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English Grammar Lessons

Thursday, July 21, 2011 @ 03:07 PM
posted by Jo

Consolidate and deepen your understanding of English and how it really works with one-to-one online English grammar lessons.  These important and interesting classes cover all areas of language and are tailored to all levels, from beginners to advanced.  Lessons are designed to help you build language confidence and understanding of the main grammar points.  

Lesson material is based on the world-renowned Cambridge English in Use series, the best-selling English grammar series, trusted by over 30 million learners.  Material is presented with clear explanations and with a wide variety of exercises for added interest and to consolidate your learning. read more

Pronunciation – Final ‘d’

Saturday, May 7, 2011 @ 04:05 PM
posted by Jo

How to pronounce the 'd' sound

To pronounce /d/, we have our mouth slighly open; we put our tongue behind our top teeth and then move it to release a small puff of air.  We make the exact same movement to make the /t/ sound. The difference is that with /d/ we use our voice (vocal cords are vibrating) and with /t/ we do not.

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Pronunciation of ‘th’

Saturday, March 26, 2011 @ 04:03 PM
posted by Jo

How to pronounce the 'th' sound

There are two types of 'th' sounds - one where we use our voice (these, that) and one where we don't (think, both).  We can know whether we are using our voice or not by holding our hand to our throat. If we feel movement, we are using our voice. If we don't feel any movement, we are not using our voice.

Both 'th' sounds are made by putting your tongue between your teeth and then blowing air through your teeth. The most common error when pronouncing this sound is to put the tongue behind the top teeth instead of between the teeth. When this happens, the sound is like 't'.  You best way to practice is to pronounce 'th' words in front of the mirror so that you make sure your tongue is between your teeth as you pronounce the words.   read more

Pronunciation of ‘V’

Friday, March 25, 2011 @ 03:03 PM
posted by Jo

We pronounce the ''v'' sound by putting our top teeth on our lower lip and blowing air through our teeth.  With this method, we can also make the 'f'' sound but the difference between making the 'v' sound and making the 'f' sound is that with 'v' we use our voice. If you put your hand on your throat, you should be able to feel some movement when you pronounce 'v'.  But when you pronounce 'f' you should not feel any movement.  It is helpful to practice the 'v' sound while looking in the mirror. You should be able to see your top teeth touching your bottom lip as you make the sound.

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