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PRONUNCIATION

PRACTISING THE PRONUNCIATION OF “-ED ENDINGS” (2B1)(1B2)

As you know, the “-ed” endings of regular past tense verbs can be pronounced in three different ways: /t/, /d/ and /ɪd/, which is the one most students tend to overuse. Have a look here here for an overview of the rules.

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WATCH THIS VIDEO TO LISTEN TO SOME EXAMPLES:

 

Over the years, I have found that /t/ and /d/ are easier to notice and to produce if the verb comes immediately before a word beginning with a vowel sound:

liked it – /laɪktɪt/
dreamed of – /driːmdəv/

The video is suitable for late A2, B1 and B2 students, who will have learned the basic -ED rules, but may still struggle to produce the sounds accurately. The on-screen activities are all self-explanatory.

You will notice that the activities do not test whether students can choose between /t/ and /d/. The difference is barely audible in fast connected speech, and it rarely causes misunderstandings. Also, since most students tend to overuse /ɪd/ and avoid /t/ or /d/, the song excerpts focus on the latter, rather than the former.

THANKS TO: http://www.luizotaviobarros.com/2016/10/pronunciation-ed-endings.html

TRY THIS -ED ENDING GAME I MADE FOR MY A2 STUDENTS:

https://mcargobe.wordpress.com/2016/11/10/ed-endings-game-a2/

OTHER GAMES

http://www.grammar.cl/english-games/pronunciation-ed.htm

http://www.grammar.cl/english-games/pronounce-ed-ending.htm

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-ed ENDINGS GAME (A2)(ORAL SKILLS 2B1)

PLAY THIS GAME BY CLICKING ON THE PICTURE

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THE EXERCISE IS BASED ON THE VERBS THAT APPEARED IN YOUR A2BOOK (pages 54-55)

HAVE A GO AT IT AND GOOD LUCK!!

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PRONUNCIATION OF -ED ENDINGS: EXTRA PRACTICE

 

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ENGLISH CONSONANTS (ALL LEVELS)

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THIS IS THE CHART IN YOUR BOOK

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CLICK ON THE WEBPAGE BELOW TO LISTEN AND PRACTISE:

CONSONANTS

MORE CONSONANTS

REMEMBER:

UNVOICED = “SORDO”

VOICED = SONORO 

YOU CAN ALSO TRY ADRIAN UNDERHILL´S  INTERACTIVE PHONEMIC CHART:

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CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE AND YOU´LL BE ABLE TO HEAR THE SOUNDS.

 

NOWADAYS THERE ARE MANY APPS YOU CAN DOWNLOAD ON YOUR MOBILE / TABLET TO PRACTISE PRONUNCIATION:

SOUND FOUNDATIONS: SOUND MACMILLAN (FREE VERSION, NOT PREMIUM)
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ENGLISH FILE PRONUNCIATION
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THIS IS A GOOD SITE TO WORK ON PRONUNCIATION (BBC Learning English)140924155826_bbcle_new_site-2

OR THE BRITISH COUNCIL

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AND THE BRITISH COUNCIL APP

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NOW YOU COULD PRACTICE WITH THIS LIST OF THE 100  MOST  COMMONLY MISPRONOUNCED WORDS IN ENGLISH: 100 mispronounced words

 

 

 

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CYBERCHONDRIACS !!! (B2.2)

LOOK AT THE PICTURE & SEE WHAT´S HAPPENING….

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST FROM BBC LEARNING ENGLISH?

WORLD STROKE DAY 2019 (ALL LEVELS) (B2.2)

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TODAY WE´VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT HEALTH & ILLNESSES  ON WORLD STROKE DAY. ONE IN FOUR OF US IS AT RISK OF STROKE IN OUR LIFETIME. STROKE IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY AND EVERY MINITE IS CRITICAL, BUT WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

  • SLURRING OF SPEECH OR LOSS OF SPEECH
  • FACIAL WEAKNESS, ARM & LEG WEAKNESS
  • LOSS OF BALANCE
  • TINGLING & NUMBNESS ON ONE SIDE OF THE BODY
  • WALKING ISSUES, GIDDINESS AND EVEN DROP IN CONSCIOUSNESS

IT WOULD BE TIME TO CALL THE NEAREST EMERGENCY (112) UNIT OR HOSPITAL URGENTLY.

BY THE WAY, THE WORD “STROKE” CONTAIN AN ENGLISH DIPHTHONG:

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DO YOU KNOW ANY OTHER WORD CONTAINING IT?

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IS READ MEAT BAD FOR YOU? (B1.2)

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HOW MANY KINDS OF MEAT CAN YOU REMEMBER?

MANY PEOPLE ARE BECOMING VEGETARIANS OR VEGANS THESE DAYS FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS. SOME TO STOP ANIMAL SUFFERING, OTHERS TO HAVE A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE….SOME OTHERS FOR THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE PLANET…

DO YOU THINK IT´S ALL A QUESTION OF FASHION? SHOULD WE ALL GO VEGAN AND CUT OUT MEAT FROM OUR DIETS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PLANET?

https://www.thinkspain.com/news-articles#p:/news-spain/31835/one-in-10-spaniards-is-vegetarian-or-vegan-and-trend-is-increasing-says-study

 

WHAT´S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “MEAT” AND “MEET” IN PRONUNCIATION?

