Hey guys! Welcome to our ENGLISH BITES – The simplest, easiest and best way to practice your listening – the only one that is 100% created, executed and delivered from me to you – This is Erika Belmonte speaking and I’ll be more than pleased to be here with you guys three times a week and I’m pretty sure we’ll have a great time together – because more than learning and improving your English, I also want you to have some fun through a very exclusive content.
Oh…. One more thing, in case you need the transcription of this English Bite, please go to www.clubedoingles.com/englishbites and look for the episode number 07.
Well, today’s Bite will be a little different and let’s see if you guys are going to enjoy it so please give me some feedback if it was helpful and if you liked it, alright?
I’ll teach you some pronunciation today. I always get really excited when you praise my pronunciation, especially because I still have a lot to learn and improve but if I can share some tricks in a way you can memorize and use them, I’ll be more than happy. So whatever you learn today: PRACTICE IT! Practice makes perfect. You’ll never have a better pronunciation if you just listen, write or read. You have to SPEAK: in your English class, with your friends, family, with your dog, parrot, cat, fish, teddy bear… Or even with yourself, but SPEAK, out loud, shamelessly…
If you don’t know what to say, repeat. Pause the audio and repeat, try to imitate the sounds, try to be better than you were before.
So, my first pronunciation tip in our English Bites will be easy ok? It’s a very common mistake among English learners so if you already know this one, review it and if it’s your first time with the information, BE ALL EARS and PAY ATTENTION TO ME!
I’m gonna talk about the SILENT E AT THE END OF THE WORDS.
“E” as in ERIKA / as in EVEREST / as in ENGLISH
But ended by E.
For example: NAME
Most of the words ended by -E in English are silent, you are not going to pronounce it alright?
So we don’t say /NEIMIIII/ but we say /NÊIM/
There’s no “iiiiiii” at the end.
I brought you some examples and I would love to have you guys repeating after me. It will help you memorize both vocabulary and pronunciation ok?
SENSE – let’s start with this one.
Not /SENSÍ/ but /SENSE/ – It doesn’t make any sense.
Or even the number ONE… I’ve already heard so many people saying /ÔNI/ – reading as if it was a word in Portuguese, but in English the pronunciation changes. So the number is ONE /uãn/ – not /ÔNI/
- My sister is the blond one.
- I have just one kid.
- SKYPE /skaip/ – and not /skaipiiii/
- BITE – that’s what we have here. And that’s also what dogs do. BITE /bait/
- COME – not /cãmiii/ but /cãm/
- Like: – Come here please!
- HAVE – not /réviiii/ but /rév/
- I have so many friends.
- We have to wait now.
- What type of shoes do you like?
- TELEPHONE – again, not /telefôniii/
We should say /téle fôn/
- How do you pronounce it?
- When did he die?
- And be careful because the verb is TO MAKE – to make a mistake – and not to /meikiiii a mistakiiii/
- Don’t blame me for that.
- This sentence is pretty interesting because we don’t say BLAME ME /bleimi mi/ it’s weird. Since the last two letters are the same, we’re going to pronounce only one of them:
- Don’t blame for that /dón blei mi for that/ – and just out of curiosity, we’re pronouncing the “second ME” alright? BLAME ME
- Haha tricky one. Wanna know the meaning of each one? Google (that’s the answer my husband gives me when I wanna know the answer about something hahhaa)
- TAKE – not /TEIKIII/ – /TEIK/
- There’s an awesome brand (that I particularly love) called KATE SPADE. It’s not /KEITCHI SPEIDI/ but /KATE SPADE)
- Another common mistake here. People often say /SEIMI/ when they should say SAME.
Hummm.. What else?
- See? We don’t say /dãniiii/ – /goniiii/
Erika, is there any EXCEPTION?
Of course – there’s always an exception for every rule. Some examples:
And as far as I remember, these are the only ones kkkkk
I always like to emphasize that yes, pronunciation is really important because that’s part of your communication. You don’t have to pronounce every single word perfectly as a native speaker to speak English fluently and it’s ok if you have some Brazilian accent. It’s normal, it’s part of the process and it takes a long time and practice until you have a really great pronunciation.
One of my favorite writers, Mark Twain, used to say: “Continuous improvement is better than any delayed perfection”
Listen to this English Bite once again, twice, three times, a hundred times but repeat the words, memorize the pronunciation, take notes, speak out loud, listen to it again, repeat…
As I told you, it was just a very simple but useful and important tip about pronunciation. I really hope you have learned and enjoyed this English Bite and if so, I’ll bring you more tips like this one we had today alright?
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