These pronunciation changes also happen when the question starts with a question word: What do you think? ⇒Whaddaya think? How are you feeling today? ⇒Howarya feelin’ today? When can you call me? ⇒When kinya call me? Pronunciation changes after Did, Would, and Could: Did you ⇒ Didja Did you finish the book? Didja… Read More Reduced Speech Form: Pronunciation Changes in Questions
“Every other…” means each alternate. If I say “My husband shaved today. He’s not going to shave tomorrow, but he’s going to shave the day after.” It means that my husband shaves every other day; he’s skipping every second day. Please write on every other line. It means: Write on the first line, do not… Read More Every Other
English tenses are used with adverbs and adverbial phrases that indicate the time of the action, for example, yesterday, now, often, tomorrow, an hour ago, last week. Adverbs of time and adverbial phrases of time are often called “time expressions”. Certain adverbs of time and adverbial phrases of time require certain tenses. For example, if… Read More The Key to Recognizing the English Tenses: Adverbs of Time
Did you know that the early abbreviation for microphone was “mike“ /maɪk/? But over the past 25 years or so “mic“ /maɪk/ has been steadily pushing “mike“ out. The problem with “mic“ is that it doesn’t follow our usual habits of matching abbreviation spellings to our pronunciations. “Mic“, like similar words ‘tic’, ‘hic’, ‘sic’,… Read More Mic or Mike??
Punctuation marks are the traffic signals of language: they tell us to slow down, notice this, take a detour and stop. In other words, it’s about making what you write as easy as possible for your reader to understand. Speaking is a whole lot easier than writing. When we speak, we can elaborate on… Read More Why do we need to use punctuations in our sentence?
Does the word interesting have four syllables or three? Is it pronounced as “in-ter-es-ting” or “in-t(e)res-ting”? I found it’s very interesting to consider some people add an extra syllable to certain words, or they just simply drop it when speaking. The word interesting is pronounced today with either three or four syllables. Most native speakers pronounce… Read More Dropped Syllables
Stress is very important when speaking. If you don’t pronounce the stress in a word, or you pronounce it incorrectly, people may have trouble understanding you. For example, if you pronounce “I want banana” in the same length: I-want-ba-na-na, you’d sound too robotic (unnatural). When a syllable is stressed, it is pronounced in three… Read More Word Stress
Intonation in spoken English is the musical patterns of ups and downs in your speech. In English, there are three intonation patterns: Rise Full fall Partial fall These different musical patterns that convey different messages to your listener. When to use falling or raising intonation in your speech? 1. Finishing A Statement Use the falling intonation… Read More Intonation in Spoken English