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STAGES OF LIFE (1B2)

CAN YOU DESCRIBE THIS JOURNEY BACK IN TIME?

YOU MIGHT HAVE A LOOK AT THE VOCABULARY ON PAGE 26

IF YOU ENJOY THE SONG, YOU COULD TRY SINGING ALONG WITH THE PHONETIC SCRIPT….

/ɪts ə ˈlɪtl bɪt ˈfʌnɪ ðɪs ˈfiːlɪŋ ˈɪnˈsaɪd

aɪm nɒt wʌn əv ðəʊz huː kæn ˈiːzɪlɪ haɪd

aɪ dəʊnt həv mʌʧ ˈmʌnɪ bʌt bɔɪ ɪf aɪ dɪd

aɪd baɪ ə bɪg haʊs weə wi bəʊθ kʊd lɪv

 

ɪf aɪ wəz ə ˈskʌlptə bʌt ðen əˈgen nəʊ

ɔː(r) ə mæn huː meɪks ˈpəʊʃənz ɒn ə ˈtrævlɪŋ ʃəʊ

aɪ nəʊ ɪts nɒt mʌʧ bʌt ɪts ðə best aɪ kæn duː

maɪ gɪft ɪz maɪ sɒŋ ənd ðɪs wʌnz fə jʊ

 

/ˈkɔːrəs/

ənd jʊ kæn tel ˈevrɪbɒdɪ ðɪs ɪz jə sɒŋ

ɪt meɪ biː kwaɪt ˈsɪmpl bʌt naʊ ðæt ɪts dʌn

aɪ həʊp jʊ dəʊnt maɪnd aɪ həʊp jʊ dəʊnt maɪnd

ðæt aɪ pʊt daʊn ɪn wɜːdz haʊ ˈwʌndəfʊl laɪf ɪz naʊ jər ɪn ðə wɜːld/

NICE   WEEKEND!!

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PRONUNCIATION 2: DIPHTHONGS (ALL LEVELS)

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THESE ARE THE ENGLISH DIPHTHONGS:

CAN YOU THINK OF A WORD FOR EACH DIPHTHONG?

IF NOT, TRY THE INTERACTIVE CHART, BY CLICKING ON THE LINK.

IF YOU CAN´T WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE TYPE IN “IPA DIPHTHONGS” ON YOU TUBE,OK?

WATCH THIS MINI-MOVIE TO PRACTISE THE DIPHTHONGS:

(http://www.cambridge.org/elt/resources/skills/interactive/pron_animations/index.htm

EXERCISE

FOR MORE DETAILED PRACTICE ON EACH DIPHTHONG YOU CAN WATCH THESE VIDEOS:

 

 

 

 

YOU CAN ALSO USE THIS MATERIAL:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/pronunciation

http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/englishfile/intermediate/c_pronunciation/pronunciation02/

PRONUNCIATION 1: VOWELS (ALL LEVELS)

 

LISTEN TO PABLO IGLESIAS SPEAKING IN ENGLISH LAST YEAR. WHAT DO YOU THINK HIS PROBLEM IS?

LOOK AT THIS CHART.

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THESE ARE THE SOUNDS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. AS YOU CAN SEE, THE CHART IS DIVIDED INTO THREE PARTS:  VOWELS, DIPHTHONGS AND CONSONANTS.

LET´S CONCENTRATE ON THE REVISION OF ENGLISH VOWELS.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW OR THE PICTURE ABOVE TO USE AN INTERACTIVE VERSION OF THE CHART:

http://www.onestopenglish.com/skills/pronunciation/phonemic-chart-and-app/interactive-phonemic-chart-british-english/

 

YOU CAN ALSO WATCH THIS VIDEO:

IF THE LINK DOESN´T WORK, TYPE IN  “IPA VOWELS”  ON YOUTUBE   AND YOU´LL BE ABLE TO WATCH THE VIDEO. OK?

THIS IS ALSO A USEFUL LINK  TO LISTEN TO THE VOWELS BELOW:

www.oup.com/elt/englishfile/beginner

EXTRA PRACTICE

NOWADAYS THERE ARE MANY APPS YOU CAN DOWNLOAD TO PRACTISE PRONUNCIATION:

  • SOUND FOUNDATIONS (there is a free version)

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  • ENGLISH FILE PRONUNCIATION (you have to pay to download)

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FOR INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS AND ABOVE, YOU CAN ALSO VISIT THIS WEBSITE:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/pronunciation/introduction

STRONG AND WEAK FORMS (ORAL SKILLS) (1B2)

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http://davidbrett.uniss.it/phonology/notes%20and%20exercises/weak%20forms%20audio/introandpreps/weak_forms.htm

STRONG AND WEAK FORMS LIST

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