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How to pronounce DON'T & WON'T: Confusing English Words

 

If you don't know what makes these words a little tricky you won't be able to adjust the way you say them.

Don't and won't.

2 super common words we use to negate.

But for a lot of my students, these two words sound closer to "done" and "want." 

What's happening here?

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Confusing English Words: Ball, Bowl, Bowel

 

Ball... bowl... bowel...

When you say these words out loud, do they sound distinct and different or do they kind of jumble into one?

If these words are tough for you, you are not alone!

They're tricky because the sounds within them are exactly the same except for the core vowel.

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Terms of LOVE in English

 

Babe, darlin, dear, schnookims, babycakes!

There are lots of sweet little affectionate names we can call our partner or significant other. 

And what better time than the beginning of February, the month of LOVE, to learn and practice some of the most common terms of endearment...

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How to Pronounce Words that Start with "C-O-N"

 

It’s a CONfusing CONcept. Both these words start with C-O-N, yet the beginning of these words sound different. What gives?

It's all about STRESS my friend!

No, not the kind of stress you have when a giant deadline is looming, or when your to-do list is multiplying like...

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15 Holiday Phrases: Christmas phrasal verbs

 

The holiday season is in full swing! It’s a perfect time to learn and practice conversational phrases commonly used during this time of year. In this lesson, I’ll share 15 holiday phrasal verbs and we’ll practice using them together.


Phrases used in this lesson:

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30 Ways to Say Thank You and Show Gratitude

 

I started a new thing a few years ago that has changed my life.

I take a few minutes each day to write 3-5 things I am grateful for.

Sometimes these things are deep, like... I am grateful for the health of my children and  I appreciate support and encouragement I consistently receive...

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COULD'VE, WOULD'VE, SHOULD'VE: How to Pronounce Past Modal Contractions

 

We should have thought of that!

That could have been better.

If I would have known I would not have gone.

These sentences will definitely sound different in spoken English than you would expect just looking at the written words.

These past model verbs reduce and contract in connected speech...

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How to Say Your Address in English in a Clear and Concise Way

 

2 weeks ago I shared a few key tips to help in being clear and concise when sharing your phone number.

But I think we can agree that sharing your address can be considerably more daunting!

Street names, street numbers, zip codes, oh my!

In this lesson, I've got several tips that...

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How to be Clear and Concise Sharing your Phone Number in English

 

Do you ever break into a cold sweat when you have to give your phone number?

It can be a daunting task in person, or worse, agh, over the phone!

Pronouncing the numbers themselves can be tricky.

But did you know there's a distinct stress or emphasis pattern to sharing your phone number in the...

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Sound More Natural with 1 Little Word: Reducing the Word “to”

 

It's kinda crazy.

Some of the most common words in English don't sound like you would expect when spoken out loud.

If you’ve been following my lessons, you know that a reduction is a word that sounds different in spoken English than you would expect it to when looking at the...

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