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Is It a Baa or Faa?

Why are we so insistent on using video in the All English courses? When we learn a language we think we are just learning sounds, but in fact communication is so much more. Previously, I’ve discussed...

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What’s an Allophone?

A phoneme is a distinct unit of sound. There are about 40 unique phonemes in American English, 24 consonant sounds and 16 vowel sounds. But of course, this division of sounds is not absolute....

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Context Is King

One of the problems with learning English in the classroom is that there is seldom any context to what is taught. You are taught bits and pieces of information. You learn a lot about...

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Regrets in English

Shoulda, coulda, woulda! These are the sounds of regret. “I shoulda known he’d leave me.” “I coulda been a better father, but I always put my job first.” “I woulda done better on the...

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The Shades of Vowels

Look at these glasses of wine from a French winery. Obviously they are all reds. Now let me ask you: Which one is really red? There are lots of shades of red, as you...

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ED Is Dead

I’m dying! I’m dying! I’m dead! DyING is a process. The -ing ending indicates something continuous or progressive, that is, something that is in the process of happening (ex. I’m playing, jumping, laughing). So...