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12 words in which we DO pronounce the final "E"
You probably know that an English word ends in -E, the -E is usually silent; we don’t pronounce it - like in the words date, cheese, fine, spoke, and rude.
But there are a few exceptions!
Many of these words came into English from other languages and so they don’t follow the typical trend of a silent E at the end.
Repeat after me to learn 12 words in which we DO pronounce the final -E.
I know that English pronunciation can be SO confusing with all these exceptions to the rules!
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Inside it, we’ll do lots of practice so that you can master the sounds of the language and say them clearly. And when you can pronounce things clearly, you’ll be able to speak English more confidently.
I hope you’ve enjoyed today's lesson and learned something new!
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Learn 20 powerful verbs to SUPERCHARGE your vocabulary!
I hope you’re ready to learn some awesome words!
You don’t want to use the same basic English words over and over... instead, you want to use interesting and powerful words to express yourself better.
Today I'll teach you 20 verbs that will supercharge your vocabulary.
That’s actually a good example – I could say “improve your vocabulary” or “expand your vocabulary” but the word “supercharge” is so much more descriptive; it creates a mental picture of getting a huge boost in vocabulary power!
If you like this lesson, then you’ll probably love Level 2 of my Vocabulary Builder Course, where you'll learn 1,000+ words that will really enrich your vocabulary.
Every lesson inside the course includes ways for you to practice - quizzes and short-answer questions to help you use these new words yourself.
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How to think directly in English (step by step)
One HUGE step towards fluency is learning how to think directly in English.
This will help you speak with fewer pauses and express yourself better!
But many students say...
“It’s too hard! “I don’t know enough English words!” “I need to think in my native language and translate.” "I'm not advanced enough to do that." Today I'm going to show you 4 simple steps to help you develop the skill of thinking in English, without translating from your native language. If you practice these steps, you will succeed and you'll see a big improvement in your English :-)
I hope you can see that you don’t need to be super advanced to learn to think in English – you can start today. Try one of the four steps this week.
Thinking in English is a very important skill for fluency, but you’ll need a lot of other skills, too – like a strong vocabulary, clear pronunciation, listening comprehension, and the ability to understand common phrasal verbs and idioms in English.
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Wishing you the best in your English learning!
Learn 20 confusing collocations in English
Do you know the difference between “making trouble” and “taking the trouble”?
What about “having fun” and “making fun”?
Today I’m going to clarify 20 confusing collocations with the words do, have, make, and take. The meaning often changes depending on which verb is used.
If you want to remember these collocations better, I’d encourage you to try writing your own example sentences using each one – this will help establish the differences in your memory.
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I believe this is actually my most popular e-book; everyone loves how easy it is to complete the lessons!
Thanks for watching and I’ll talk to you next time :-)
How to pronounce 50 difficult words in English
Welcome to the final lesson in our pronunciation power-up mini-course!
So far we’ve practiced 200 English words for jobs, food/drink, countries, and brand names – and I’ve saved the best for last.
The theme of today’s lesson is difficult words to pronounce, so I’ve selected 50 of the words that English learners often find hard to say.
If you’re serious about improving your pronunciation and you want to practice more with me, you can join my American English Pronunciation Course, which will help you speak English more clearly and confidently.
Are you ready to try these difficult words? Let's jump in - listen and repeat!
If you’ve made it to the end of this list, great job! Those words aren’t easy.
A lot of students ask me, “How can I know if I’m pronouncing a word correctly or not?” and I always encourage you to check an online audio dictionary.
For example, if you look up a word in thefreedictionary.com, you can click on these audio icons to hear the American pronunciation and the British pronunciation.
Whenever you learn a new word – or if you’re just not sure how exactly to say any word – go to an audio dictionary, listen, and repeat. You want to get into the habit of using the correct pronunciation so that you don’t have to try to fix problems later.
Another great way to evaluate your pronunciation is to get feedback from an English teacher or a native English speaker – someone who can tell you exactly what you’re doing well, and exactly what you need to change or improve.
When you join our American English Pronunciation Course, you actually get a pronunciation evaluation included with the course!
At the end of the course, you can send in two audio recordings of yourself speaking English, and a teacher on our team will listen to you and then send you detailed comments and any corrections on your pronunciation.
Some teachers or schools charge around $100 just for a personalized evaluation like this, but you’ll get one included right inside the American English Pronunciation Course when you join. Don’t miss the opportunity!
Thank you so much for joining me in this mini-course :-)
I hope you’ve enjoyed this pronunciation practice - and just remember, your pronunciation training shouldn’t end here.
Keep doing a little bit every day, and those small exercises, over time, will add up to a big improvement in your pronunciation and confidence.