Reduced Speech Form: Pronunciation Changes in Questions

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

The Key to Recognizing the English Tenses: Adverbs of Time

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

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’,… Read More Mic or Mike??

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… Read More Word Stress

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… Read More Intonation in Spoken English