­ly reduce the con­fu­sion. What Eng­lish sound is this? In British and Aus­tralian stan­dard Eng­lish, the …

How to sound natural in English

How To Sound Nat­ur­al In Eng­lish

While there are lots of ele­ments to sound­ing nat­ur­al in Eng­lish, I’m going to talk about 4 things that I think are key ele­ments that you need to work on and mas­ter. These 4 ele­ments of how to get nat­ur­al Eng­lish, focus on supraseg­men­tal ele­ments of Eng­lish. That is stress, rhythm and into­na­tion. 1) Nat­ur­al Eng­lish- Right Syl­la­ble Stress in …

Cool Food Idioms You Can Find IN Your Fridge.

Cool Food Idioms You Can Find In Your Fridge

I recent­ly shared a post by Ana­lyt­i­cal Grammar/ Gram­mar Planet’s post, about all the food idioms you can find just by look­ing in the fridge!  I’ll put the link in at the end of this post, as it’s a cool image as well. In the mean­time, what I thought would be fun would be to take 7 of the most …

British and American English video- don't say these 12 words wrong

Don’t Say These 12 Words Wrong- British Eng­lish and Amer­i­can Eng­lish-VIDEO

Have you ever made a social faux pas or mis­take by using the wrong word in Eng­lish? I have ! Have a lis­ten to the video and hear what hap­pened . Some­times the dif­fer­ence between words used in British Eng­lish and Amer­i­can Eng­lish does mat­ter! Oh and don’t wor­ry, I talk about Aus­tralian Eng­lish as well. You can also use …

Pronounce these difficult English words 'maths. paths'

Pro­nounce These Dif­fi­cult Eng­lish Words ‘maths, paths’-Audio Les­son

I know it’s hard enough to pro­nounce words end­ing in ‘th’ in Eng­lish, and then when you add a pos­ses­sive or plur­al /s/ it becomes even more ‘fun’!  I would like to show you how to pro­nounce dif­fi­cult Eng­lish words such as maths and paths. As I work with stu­dents on skype, or face to face, or receive requests via …

English Speaking Fluency-Practise this..

Eng­lish Speak­ing Flu­en­cy- Prac­tise This….

An impor­tant ele­ment in Eng­lish speak­ing flu­en­cy is to say words end­ing in con­so­nant blends in sen­tences, with­out leav­ing out one of the con­so­nants. Then the next lev­el of mas­tery in Eng­lish speak­ing flu­en­cy is: To say all the sounds in the con­so­nant blend at the end of words, and at the same time to link the last con­so­nant to …

How British and Americans pronounce 'er'

How British and Amer­i­cans pro­nounce ‘er’ dif­fer­ent­ly- audio les­son

As I lis­ten to audio assess­ments peo­ple have sent me, I notice there is some con­fu­sion regard­ing how British and Amer­i­cans pro­nounce ‘er’ dif­fer­ent­ly espe­cial­ly at the end of words. If you are speak­ing with a British accent or Aus­tralian accent gen­er­al­ly, you don’t pro­nounce the /r/ sound when ‘er’ is at the end of words. The excep­tion is when …