Let's practice pronunciation together!
We'll work on pairs of words with confusing pronunciation - in which the same combinations of letters are pronounced differently.
One very frustrating thing about the English language is that the pronunciation is irregular. There aren’t strict pronunciation rules that you could memorize and always know exactly how words are pronounced – it’s just not possible.
There ARE some pronunciation patterns… but there are also exceptions to those patterns! Some letters and combinations of letters have multiple different pronunciations, and you can’t know which one to use just by reading the word; you need to hear the word. That’s why listening and repeating is so important.
You can improve your pronunciation fast inside my American English Pronunciation Course – we’ll learn and practice all the sounds of the language, helping you to make the differences between similar sounds and avoid pronunciation mistakes.
This course will help you speak English more clearly, confidently, and correctly!
Otros episodios de "Espresso English Podcast"
Lifetime vs. Lifelong vs. Lifespan
4:53Today we have a great question from a student who asked about the difference between the words lifetime, lifelong, and lifespan. These words all seem to refer to the time period of someone’s life, but we use them in different ways in English. You might have a lot of questions like this one, about the difference between English words that seem very similar or even identical – and you’ll find a lot of answers inside my e-book, 600+ Confusing English Words Explained. The lessons have easy-to-understand explanations and examples, so that the confusing words become clear to you! 👉 Learn more inside the 600+ Confusing Words Explained E-Book: https://www.espressoenglish.net/600-confusing-english-words-explained/
Your 2022 English-learning plan
3:37Hello and happy 2022! It's a great time to make plans for the goals you want to achieve in the new year :-) Do you have a plan for improving your English this year? If you DON'T have a plan... you won't know what to study you won't feel like you're making progress you'll lose motivation But if you DO have a plan for your English learning... it's easier to study consistently you'll know exactly what to learn next you'll be confident that your English is improving day by day! When you join my Complete Program, you'll get ALL my courses and e-books at 50% off - AND a suggested study guide that takes you from the easier lessons up through the more advanced ones. The New Year is the perfect time to join, because you can start 2022 with a study plan and make GREAT progress in your English skills throughout the year! And I have another piece of good news... You can divide the payment of the Complete Program into parts! Just choose which is best for you: Option A: 3 monthly payments of $99 each Option B: 6 monthly payments of $49.50 each You'll get INSTANT ACCESS to the Complete Program (all 600+ lessons) when you make the first payment, and then the other monthly payments will happen automatically. When all the payments are finished, then you won't need to pay anything more - and you'll keep your permanent access to the Complete Program. There's no time limit :-) This is a great way to take advantage of the 50% discount... and still "spread out" the payments over time!
Phrases for bad travel experiences
7:08Have you ever missed your flight? (Remember that in English we say "I missed my flight" and not "I lost my flight") Today we’ll learn some phrases you can use to talk about bad travel experiences and problems that can happen on a trip. I hope you don’t experience any of these things if you have a trip in the near future… but if you do, now you know some English expressions for describing them. When you’re in a difficult or stressful situation, it can be even harder to speak English while you’re nervous or upset – but when you know the right phrases to use, it becomes much easier! When you take my Everyday English Speaking Course, you’ll become much better prepared to speak English in any situation in daily life – so you can handle things calmly and confidently without panicking because you don’t know the right words to say. Come join the Everyday English Speaking Course – it’s my most popular course because it’s so practical and useful. 👉 Learn more inside the Everyday English Speaking Course: https://www.espressoenglish.net/everyday-english-speaking-course/
Take back & taken aback
4:50Today’s lesson is on two phrasal verbs – take back and taken aback. These look quite similar, but they have very different meanings, and I’ll explain them with examples. I think it’s helpful to learn phrasal verbs in context, inside sentences, in situations where we’d really use them. That’s the strategy we use inside my Phrasal Verbs in Conversation Course. It's an easy and effective way to learn the phrasal verbs that are so common in English! 👉 Learn more inside the Phrasal Verbs in Conversation Course: https://www.espressoenglish.net/phrasal-verbs-intensive-course/
Where exactly to put "please" in a sentence
