As July glides into August, let’s look at the other plosives. This week the /t/ and the /d/, and the /k/ and the /g/. Once again, we have to be aware of giving, or not giving them a voice. /t/ has no voice as in the word ‘town’, /taʊn/. On the other hand, /d/ has […]
So, as the weather finally becomes more British, let’s begin by looking the consonant sounds which ‘explode’ out of your mouth. These are called ‘plosives’ (for obvious reasons). They are /p/, /b/, /t/, /d/, /k/, and /g/. It’s useful to remember that three of these sounds are pronounced by using your voice, and some are […]
My last two blogs have focused on the vowel sounds of English, so this week, let’s turn our attention to the consonant sounds, (not to be confused with the consonant letters). Out of the 44 sounds which make up English, we’ve established that some are vowel sounds and some are consonant sounds. Of the 20 […]
Congratulations to France, the new champions of world football. ‘It’s coming home!’ was the cry, but as my son said: “we didn’t say when.” J Take a look back at blog 25, about the exophoric ‘it’.
Anyway, last week we looked at the twelve pure vowel sounds of English and how they were divided into 5 […]
Welcome back. The four words on everyone’s lips today are ‘football’s coming home’. Well, congratulations to the England football team and good luck from everyone at ETC, Bournemouth. Thank you also for your selected comments about the ‘hambag’, which range from ‘interesting’ to ‘sloppy speech’ It’s nice to get a response! Also, I’m going to […]
Like I said in last week’s blog, English has been broken down into 44 distinct sounds, with regional variations of course. However, if you can pronounce all these sounds, you’ll be able to pronounce any word in English. The fun thing is though, that sounds change depending on the company they keep, for example, in […]
If it was your first time I hope you enjoyed the ‘four candles sketch’ as much as I enjoyed England’s performance in the World Cup, yesterday. The joy of six, as the papers say! And speaking of the World Cup, there’s an absolute feast of different accents speaking English. Check out Joey Barton speaking English […]
Last week’s blog concluded with the word ‘pronunciation’ and I realise we’ve done very little on this area in the thousands of words so far, so today I’ll try to rectify that situation. No matter how good your ‘grammar’ is or how many words, or groups of words, you know, if no one can tell […]
Hi, welcome back. I hope last week’s offering didn’t distance you! In that blog I spoke about using language to distance yourself from the person you’re addressing by using lots of words, something my colleagues from the USA say they don’t do: if they want something, they don’t beat around the bush they just come […]
In the last blog I spoke about ‘personal space’ and distance. Maybe it’s ‘a British thing’, as one of my North American colleagues once pointed out, but I’ll try to show how people often establish space through language.
Here’s the context: You’re in a room with a number of other people. It’s hot and you feel […]