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So how DO you say ough?

I’ve just watched a very funny old clip from an American comedy show called I Love Lucy.
This clip is about ‘good’ ‘proper’ English versus how English is REALLY spoken. It also shows how reading English words can cause difficulties, even for native speakers! It looks at the pronunciation of the letters ‘ough’ which I have previously blogged about here: https://naturalenglishlanguageschool.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/the-wonderful-world-of-english-spelling-and-pronunciation/
You can read the subtitles on the video to help you if you need them.
Enjoy!
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So how DO you say ough?」への3件のフィードバック

  1. Wow! It’s such a funny video, isn’t it?
    I watched it three times and the subtitles helped me understand English on the video.
    The horrible sound ” Ough “, it has 10 different ways of pronouncing, so it’s difficult to pronounce them correctly for English learners, on the other hand, native speakers pronounce them correctly in spoken English, but sometimes , you mean, they might pronounce wrongly in reading English?
    The 2 funniest words on the video are that ” Through ” and ” Cough “, the husband read that ” Through ” was ” Thruff ” and ” Cough ” was ” Coo ” when he read the book. Those sentences are that ” His day’s work was Thruff ( Through )” , then after his wife told him about the mistake of pronouncing ” Through “, he said that ” That’s what I always say! “, lol., and ” He developed a hacking …..” there was a pose , then he said ” Coo ( Cough ) ” and “” I know it can’t be ” Cow “. “” , then again his wife told him the mistake, then he said ” I had Enough! ” .
    It was so funny.
    For Japanese speakers, when we read the book, we sometimes pronounce Japanese Kanji words wrongly.
    It’s a interesting similar mistake between English and Japanese.
    Your previous blog was a good review to pronounce 10 OUGH sounds.
    Thank you.

  2. Please let me know about the subtitle word ” ‘planation ” on the video.
    The husband and wife said it.
    It is ” Explanation ” ?

  3. Momo
    I’m glad you liked the video. Most native speakers would not have a problem reading ‘ough’ words if they were common enOUGH 😉
    You were correct in thinking that ‘planation was ‘explanation’. Well done!

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