- 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 will leave at 12:30.
- That cow over there is in with calf.
- He laughed in relief.
- 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.
- May God save our lives.
- I leave you to it.
- Surf is a tool to visualise geometry.
- Your behaviour was stupid beyond belief.
- My aunt, it grieves me to say, has cancer.
- 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 will leaf through the book.
- You will 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 will 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 are just petty thieves.
- Some men want their wives at home.
Tuesday, 5 December 2017
/f/ - /v/ and fortis clipping:
Monday, 4 December 2017
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"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 is 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.
Tuesday, 31 October 2017
This blog is about word-final /k/ and /g/ and pre-fortis clipping.
- I was glad to see the back of him.
- A brig is a ship with two masts.
- The duck on the river started quacking.
- I can see you through a crack in the door.
- D’you see the brick over there?
- She dug around in her bag for some coins.
- You don’t have to dig very deep to find out his name is Dick.
- What a massive crag this is.
- Brazil is in a different league.
- Many people lack adequate arrangements.
- Does Britain still lag behind the rest of Europe?
- It’s the best pig.
- The explosion was caused by a gas leak.
- Have a look at the menu and take your pick.
- The wig has to be trimmed.
- I have a snack in the basket.
- You’ve got to wear a name tag in our company.
- Can you pass me a tack, I want to fasten my name tag to the board.
- Can you see anything in my bag?
- The wick has to be trimmed.
- The snag is that the job is not very well paid.
Monday, 30 October 2017
Today's blog contains practice sentences with word-final /t/ and /d/. In let the /e/ is shorter than in led, and in lent the /n/ is shorter than in lend. The same shortening applies to the /l/ in felt as opposed to felled. Here you go!
- The new rate was a shock.
- The new raid was a shock.
- The police led the criminal out of the shop.
- The police let the criminal out of the shop.
- D'you know how to spell tight?
- D'you know how to spell tide?
- Our nanny hit the baby.
- Our nanny hid the baby.
- She sent me a lovely card.
- She sent me a lovely cart.
- I know she can ride well.
- I know she can write well.
- There's a drunk outside the house.
- I don't like the sight of it.
- Toddlers quickly learn bad words.
- After he had felled the tree, he felt much better.
- When you come round the bend slow down.
- I'm particularly fond of the Times font.
- She's hard on the outside, but she's got a heart of gold.
- Is it Wates Grove or Wades Grove?
Sunday, 29 October 2017
The following sentences contain words with word-final voiced or voiceless bilabial plosives, i.e. /p/ and /b/ as in lap - lab. Make sure the vowel in front of /p/ is shorter than in front of /b/. If the plosives are preceded by a sonorant, it's the latter which is shortened if /p/ follows.
- The zoo assistant went over to the pub.
- The zoo assistant went over to the pup.
- Please, pass me the robe.
- Please, pass me the rope.
- The cat was sitting in my lab.
- The cat was sitting in my lap.
- This tribe is harmless.
- I'm not going to watch the tripe that's on TV:.
- There's a mop around the corner.
- There's a mob around the corner.
- Rip the flesh from the rib-cage.
- The cop was young and eager to learn.
- The cob was young and eager to learn.
- I take a nap every afternoon.
- The police will nab you for speeding.
- He left his cap in a cab.
- Watch out or I give you a bop on the nose.
- At last I’m making a few bob.
- I'll have the crab cake, please.
- I don't believe all that crap.
- It's not that simple.
- The dove is a symbol of peace.
- I've prepared an apple crumble.
- Be careful or you'll crumple to the ground.
- A tulip bulb is not a seed.
- He drank the whiskey in one gulp.