Every Other

"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... Continue Reading →

Mic or Mike??

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',... Continue Reading →

Dropped Syllables

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... Continue Reading →

Word Stress

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... Continue Reading →

Intonation in Spoken English

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... Continue Reading →

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