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Z-sound for Final -S

January 28th, 2019 | Pronunciation
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Ever wonder which words have a z sound, like jeans[z] or bean[z] and which have an s sound like cats or bats? Find out at mylanguagemaster.com. Learn the rules for pronouncing the z sound. 

Thought Groups & Prominence

March 26th, 2018 | Pronunciation
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A really useful way to help our students with their listening is to help them become aware of ‘thought groups’ – a term from the excellent phonology book for learners ‘Speaking Clearly’ – Rogerson & Gilbert – (CUP). These are sometimes called ‘tone units’ or ‘sense groups’. Rogerson & Gilbert define ‘thought groups’: When we […]

Vowel Sound Variety is a Key Feature of North American Speech

March 19th, 2018 | Pronunciation

Vowel Sounds                           Call 781.385.0231 American English pronunciation relies heavily on vowels and vowel combinations. There are short vowels and long vowels and several varieties of each used in daily speech. Vowels are continuously shortened and lengthened depending on their location within a […]

Linking Leaves Little Doubt What You Are Saying

February 27th, 2018 | Pronunciation

 Learn Linking             Call 781.385.0231  What is Linking in Speech? Linking is saying two words without a pause in between.  The sound of a word pronounced in isolation is different than the sound of a word within a phrase or sentence.

Collocations for Work

February 14th, 2018 | Pronunciation
Collocations for Work

Key features of Collocations                        Call Today 781.385.0231 Collocations are made from a group of simple words that appear together to produce a specific meaning.

Intelligibility and How to Say It Right

December 14th, 2017 | Pronunciation
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Learn English and conduct conversations with confidence. What do you do when others can’t understand what you are saying? 

When Word Stress Prevents Others from Understanding You

November 28th, 2017 | Pronunciation
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ESL speakers who stress the wrong syllable in a word are perceived as more accented.

Can You Deliver a Speech with Great Pronunciation?

November 24th, 2017 | Pronunciation
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Your English pronunciation should convey a message that is easy to understand. If you are addressing native listeners, and notice looks of confusion on their faces, you may need to improve certain aspects of your spoken English. But which aspects of your speech need work?  The Features most likely to confuse native listeners are segmental errors. Call […]

When, How and Why to Use the Future Continuous Tense Part 2

November 15th, 2017 | Pronunciation

Why Use the Future Perfect Continuous? The future perfect continuous is a convenient way to convey the ongoing nature of an action in the future. It is rarely used and considered very advanced level English. However, it is a precise way of conveying the nature of the duration of an activity.          […]

Learn English and Stretch a Vowel Preceding Final Consonants

October 5th, 2016 | Pronunciation

Stretch the vowel before the final consonant or cluster of consonants in a word. Don’t worry about the final consonant. Be aware of the letter but focus on the vowel and lengthen it. The consonant sound will take care of itself!  

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