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Thought Groups & Prominence

March 26th, 2018 | Connected Speech
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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 | Connected Speech

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 | Connected Speech

 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 | Connected Speech
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.

How to Use Intonation to Boost Intelligibility

December 28th, 2017 | Connected Speech
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Intonation is the Rise and Fall of Your Voice at the Right Time Intonation is what native listeners need to recognize vocabulary words, grammar, and syntax. If your intonation is off,

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

November 15th, 2017 | Connected Speech

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.          […]

When, How and Why to Use the Future Perfect Continuous Part 1

November 9th, 2017 | Connected Speech

When You Should Use the Future Perfect Continuous Use the future perfect continuous to project yourself into the future for the duration of an ongoing activity from now up to a point in the future.

Future Perfect Is Easy to Understand

November 3rd, 2017 | Connected Speech
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Future Perfect We use the future perfect to talk about an event that occurs before another event finishes. The future perfect lets you talk about the past in the future.    ex I will have finished my homework by dinner time. 

When, How and Why to Use the Simple Future Tense

October 20th, 2017 | Connected Speech
Learn English Simple Future Tense

English Future Simple Tense  English has four future tenses:  future simple, future continuous, future perfect, and future perfect continuous. The future tense is important because it used heavily in speaking.   Most people use ‘will’ to talk about a future event. 

Learn English Minimal Pairs to Rapidly Develop ‘Connected Speech’

September 28th, 2017 | Connected Speech
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Learn English Minimal Pairs  American English minimal pairs are words that sound alike except for a single element or sound. Minimal pairs are usually short words that contain a single vowel.  Inaccurate use of these short words could confuse your audience. Learn proper pronunciation of vowels and consonants by practicing minimal pairs exercises. This is […]

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