Jan 14

Learn British English Pronunciation Free (video): ‘the’, ‘tough’, ‘through’ and more

Chris presents another pronunciation lesson on many words such as ‘the’, ‘though’ and ‘through’.
the /ðiː/ /ðə/
though /ðəʊ/
through /θruː/
thought /θɔːt/
thistle /ˈθɪs.əl/
tough /tʌf/
thorough /ˈθʌr.ə/
thoroughly /ˈθʌr.ə.li/
‘The thistle thought the thoroughly thorough thought.’
‘The thought goes through the tough, thorough trough.’
‘The thistle whistled, though it thought it ought not to.’
‘Tough was the trough I thoroughly thought the thorough through.’

Via YouTube.

Jan 06

Learn British English Pronunciation Free: ‘Wear’, ‘Wore’ and more (video)

Chris presents pronunciation practice of ‘wear’, ‘wore’ and many more words. Please see below.
wear /weər/
wore /wɔːr/
worn /wɔːn/
war /wɔːr/
were /wɜːr/ or /wər/
where /weər/
‘Where were the things you wore?’
‘I wear what I wore, and always have worn.’
‘The wary women wear the worn clothes to war.’

Via YouTube.

Dec 30

Learn British English Pronunciation Free: ‘Clothes’, ‘Cloths’ and ‘Biscuit’ (with captions)

Chris presents a pronunciation lesson on ‘clothes’, ‘cloths’ and ‘biscuit’.
English pronunciation: ‘clothes’ /kləʊðz/
‘He doesn’t have the patience to spend time choosing clothes.’
‘She’s always got to have the latest, trendiest clothes.’
‘cloths’ /klɒθs/ or ‘clothes’ /kləʊðz/
‘You clean with cloths and you wear clothes.’
‘biscuit’ = /ˈbɪs.kɪt/
‘Brush the biscuit crumbs off your clothes with this cloth.’

Dec 27

Learn British English Free video: Words of the Year 2017

Chris presents the words of the year. What’s yours?
http://www.learnbritishenglish.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/35-Words-of-the-Year-2017-Chris-PDF.pdf

English Words of the Year 2017

Collins Dictionary Word of the year: fake news
‘There’s so much fake news these days.’

Also:
Corbynmania
Echo chamber
Fidget spinner
Gender-fluid
Gig economy
Insta (adjective)
‘That’s a great insta photo.’
Unicorn
‘The new app, released last year, has proved the basis for a unicorn.’

Cambridge Dictionary word of the year: ‘populism’ (also ‘inauguration’)

Oxford Dictionaries: ‘youthquake’ (also ‘Antifa’ and ‘unicorn’)

Dec 20

Free English Lesson: ‘The Crown’ series 2, episode 1

Chris presents vocabulary from ‘The Crown’ episode. Please click here for the document.

Dec 17

Learn British English Free (video): ‘beard’, ‘beer’, ‘bear’, ‘bare’, ‘barely’ (pronunciation)

Learn British English Free: ‘beard’, ‘beer’, ‘bear’, ‘bare’, ‘barely’ (pronunciation)

beard /bɪəd/

beer /bɪər/

bear /beər/

barely /ˈbeə.li/

bare /beər/

‘The bear drank beer and grew a beard.’

‘My chin is bare without the beard.

‘The bear barely drinks beer.’

Dec 03

The ‘Brexit Dictionary’ by Learn British English

The ‘Brexit Dictionary‘ by Learn British English (see also: Brexit timeline)

Brexit = The act of Britain leaving / exiting the EU (British exit = Brexit).
The EU = The European Union (not the same as Europe).
Brexiteer = A person who voted Brexit and supports leaving the EU now.
Remainer = A person who voted remain and probably doesn’t support Brexit.
Hard Brexit = A scenario where the UK leaves the EU and other arrangements such as the Single Market.
Soft Brexit = A scenario where the UK leaves the EU but remains a member of other arrangements such as the Single Market.

Brexit Dictionary JPEG

Nov 25

Learn English vocabulary: cricket wicket / stumps (the Ashes)

This winter, England are playing Australia in the famous cricket series called the Ashes. In case you are interested, this is useful vocabulary about the wicket (or stumps):

Cricket Wicket JPEG

Nov 05

Free video: English pronunciation: ‘i’ /ɪ/ or ‘ee’ /i:/ sound (example: ‘bitch’ or ‘beach’)

Chris demonstrates the pronunciation of the short vowel /ɪ/ and long vowel /i:/.

/ɪ/ (short)  /i:/ long.

ship /ɪ/ sheep /i:/

this /ɪ/  these /i:/

bin /ɪ/ been /i:/

bitch /ɪ/ beach /i:/

Nov 03

British English Book Recommendation: ‘La Belle Sauvage’ by Philip Pullman

I’m reading ‘La Belle Sauvage’ by Philip Pullman.

The Dark Materials trilogy:

  1. Northern Lights
  2. The Subtle Knife
  3. The Amber Spyglass

The Book of Dust (trilogy):

  1. La Belle Sauvage

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