Sunday, January 15, 2017

PRONOUNCING -ED endings, -ed Past Simple, Past Participles and Adjectives

Hi, Guys!!!, 

One of the most difficult problems for non-native speakers is facing English pronunciation. It is nearly always a hard obstacle to overcome. But anyway, you'll be able to improve your pronunciation if you practise it a lot and follow some tips such as these ones ...

Well today, let's focus on pronuncing -ED endings!

There are 3 different ways to pronounce -ED ending of regular verbs in the Past Simple:

1. /id/ when the base form of the verb ends in /d/ or /t/, such as NEED - NEEDED /id/, WAIT - WAITED /id/.

2./d/ when the verbs end in a voiced consonant or a vowel (since all vowells are voiced). To check if a consonant is voiced, you can put your hand on your throat, pronounce the verb and feel the vocal cords vibrating. Let's see some examples: CALL - CALLED /d/, LOVE - LOVED /d/.
3. /t/ when the verbs end in a voiceless consonant, so the vocal cords never vibrate when you pronounce these verbs, such as: KISS - KISSED /t/, LOOK, LOOKED /t/.

Now, look at the Woodward Chart which can help you to practise the -ED endings prnounciation.

At last but not least, you can do the following listening tests, click here:

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

1º ESO - Mosaic 1 - Unit 4 Worksheets

Hi, Guys!!!, 

Time flies and I hope I'll finish Unit 4 next week, so are you ready to check your knowledge? Well, just click on the following links:

Mosaic 1 - Unit 4 *

Mosaic 1 - Unit 4 **

Oxford Practise Grammar (Comparatives and Superlatives) 

Oxford - Comparatives and Superlatives 

Comparatives and Superlatives (explanation and exercises) 

 Which is the most spoken language in Europe? in the world?

Monday, January 9, 2017

Happy New Year!!! (Speaking task: New Year's Resolutions)

Hi, Guys!!!, 

Happy New Year!!! My best wishes for you all!!!!

By the way, I'd like to share with you this fantastic link: BRITISH COUNCIL (New Year's Resolutions) since I strongly believe it's one the best ways to start the new year with students, it's a good way to speak up about past events and then, let's focus on the future!!!! I'm not going to give you any more details, because you'll find all the material there :) I hope you'll enjoy it!!!!
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