Category Archives for "Word Of The Week"

Aug 06

English Stress Shift in ‘Afternoon!’ vs. ‘Good Afternoon!’

By Ashley | Word Of The Week

How do you greet someone in the afternoon?

“AFternoon … afterNOON … GOOD afternoon … good afterNOON … good AFternoon …”

Confused yet?

One of our Masterclass students, Stella, asked about the ‘stress shift’ in this greeting. This week’s WOTW video is actually a ‘preview clip’ from that very lesson, where Ashley guides her through it step by step.

Look out, because the stress will vary according to who speaks first!

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Jun 25

English Pronunciation: ‘or’ vs. ‘oh’

By Paul Baston | Word Of The Week

What is the difference between the words ‘caught’ and ‘coat’ in British English?

And how on Earth can we begin ‘decoding’ the confusing English spellings that go along with them?

All is covered in Paul’s Word Of The Week video:

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Jun 11

How To Pronounce “Think” vs. “Sink” (use this ‘TH’ exercise!)

By Paul Baston | How To Pronounce , Word Of The Week

What is the difference between the words ‘think’ and ‘sink’ in British English?

If the TH sound isn’t in your home language, how can you learn how to pronounce it confidently?

 

Check out today’s Word Of The Week video for…

– descriptions,

– illustrations

– PLUS a great exercise for learning the TH sound:

 

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May 28

How To Pronounce “Caught” vs. “Cot” In Standard British English

By Paul Baston | Word Of The Week

What is the difference between the words ‘cot’ and ‘caught’ in British English?
And how do they compare to vowels in other languages?
This week’s suggestion came from a Brazilian Portuguese speaker:
(if you speak Portuguese, today’s your lucky day!)
I go deeper into how ‘caught’ compares to the vovó / vovǒ vowels
BUT, if you speak Spanish, Arabic (and many, many more languages) then the “vovǒ” sound will sound familiar too, and will be a good reference point.
Either way, if you’re anything like me, you have a real love of languages and sound.
So it can be really beneficial to get a good ‘vowel orientation’, regardless of the vowels in your home language.
So watch the video now and don’t forget to give me a suggestion for next week!

 

 

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May 21

How To Pronounce “Can’t” … Without Swearing!

By Paul Baston | Word Of The Week

It’s the most OFFENSIVE word in English …

And yet its pronunciation is so, so close to one of the most common words in English.

Perhaps, like Félix, you’ve already noticed.

And perhaps you’re avoiding using it altogether, and opting for the more awkward, “cannot” every time you need to say it.

(don’t do it!)

I’ll explain why in today’s video, and how you can learn to alter the two crucial variables that make the difference between can’t and c*nt.

Please be aware that the video contains BAD LANGUAGE before hitting play:

 

Watch the video above to find out more.

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May 14

How To Pronounce Words With The TH Consonant Sound In English (Word of The Week)

By Paul Baston | How To Pronounce , Word Of The Week

Today’s Word Of The Week covers all types of words containing the TH consonant.

What are the two types of TH sound? How can we learn this sound if it’s not in our native language?

Watch the video above to find out more.

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May 07

How To Pronounce Prefixes In English: “pre”

By Paul Baston | How To Pronounce , Word Of The Week

Today’s Word Of The Week is PRESUPPOSITION. But in general, how do you pronounce words beginning with ‘pre’ in English?

Are there any useful patterns you can follow?

The answer is yes! And actually it’s pretty simple.

Watch the video above to find out more.

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