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Video 8: pronunciation party

In this video I concentrate helping you with difficult bits of pronunciation, including some minimal pairs.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcPJ2pkb99Y

 

Notes

Minimal pairs: http://www.englishclub.com/pronunciation/minimal-pairs.htm

 

Lily

red

ride: r-eye-d

read: reeed / red (past participle / past simple – as above)

raider: ray-duh

 

Cilene

man / men

cheap / chip: cheeep / chip

beat / bit: beeet / bit

The “i” song is particularly difficult too, I think we don’t have this song in any romance language.
Your name, for example, would sound “Chrees”

http://www.englishclub.com/pronunciation/minimal-pairs-i-ee.htm

During many years, I’ve never noticed that the “oo” in “good” is not the same as the “oe” in “shoes”.

wooed / wood: woood / wuhd

shoes / good: shoos / guhd

good = wood = should = could

food: foood
beautiful: byou-t(uh)-fool

optimistic: op-t(uh)-miss-tik

easy: ee-zee

 

Using either – and neither too!

Too

In this context the same meaning as “also” or “as well”.

“I like football too.”

Either: eee-thur / eye-thur

Describing a choice or selection of items.

“I’ll buy you either a dress or shoes. Not both.”

Neither: neee-thur / neye-thur

Negative form of “either” – for negative ideas and statements.

“I don’t like football.” “Me neither.”

Listen to this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7sYNptYjsE&feature=related At 1:30, the man sings about the difference in pronunciation. Listen carefully!

Neither…nor…

Linking negative statements. (Negative of “either…or…”)

“I am neither hungry nor tired.”

 

Please see the BBC page below for a far better explanation:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/learnit/learnitv113.shtml

https://learnbritishenglish.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/using-either-and-neither-too/

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