Check out the key areas to focus on Quite understandably, students often aspire to speak ‘perfect English’, including using pronunciation that doesn’t identify them as a non-native speaker. But what is perfect pronunciation?’ Are we talking about the Queens English or a national or regional variation? If you're taking an exam, the good news is the assessor will not be … [Read more...] about Pronunciation: An Introduction
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Introduction English is a stress-timed language which means certain words and syllables within a statement are stressed. Listen to me saying the following statement. You should start to hear a rhythm: I try to eat a balanced diet. Now you try. The stressed syllables are as follows: I TRY to EAT a BALanced DIet. Practice Examine the following statements … [Read more...] about Sentence Stress
Introduction The ‘ed’ endings of regular past tense verbs can be pronounced in three different ways: /t/ Example: ‘helped‘/d/ Example: ‘played’/id/ Example: ‘visited’ 1) How should the following verbs be pronounced? needed triedbooked shopped wanted picked stayedtravelled planned relaxedwalked hoped intended looked decidedloved enjoyed Check your answers … [Read more...] about Pronunciation of ‘ed’ Verb Endings
Chunks and how they can they help improve fluency Knowing the meaning of a word is useful, but knowing how to use it in context is vital. Words aren't used in isolation and will often form part of an expression or fixed set of words. Being able to call on these 'chunks' of vocabulary will help you to improve English fluency skills. Take the word 'thing' for example. … [Read more...] about Improve English Fluency with Chunks
Would you like to be able to understand the everyday expressions used by native speakers of English? Then this is the page for you! Each day, Monday to Friday, we publish a quiz featuring 3 English expressions. See the latest quiz below. Just published!Check out this new publication, a 130 page downloadable resource with all Splendid Expressions along with activities to … [Read more...] about Splendid Expressions