Archive for the ‘General’ Category
Interview with All Ears English on The Royal Family
An Interview with Jo about The Royal Family
Last month, Jo was interviewed by the wonderful Lindsay and Gabby from All Ears English, a great website for advanced English learners where you can download regular podcasts featuring natural conversation and interesting tutorials about how to use 'real' English in everyday life. In this interview, Jo shares her experience of working for The Royal Family in Britain and, in the process, teaches some interesting idioms and expressions. You can listed in the interview HERE.
Announcement – EnglishwithJo now offering Grammar Lessons
I am pleased to announce that English With Jo & Team is now offering online Grammar Lessons. Students can now choose whether they wish to take conversation/speaking lessons, grammar lessons or a combination of both.
The new lessons are suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced, and are tailored to the individual needs of each student. Each lesson is supplemented by a varieted of exercises to do at home in order to further enhance and support the learning process. For more information, click here.
English Grammar Lessons
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
Pronounciation of W
To make the 'W' sound, make your lips round in the shape of a small circle. Then, stick them out enough, so they do not touch your teeth. Keep the back portion of your tongue high in the mouth, but do not let it touch the roof. Push the air out and make sure you feel your vocal cords vibrate.
Pronunciation – Final ‘d’
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.
Pronunciation of ‘th’
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’
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.
A Lesson in Numbers
This is an English lesson which teaches how to pronounce numbers, including: ordinal numbers, fractions, decimals, dates, height, big numbers, telephone numbers, measurements and even the numbers that appear in the names of Kings and Queens. It explains the grammar rules we use for saying numbers and sentences with numbers as well as highlighting some irregularities.