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25th April 2016

Time for a test

Welcome back to the ETC International College, Bournemouth. blog. We’ve already established that the best way to become an excellent speller is to learn to do it visually, so today I’d like to pass on another tip.

Look for words which have the same patterns; the same letter combinations. ‘Test’ yourself on the following group of […]

By |October 8th, 2018|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

Happy Birthday

Welcome back. This ETC International College, Bournemouth blog, has now entered its second year, so Happy Birthday to Us J Yeeah! Now where were we? Oh yes, spelling. Last week we established that the way to become an excellent speller was to learn to spell visually. It’s not what a word sounds like, but what […]

By |October 1st, 2018|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

Visuals

Welcome back everyone. Today I thought we’d have a complete departure from the grammar and the pronunciation of recent weeks by looking at how we can improve our spelling. When I was a ‘young’ teacher working in Saudi Arabia, over twenty years ago, I was introduced to two guys who would become very important in […]

By |September 24th, 2018|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

Bi-Punctual

Hi, I hope you liked last week’s blog. Michael Lewis, in his book ‘The English Verb’, uses the term ‘bi-punctual’ to talk about the -ing form, as it has two points, and I’ve found it very helpful. The –ing form can refer to the duration of a period ‘before the point now’, (I was watching […]

By |September 17th, 2018|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

Happy Anniversary

Welcome back everyone. It’s now almost twelve months since I began this blog for ETC International College, in the beautiful town of Bournemouth, on the sunny south coast of England. Way back in blog 6, October 30th last year, I wrote about ‘tense’ and ‘aspect’ and the ‘-ing’ form. I think it’s now time to […]

By |September 10th, 2018|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

My name is John

Hi everyone! We’ve just had a brilliant Bournemouth Air Show weekend, with a great view of the Red Arrows from the Cliffs near to ETC. Anyway, let’s get back down to earth and continue our journey into English pronunciation land. So far, we’ve passed through the enchanted forest of long and short vowels, tackled the […]

By |September 3rd, 2018|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

Fricatives!

The eagle-eyed amongst you will undoubtedly have noticed that we have been ‘blogless’ for a couple of weeks. This is because I have been away on my annual holiday. However, I’m back and eager to pick up where we left off. J

Fricatives! Yes, fricatives! The consonant sounds produced by friction! Let’s begin with the ones […]

By |August 29th, 2018|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

The voice explodes.

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 […]

By |August 6th, 2018|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

Plosives!

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 […]

By |July 30th, 2018|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

It’s just a little bit hot…

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 […]

By |July 23rd, 2018|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments