In this 3-part lesson, we will be looking at:
Make it shorter! Reduced syllables.
Some sounds in English are sometimes difficult for learners to pronounce and, in some cases, students fear that their pronunciation of these difficult words is not clear. What can lead to students avoiding these words or even not speaking at all :(, it causes lack of confidence and embarrassment.
In this lesson we look at one particular sound – /w/. Be very careful as this sound doesn’t only appear with words spelled with ‘W’!
For this lesson we recommend that you prepare a pen and a paper. You should prepare a small mirror in order to see your mouth when making the /w/ sound. You can also use your phone to record yourself and compare with the teacher.
Good luck and have fun!
Pronouncing auxiliary verbs in natural, spoken English.
The key thing to remember, is that in spoken English, in normal everyday situations, we always try to contract auxiliary verbs. It’s very normal to do that, whenever it is possible. In this lesson you will learn about pronounciation of sentences with auxiliary verbs – when it is easier to hear them and when those words almost ‘disappear’. Watch till the end because Alan will give you a useful tip to make these rules easier to remember!
For this lesson we recommend that you prepare a pen and a paper. You can also use your phone to record yourself and compare with the teacher.
Up, up, up … and down: lists
In this lesson we’re going to look at a small area in the music of English – called intonation.
Listen to this lesson to get some example sentences and hear the differences in intonation. You can practise by repeating and imitating the teachers’ voice. You can also test yourself – you might want to record your voice and compare with how Alan says it. After this lesson, talking about a shopping list will be much much easier 🙂
Good luck and have fun watching this short and useful lesson!