4:26In English, we use the word “please” to make requests and orders more polite – but have you ever considered where exactly to put the word “please” in your sentence? In today’s lesson I’ll show you several correct places to put the word “please” as well as a couple that sound unnatural, which you should avoid. "Please" is a word we use every day, so we want to use it correctly. It’s really important to know the most common words and phrases so that you can be more confident speaking English in daily life. That’s why I created the Everyday English Speaking Course, to help you know exactly what to say in lots of different situations! There are actually two levels of the course - so you can make progress and become a more advanced English speaker day by day. 👉 Learn more inside the Everyday English Speaking Course: https://www.espressoenglish.net/everyday-english-speaking-course/
Phrases for complaining about your job
5:28No matter how much you like your job, there are always a few things to complain about. In today’s lesson we’ll use five sample sentences to learn phrases and expressions for talking about negative points at work. Are any of these complaints true for you presently? Or maybe you’ve experienced these things in the past. Try to write a sentence or two putting some of the expressions we learned into practice. Remember to come check out my Business English Course. In addition to the lessons focusing on practical situations, it also includes lessons on business idioms – yes, many informal expressions are actually used in the business world or when talking about work – so you’ll learn those as well inside the course. 👉 Learn more inside the Business English Course: http://www.espressoenglish.net/business-english-course
Can YOU say these 10 tongue twisters?
5:50Today’s lesson is going to be a challenge even for me... We’re working on 10 tongue twisters - short phrases that are very difficult to pronounce, even for native English speakers! I like tongue twisters because they’re a fun way to train ourselves to develop very precise pronunciation, and if you can learn to pronounce a tongue twister well, then regular English sentences will probably feel a lot easier by comparison. English pronunciation is really tricky, and I’d love to help you improve yours so that you can speak more clearly, confidently, and correctly. My American English Pronunciation Course is a great way to train your pronunciation, make it better, and also receive an evaluation at the end of the course! 👉 Learn more inside the Pronunciation Course: http://www.espressoenglish.net/american-english-pronunciation-course
10 expressions with LIFE
5:05In today’s lesson we’ll learn 10 idiomatic expressions with the word LIFE, including: - can't for the life of me - lead a charmed life - put their lives on the line - have a new lease on life - not on your life ...and more! Remember that idioms are short phrases that can’t be translated literally word by word; instead, you need to know the meaning of the whole expression. If you really want to remember the idioms from today’s lesson even better, try putting them in your own example sentence! If you’d like to learn more common idiomatic expressions, my 300+ Idioms Course can teach you in a way that’s easy and fun, and helps you put them into practice. Each lesson in the course includes short answer questions that help you use the idioms you’ve learned, and then you can send in your answers for feedback and correction. 👉 Learn more inside the 300+ Idioms Course: https://www.espressoenglish.net/english-idioms-course
15 VERY common spelling mistakes
7:09English spelling can be a real challenge. Because of the way the English language has changed over time, there are LOTS of irregularities and exceptions in the spelling. Although it's difficult, it's important to learn to spell correctly because it gives a bad impression when there are spelling mistakes in your written English. Today you'll learn 15 common spelling mistakes that even native English speakers often make - so you can be aware of them, avoid them, and spell these words correctly! Please don’t feel bad if you’ve been making some of these spelling mistakes – like I said at the beginning, these are mistakes that even native English speakers make because English spelling is tricky. Mistakes are an opportunity to learn and improve, and you can do exactly that inside my 200 Common Errors in English Course. I’ll teach you the WRONG way to say things and the RIGHT way to say them, so that you can speak and write more confidently and more correctly in English.
40 interesting collocations for communication
8:43Today let’s expand your vocabulary by learning 40 interesting collocations (combinations of words) with the key words comment, conversation, and speech. This is a free sample lesson from our newest course - Advanced Vocabulary and Collocations - so if you like the lesson, join the course to get more! Do you want to take your vocabulary from "average" to "amazing"? The Advanced Vocabulary and Collocations Course will help you express yourself more fluently, without using the same basic words over and over. You'll learn 1,000+ high-level English words AND how to put them together in ways that sound natural. This helps you sound more sophisticated when you speak and write in English :-)