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Are You Making The ‘it’s’ Pronunciation Mistake?

In this English pronunciation tutorial, you’re going to learn how to stop making a basic English speaking mistake, which nearly all learners of English make. 

So what is the mistake?

It’s responding to a question or a statement, with the word ‘it’s’, on its own.  When you’re speaking English, shortening the phrase ‘it is’ to ‘it’s’, is something that we do all the time. It makes speaking the language easier.

However, there are certain situations where it is not acceptable to do so, and this situation is the worst.

If I ask you a question and you want to respond by just saying ‘it is’, you can’t shorten this to ‘it’s’. If you want to respond by saying ‘it’s’, you have to follow up something else.

Here are some examples to help clarify this point:

Me: ‘Your name is Khalil isn’t it?’

Correct response: ‘It is.’

Correct response: ‘it’s not no’

Incorrect response: ‘it’s’

Me: ‘It’s lovely weather isn’t it?’

Correct response: ‘It is.’

Correct response: ‘it’s glorious yes’’

Incorrect response: ‘it’s’

Me: ‘Is it hot today?’

Correct response: ‘It is.’

Correct response: ‘it’s very hot yes’

Incorrect response: ‘it’s’

To summarise in 3 easy points:

It’s ok to respond with ‘it is’, and nothing else

It’s ok to respond with ‘it’s …’ it’s plus something else

It’s NOT ok to respond with ‘it’s’ and nothing else.

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NEVER Make These 5 English Pronunciation Mistakes!

In this English Pronunciation lesson, you’re going to learn the 5 WORST pronunciation mistakes in English.

These mistakes have you saying the rudest and most offensive words in the English language, even though the words are almost identical to polite everyday words that you use in normal English conversation.

Almost every non-native speaker of English will have made one of these critical errors, resulting in embarrassment, or worse…!

In the video, I break down these 5 words that people end up saying incorrectly and compare them to the correct word that you’re meant to say.

I explain the sounds that have been confused, and how to tell the difference.

At the end of the video, I give you a simple English listening test, to see if you can recognise the mistakes when they appear in English speech.

Throughout the video, I provide links to additional English tutorials that enable you to focus on improving specific sounds within your English speech.

If you recognise that you have difficulty with one of the sounds that I mention here, you will be able to then watch additional pronunciation tutorials, to make the necessary improvements to your speech.

The reason why these mistakes occur is usually due to a mispronounced vowel sound. In English, there are long vowel sounds and short vowel sounds. For example /i:/ as in ‘feet’, and /ɪ/ as in ‘fit’.

What tends to happen when people learn English, is that they don’t learn the difference between the various vowel sounds.

As a result, they end up getting them confused. In most situations, that will lead to you mishearing or mispronouncing a word.

This isn’t ideal, but it’s not the end of the world. In other situations, however, as a result of mispronouncing a sound, you end up saying something extremely rude and offensive.

In an informal situation, it might be funny, but in a business meeting or professional situation, it can cause you serious problems.

In London, I hear non-native speakers making these pronunciation mistakes on a regular basis. Unfortunately, it can have a negative effect on their job prospects, and also their quality of life.

By teaching you how to make these sounds correctly, and avoid mistakes, you should be able to speak English with confidence, knowing that you’ll never make one of these dreadful errors.

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How To Pronounce 2022 in British English (And 2021)

How to Pronounce 2022 in British English without the common mistakes many non-native English speakers make!

Imagine this situation.

You’re giving a presentation about a project that you’re working on for the next few years.

But as you are explaining your target, you freeze from a lack of confidence.

You want to speak using British English because you are talking to native English speakers.

But you’re uncertain about how to pronounce 2022 in British English and now everyone’s eyes are on you waiting for you to speak.

Well, this tutorial will help you keep your cool and encourage your professionalism.

So if you don’t want to get stuck while talking in the workplace, this video is made for you!

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Top 10 Most Common English Words Used in Employment

In this week’s video, we will be analysing the top 10 most common English words used in employment.

Here are TEN professional words and phrases that you will come across in the workplace environment.

1. Employ
2. P.A.Y.E
3. Self-Employed
4. Contract
5. Statutory
7. SSP
8. Pension
9. Salary
10. Wages

Picture this.

You’re at a new job and you have to ask your employer a very important question.

But you don’t feel confident enough, because you don’t know how to pronounce these words.

Those questions don’t need to go unanswered, because this video will guide you through these ten tough words and even phrases you might need to use them in.

So if you work in a professional environment and want to feel confident when you speak English, this video is the one for you!

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How To Pronounce The ‘-ly’ Suffix In English

This week’s English Pronunciation tutorial will walk you through this tricky consonant cluster step by step to enable you to speak English like a native!

Don’t let the ‘-ly’ suffix affect your English Pronunciation

These is what we will cover during this video:

  • Breaking ‘-ingly’ down
  • How Not To Pronounce ‘-ingly’
  • Pronouncing ‘-ingly’ Correctly
  • Examples of ‘-ingly’ Words
  • ‘-ingly’ In A Phrase
  • Explaining Tonality

When pronouncing the ‘-ingly’ cluster in words like ‘lovingly’ or ‘surprisingly,’ the ‘-ly’ suffix can alter the way we pronounce the ‘-ing’ before it.

Why is that?

When we see the ‘N’ in ‘-ing’ we assume it is there to be pronounced, but since it is part of the ‘ING’ suffix, we should be making a different sound entirely – /ŋ/.

Are you struggling to understand?

No worries!

By the end of the tutorial, you will know how to pronounce the ‘-ly’ suffix, the ‘ing’ suffix, and the combination of both when they are combined.

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English Rhythm Practice – What Are English Rhythm Words?

In this week’s tutorial, you’re going to discover the rhythm pronunciation of 9 of the most common English Rhythm words in English.

And I’m going to show you how to implement them into your English speaking right away. I’m going to give you 5 English Rhythm practice exercises to do this.

This will give you an immediate boost in confidence when you speak English, and it will improve your English listening too!

If you’re looking for a simple way to speak English like a native and have more confidence when you speak, this tutorial is for you!

English has two kinds of words:

Information words & grammar words (Also known as English Rhythm Words).