Today my students were asked to pronounce several sentences. One student produced this nice variant of a sentence (but don't tell this to any animal rights organisation):
"Try not to breathe through your mouse."
Sunday, 4 February 2018
Tuesday, 30 January 2018
While I was watching TV last night, the word 'flosser' (the film was about whether one should use dental floss or interdental brushes) reminded me of a series I had watched many years ago because flosser rhymes with tosser. Here's one of the sentences uttered by the main character in that series, a sentence which stands for deep thinking. I'm sure some of you will know which series I'm referring to.
/ˈtjuːnɪŋ jɔː tiː ˈviːz laɪk ˈmeɪkɪŋ ˈlʌv tu ə ˈbjuːtəfl̩ ˈwʊmən || ˈfɜːst ju ˈhæf tə ˈfaɪn nə ˈraɪp ˈbʌtn̩ | ən ˈnen ju ˈhæf tə ˈfɪdl̩ wɪð ɪt | ʌnˈtɪl ju ˈget ə ˈdiːsn̩t rɪˈsepʃn̩/
Tuesday, 5 December 2017
/f/ - /v/ and fortis clipping:
- Does he believe in God?
- You need half a pound of butter.
- Sharon needs time to grieve after the death of her husband.
- The plane'll leave at 12:30.
- That cow over there is with calf.
- It was a relief to have him out of the house.
- My sofa can serve as a bed.
- He was overcome with grief because his wife had died.
- It’s about half a mile down the road.
- I don't believe a word of it.
- We've got to halve our aid budget.
- I've known her all my life.
- This new drug can save our lives.
- I leave you to it.
- Many people surf the net aimlessly.
- Your behaviour was stupid beyond belief.
- My dad continued to grieve for his wife.
- His grief was obvious.
- Nicola was accused of being a thief.
- This calf is so cute.
- I want my daughter to be in safe hands.
- The roles of husbands and wives are different in our society.
- We live only a few miles from London.
- The Canadian flag contains an eleven-pointed maple leaf.
- He aims to halve unemployment.
- It's my strongly-held belief that things were better in the past.
- The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
- A fairly odd couple came to live next door to us.
- Can you prove it?
- The cow will calve in two weeks' time.
- Take it or leave it.
- She married late in life.
- I don't feel safe in my house.
- I'll leaf through the book.
- You'll save a lot of time if you travel by car.
- Proof of the allegation must be by convincing evidence.
- Don't waste your time surfing the net.
- The waiter'll serve another table first.
- The police had no proof that he was guilty.
- A thief had broken into the office.
- About one-third of whale calves die in their first year.
- Have you met my wife?
- They're just petty thieves.
- Some men want their wives to stay at home and not take a job.
Monday, 4 December 2017
|credit: Japan Times|
|credit: Cambridge University|
"In Japan [cherry] blossom is celebrated not in spite of its transience but because of it."In this sentence he stresses both spite and because in these multi-word prepositions. In the case of because, however, he does not use the pronunciation typical of the accented (= strongform) version, but an unaccented /bə'kəs/. Listen:
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
In 2001 Oxford University Press published the Oxford Dictionary of Pronunciation for Current English at the fairly decent price of less than £ 20.00. After more than a decade a second edition has become available, which is now sold by Routledge. The hardback edition costs £ 180.00 - a price that really puts me off. There's no paperback edition available, just an e-book at almost £ 36.00 to be consulted either online or offline. Offering dictionaries online seems to be an increasing trend - like it or not.
Saturday, 18 November 2017
This blog is about word-final /ʧ/ and /ʤ/ and pre-fortis clipping.
- I have a batch of documents here for you to sign.
- We are delighted to have the first batch of products.
- I was handed a badge with my name on it.
- I see this as a badge of honour.
- The eighth letter of the alphabet is the aitch.
- In the word heir you drop the aitch.
- She's 23 years of age.
- Hyacinth is the same age as me.
- The bird balanced on a branch of a larch.
- The larch is a popular tree species.
- The sums of money he had lost were large.
- Charities, by and large, do not pay tax.
- The police did not ban the march.
- She started work last March.
- In informal spoken British English margerine is often pronounced marge.
- Marjorie and Margaret are often shortened to Marge.
- The Nile perch is an edible fish.
- A high place where you can watch things is called a perch.
- Were there any plans to purge ethnic minorities?
- You should purge your hard disks before you leave the company.
- She was obviously stinking rich.
- The houses in this street belong to the rich and famous.
- The sun disappeared behind the ridge.
- It was just a small ridge of sand.
- Do an online search on ‘rabbit’ and see what it brings up.
- It was too dark to search further.
- Last year there was a surge in our profits.
- Adrenalin will surge through your veins.
Sunday, 12 November 2017
'Uckly' sounds ugly
Some of my phonetics students tend to replace the consonant sequences /-gl-/, /-gn-/ and /-gr-/ by their partners /-kl-/, /-kn-/ and /-kr-/.
- He thinks he's ugly but he's not.
- They live in an ugly block of flats.
- Jealousy is an ugly emotion.
- It's a really ugly picture of me.
- Indoctrination is such an ugly word.
- The couple are in an ugly fight over who will get the children.
- An igloo is a house made from blocks of hard snow or ice.
- The house is shaped like a gigantic igloo.
- The Inuit word 'igloo' means house.
- The evening sky was still aglow.
- Her face was aglow with happiness.
- The title of Tracey Peterson's book is Hearts Aglow.
- This chemical will agglutinate the cancer cells.
- The virus has lost the ability to agglutinate blood cells.
- When powders are added to liquids, they tend to agglomerate.
- After contact, the wetted particles agglomerate rapidly
- The candle ignited the plastic.
- These were the events that ignited the war in Europe.
- The compound ignites at 450 degrees Celsius.
- You can’t ignore the fact that many criminals never go to prison.
- Paul left his key in the ignition again.
- This is the most likely source of ignition.
- The phone rang but they ignored it.
- John rudely ignored the question.
- Just ignore him and he'll stop pestering you.
- The waiter totally ignored Glen.
- He was derided as an unschooled ignoramus.
- I don't believe in God - I am an agnostic.
- Dreaming is a highly complex cognitive activity.
- This substance is said to enhance cognitive functions.