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Linking pronunciation class homework answers

Thanks to the students who came to my latest pronunciation class. We studied different rules about linking: consonant-vowel links, vowel-vowel links with an added /w/ or/j/ sound, and same or similar consonant-consonant links.

Try to mark in all the links below. You’ll find the answers underneath.

A: But Tom, I really want to go out with them today. I already missed two opportunities and was late twice too.

B: Not today, Amy. I’ve finished work now and have got to collect Tim from Mandy’s so I need the car.

  1. I want two apples and one big grapefruit.
  2. Both the windows are broken.
  3. My friend isn’t going to be on time.
  4. I can’t tell when Neil’s joking.
  5. These are the best tomatoes I’ve ever had.

Below are the answers.

_ = consonant-vowel links, vowel-vowel links with an added /w/ or/j/ sound

– = same or similar consonant-consonant links

A: But-Tom, I really want-to (or wanna) go_/w/_out with-them today. I_/j/_already missed-two_/w/_opportunities_and was late-twice too.

B: Not-today,_/j/_ Amy. I’ve-finished work now_and have got-to (or gotta) collect-Tim from-Mandy’s-so I need-the car.

  1. I want-two_/w/_apples_and_one big-grapefruit.
  2. Both-the windows_are broken.
  3. My friend_isn’t going to be_/j/_on time.
  4. I can’t-tell when Neil’s joking.
  5. These_are the best-tomatoes I’ve_ever had.

How did you do? Don’t forget it’s REALLY IMPORTANT that you SAY the sentences ALOUD to practise. Have fun!

 

(Thanks to Oxford Online English for the sentences.)

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Happy New Year, plus events in January

Happy New Year to you!

Welcome to my blog in 2015 with a new title image and pages now in Japanese to help you get around the site.

Coming up at NELS this month is our New Year Party on Jan 17th. Click here for more information in Japanese.

Check out photos from last year’s party.

Join us for more mulled wine and fun and games!

Also, I’ll have my monthly pronunciation lesson on Jan 25th. This month the focus is on the sounds /f/, /h/ and /w/. Find out more here.

I hope to see you soon at NELS!

Confusing words

Would you like to know the difference between

  • start & begin
  • close & shut
  • end & finish
  • listen & hear?

Find out here.

And go here for a superb bank of confusing words that you can watch, listen and read on videos on YouTube.

The advice that comes with learning confusing words is not just to learn the rules, but also to see lots of examples of HOW the words are used, and then, of course, to start using them yourself. I’ll begin by saying how often I see the word ‘close’ instead of ‘closed‘ on shop doors here in Japan! I’ll finish by writing

The end.

I’m sure you can do much better with your examples! Please share them with me.

 

 

 

 

Which sport are you made for?

I found this fun and interesting quiz today about which sport your body is best suited to. You just have to rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 in 13 categories.

It has some great expressions and idiomatic phrases in, so why not kill two birds with one stone and take the quiz? You’ll not only find out which sport you are best suited for, but you’ll also be studying English at the same time!

I got squash, weightlifting and judo. What about you? Do the think the results are accurate?

Take the quiz here.

Click here to find out more about NELS classes.

Collocations with the word ‘goal’

To commemorate the end of the World Cup, let me share with you a page where you can learn some great collocations using the word ‘goal’.

As I’m sure you know, goal has two meanings: one in sport and the other with a more general meaning.

Learn 20 collocations with ‘goal’ here.

To find out more about NELS courses, please visit our homepage here.

A, an, the or nothing?

These tiny little words are not only quite important in English, but also quite confusing for many English language learners, right?

You will learn about them in our A2 General English course. To find out more about our 英会話 courses, click on the link.

For a guide in how and when to use  a, an, the or nothing, check out this video.

 

You CAN understand the news in English!

Understanding the news in another language can be difficult, right? But what if you got a little help with vocabulary? And what about if you could listen to the text too? And how about if you could do a quiz about what you had read? That would make it not only easier, but more interesting and fun too, right?

Well check out this article about super giant squid by the BBC Learning English website, and enjoy understanding the news in English.

You need to be able to understand text like this for 英検 and TOEFL. For more information about NELS classes, click on the links.

Irregular plurals of nouns

 

If you would like to find out more about NELS in 日本語, click here.

Now I’m sure you all know that to make most nouns plural (more than one) you just add -s, right? One pen, two penS. Easy, isn’t it? And I’m sure you know that after one potato, you get two potatoES. Also, that man becomes mEn, and  woman becomes womEn (be careful of the pronunciation though – /ˈwɪmɪn/), and a child becomes childREN.

But do you always remember what happens to  a sheep, a deer and a mouse?

And what about more uncommon words like fungus and crisis? And actually, WHY do they have special plural forms?

Find out here, and you can also practice your pronunciation too.

 

Five out of four!

This week has been NELS most successful week ever! Today we had another trial lesson and we got another new student. This week we’ve enrolled four new students and, as one of them signed up for two courses, have five new enrollees. Yay! That’s a 100% success record – so, if you try our FREE trial lesson with our bi-learning system from a native English teacher and a Japanese English teacher, you too can find out why our potential customers become NELS members.

By the way, how do you write five out of four in numbers? I know it’s different from the Japanese way, so send me your answers!

The difference between words: until and by

It can be difficult to understand the difference between ‘until’ and ‘by’, so read this to help you. (Then write me your own example sentences!)

by + a time means “not later than”
e. g. You must be home by midnight. / Can you finish the work by six o’clock?

You cannot use until with this meaning.
Call me by 3 o’clock. NOT Call me until/till 3 o’clock.

Something happens by a time in the future.
e. g. I will have gone to bed by the time you get home.

Something continues until a time in the future.
e. g. I will stay up until you get home.
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