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So today’s Bite is a suggestion from you guys: PRONUNCIATION in English and to be more specific, words that carry a silent -L. I simply love when you guys come and suggest nice and important topics that also help others that are also learning English. And one tip now: whenever you guys receive an English Bite talking about pronunciation, try to separate some minutes to repeat some of the words that I’m gonna share along with the explanation. It will help you memorize much better and faster. Again, if you’re super busy, just listen to it but 10 minutes is more than enough to take the transcription and repeat the words so you don’t pronounce them wrongly anymore (in case you still do).
And guys again, learning about pronunciation is just a matter of practice. It has nothing to do with leaving in another country alright? I mean, I know dozens of people who live in the US, Canada and England and haven’t improved their English or even the pronunciation. This is something that you gotta work and you gotta work hard on that every single day. This English Bite is focused on one single tip: words in English with the letter L that are often mispronounced.
These mispronunciations are mostly a curious product of literacy; people see the words in print and, since Ls are not usually silent, assume the Ls are supposed to be pronounced, even if they have heard the words pronounced correctly. For example, take COLD – we must pronounce the L here. COLD and not /COD/ ok
So today I am going to share some words and give you guys an example with each one so you can understand how it’s going to work on a sentence alright? Feel free to look for the meaning in case you don’t know some of them alright? So, let’s get it started:
COULD / SHOULD / WOULD
We don’t say /CULD/ but /CÚD/ – Could you repeat that again please?
The same thing for SHOULD AND WOULD – You should study for the test / SHÚD/
I would go if I had money /UÃD/, not /ULD/
Some other verbs like TALK, WALK, STALK… Follow the same idea. Don’t pronounce the L.
/TÓK/ – /WÓK/.
Don’t talk to me, I’m busy!
Let’s walk in the park later, alright?
That shady guy was stalking me last night (not STÓLKING but STÓKING)
The fish is /SÉMON/ – SALMON – not /SALMON/
For example: How would you like your salmon?
What else? If you wanna share a chocolate bar with your friend, so you’ll have HALF and he will have HALF of it right?
So again, it’s no /RAUF/ but /RÉF/. There’s no /RAUF/ in English alright? LOL
Like: Can I have only half of it?
Since we’re talking about food, let me tell you something. I love having eggs for breakfast and whenever I cook some eggs over easy, in other words, I like the yolk of my eggs soft.
Guys… YOLK /IOUK/ not /IOULK/ – there’s no L sound here but an /OU/ sound. YOLK
Do you like ALMONDS? ALMOND MILK?
The nut is /ÓMÃND/ and not /ÓLMÃN/ alright?
Some other words like CALM, PALM, BALM follow the same rule. NO L in the pronunciation.
How come you’re so calm in a situation like that?
Have you bought hearts of palm? I wanna add it to my salad.
I simply love those EOS lip balms. My lips get really moisturized and smooth.
Now an interesting one: in Brazil we have a very well-known brand called PALMOLIVE right? We also have this brand in English but again, we’re not gonna say the L here. In English you should say /PÓMOULIV/. LOL I know, a little weird but that’s the way it is. And speaking of which, PALMOLIVE here in the US is more common on cleaning products like detergent or liquid dish soap.
Another brand? RALPH LAUREN. We don’t say /RÓLF LÓREN/ but /RÓF LÓREN/
And I’m a huge fan of this brand, they have super modern and awesome pieces.
Guys, we do have much more words like that and I can bring another block of silent L words in the future but for now, I’d like you to work hard on these ones alright? Again, baby steps 🙂
So, that’s it for today guys. I really hope you have enjoyed today’s episode. THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your support and for listening to this English bite. If you have any suggestion, anything you’d like to learn from our English Bites, please let me know alright?
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