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How do I get better at pronunciation in my new language? 07/03/2023

And of course, lessons with a professional teacher can help with tips on how to make those tricky sounds…

How do I get better at pronunciation in my new language? Learning the sounds of your new language takes time... but these practice tips will help learners of any language!

25/02/2023

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10/02/2023
19/01/2023

Crazy I know!

19/12/2022

Grammar in a festive poem

Here’s a poem called ‘Tense Christmas’.

19/10/2022

Thank me later.

Magnificent Linguistic Family Tree Shows How all Languages are Related. 08/10/2022

Magnificent Linguistic Family Tree Shows How all Languages are Related. Magnificent Linguistic Family Tree Shows How all Languages are Related.  Linguists often use the tree metaphor to show the historical relationships between languages and how they relate to one another. In a language history course, these trees would most of the time look very simple and informative...

17/09/2022

Today’s poem is called ‘Hear, They’re and Everywear’.

07/05/2022

Only for expert level English students

Today’s poem is called ‘How to Avoid Mixing Your Metaphors’.

Timeline photos 09/04/2022
Timeline photos 08/03/2022

Happy International Woman's Day to all the beautiful, loving, smart, and creative woman who contribute in so many ways. Today I honor all the woman on the planet!! Have a fantastic day!! xoxo

17/01/2022

Is it time you took your English to the next level? Private sessions available online and in person - tailored to your requirements, day time or evening.

02/09/2021

It’s the same sentence, but so many meanings… can you tell them apart?

20/11/2020

Time to treat yourself to some private English lessons?

23/08/2020

English is hard!

20/08/2020

Oh wow! Useful!

The English language ‘laws’ you never knew you knew - BBC Reel 04/06/2020

English is hard. Even native speakers don’t know all of the rules...

The English language ‘laws’ you never knew you knew - BBC Reel The English language has no government, but sometimes, you’ll come across an odd ‘law’ that has been passed on from generation to generation, and most of us use them. Lexicographer, etymologist and broadcaster Susie Dent looks into these linguistic quirks. Animation by Adrian Hartrick and Domi...

31/03/2020

Who would like a challenge?

“Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like co**se, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Foeffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.
Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!”
― Gerard Nolst Trenité, Drop your Foreign Accent

12/02/2020

Struggling to work out which tense to use and why? This could be a great book for you: https://amzn.to/2HircpL

23/09/2019

Struggling with English pronunciation?

Nothing to see here, just an illustration showing how your mouth pronounces words!

15/07/2019

Now this is worth knowing!

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