LISTEN TO PABLO IGLESIAS SPEAKING IN ENGLISH LAST WEEK. WHAT DO YOU THINK HIS PROBLEM IS?
LOOK AT THIS CHART.
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:
YOU CAN ALSO WATCH THIS VIDEO:
IF THE LINK DOESN´T WORK, TYPE IN “IPA VOWELS” ON YOU TUBE AND YOU´LL BE ABLE TO WATCH THE VIDEO. OK?
THIS IS ALSO A USEFUL LINK TO LISTEN TO THE VOWELS BELOW:
NOWADAYS THERE ARE MANY APPS YOU CAN DOWNLOAD TO PRACTISE PRONUNCIATION:
- SOUND FOUNDATIONS (there is a free version)
- ENGLISH FILE PRONUNCIATION (you have to pay to download)
FOR INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS AND ABOVE, YOU CAN ALSO VISIT THIS WEBSITE:
Netflix‘s ambitious new series The Crown is the most expensive TV series to date, costing the streaming service over $130 million (via Daily Beast). A lavish – and thoroughly British – affair which sees the reunion of the creative team behind 2006’s Oscar-winning biopic The Queen, starring Helen Mirren. Screenwriter Peter Morgan and producer Andy Harries are here joined by Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry.
Taking its basis from Morgan’s 2013 play The Audience, the series is set to trace the reign of Queen Elizabeth II from her early years to the present day, balanced over the course of six seasons of 10 episodes each. The show promises to tell, “the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.”
AS MANY OF THE TEV SERIES ON NETFLIX ARE AMERICAN, THIS MIGHT BE A GOOD CHANCE TO LISTEN TO BRITISH ENGLISH AND KEEP UP YOUR ENGLISH DURING THE SUMMER. SEASON 1 IS ALSO ON ORORO TV WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
LAST YEAR WE STUDIED THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WRITING FORMAL AND INFORMAL EMAILS.
- HAVE A LOOK AT THIS USEFUL HANDOUT TO IMPROVE YOUR EMAILS.
- YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT ON USEFUL PHRASES FOR INFORMAL EMAILS & LETTERS BEFORE DOING YOUR HOMEWORK (SCROLL DOWN)
HOW FAR IS FROM VALENCIA TO NEW YORK? 6.048 km
HOW CAN YOU COMPARE THESE TWO CITIES?
THINK ABOUT THE SCENERY, THE WEATHER, THE PEOPLE, THE COST OF LIVING, THE LIFESTYLE, THE CUSTOMS, POLLUTION, CARS AND TRAFFIC, TRANSPORT, SHOPPING, FESTIVALS, GENERAL ATMOSPHERE…..
USE WORDS SUCH AS….
BIG MODERN COSMOPOLITAN FRIENDLY LIVELY HOT CROWDED SAFE COLD POPULAR NOISY UNFRIENDLY CALM DIRTY STRESSFUL EXCITING FAMOUS DANGEROUS POPULATED TRADITIONAL CHEAP EXCITING PEACEFUL GOOD
WHICH OF THESE TWO SONGS ABOUT NEW YORK IS BETTER?
HOW CAN YOU COMPARE?
HAVE A LOOT AT THIS PICTURE:
Mr Hill is quite busy with the housework.Can you describe the picture (using : already, not yet, just..) ?
(picture from NEW ENGLISH FILE Pre-intermediate OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS)