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Silent H at the Beginning of Words

Some English words begin with the letter H but don’t start with the / h / sound.

This is because these words were borrowed into English from the original French. At first, they kept their French pronunciation, but gradually, over time, most of them became Anglicised and lost their French connection.

Some of them, however, refused to lose their “posh” French pronunciation. These words, like honour, never had the / h / sound inserted at the beginning.

I made this video and the English Activation Pack to help students like you learn which words should be pronounced with an initial / h / sound and which should not.

There are 150 common English words in this English Activation Pack, and all have a recording of me giving the correct English pronunciation for you to copy.

I have also included two interactive quizzes that will help you to master the vocabulary and the pronunciation. The quiz questions each have an audio file for you to listen to the pronunciation of the word in question.

This is an extensive pack that took a lot of effort to make. It was made at the request of my wonderful student, Monica, from Italy.

Italian, Spanish, and French students will find this pack particularly useful, though it will be helpful to any student of English looking to improve their vocabulary and pronunciation.

Works on All Devices

I built this English Activation Pack in HTML5 so that it is compatible with all devices from smartphones to desktops, whatever the operating system.

The video pack will open inside whatever browser you are using, and the resources are delivered directly from the Amazon cloud for speed of download.


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I am an English teacher and I want to teach English. I want to teach English and I want my high-quality English learning material to reach as many students as possible, regardless of their financial situation. For this reason, I decided to adopt a Pay What You Want (PWYW) pricing structure for all of my downloadable English teaching material sold on this site.

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€1.00 for 12 months
Archie Grump Teaches the English of Debt

This English Activation Pack will help you to get the most out of the YouTube video, Archie Grump Teaches the English of Debt. It contains the complete script of the video. It contains an MP3 of the original video as spoken by Archie. It also contains an MP3 of me reading the script in my own, natural voice, which you may find easier to follow.

As well as helping to support my work, you will also get a glossary explaining the meaning of much of the vocabulary in the video. The glossary shows the vocabulary in context from the script, and provides a definition.

Finally, there is an interactive quiz to let you see just how much you have learnt from the video English lesson.

Pay What You Want for this great English Activation Pack and improve your English in a natural and enjoyable way.


Pay What You Want

I am an English teacher and I want to teach English. I want to teach English and I want my high-quality English learning material to reach as many students as possible, regardless of their financial situation. For this reason, I decided to adopt a Pay What You Want (PWYW) pricing structure for all of my downloadable English teaching material sold on this site.

Pay What You Want!

€1.00 for 12 months
Sounds British, An Interactive British IPA Chart PDF eBook

Join hundreds of students and teachers around the world who have downloaded and enjoyed this easy and engaging way to learn and master the IPA chart and its symbols.

If you learn the 44 symbols of the British English IPA phonemic chart, you will always be able to pronounce any word correctly with the use of a good dictionary.

The eBook contains over 80 hyperlinked pages and hundreds of audio files which you can listen to without having to leave the PDF document as they are embedded in the pages. Each page also contains an interactive IPA chart, which makes it simple to navigate to the pages for any of the 44 symbols and sounds with the click of a mouse. You are never more than a single click away from the sound you want to practice.


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Pay What You Want

I am an English teacher and I want to teach English. I want to teach English and I want my high-quality English learning material to reach as many students as possible, regardless of their financial situation. For this reason, I decided to adopt a Pay What You Want (PWYW) pricing structure for all of my downloadable English teaching material sold on this site.

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€20.00 for 12 months
Sounds British, An Interactive British IPA Chart Practice Pack

This Practice Pack contains well over 2000 questions about the content of the eBook, and has been designed to give you immediate feedback about your progress. The Practice Pack is divided up into sections and into groups of questions designed to make it as easy as possible for you to focus on those sounds and symbols that you most need practice of. There are thousands of audio files in the practice pack and you get to see immediately if you are correct with your answers to the questions. This Practice Pack is as close as you can get to having hundreds of hours of online classes with me, a real live English teacher, for a fraction of the cost.


Pay What You Want

I am an English teacher and I want to teach English. I want to teach English and I want my high-quality English learning material to reach as many students as possible, regardless of their financial situation. For this reason, I decided to adopt a Pay What You Want (PWYW) pricing structure for all of my downloadable English teaching material sold on this site.

Pay What You Want!

€20.00 for 12 months
A Deadly Lesson - An English Mystery

The First English Mystery

A Deadly Lesson is the first of my English Mystery courses helping you to learn English in the most entertaining and effective way possible.

It is aimed at students who have an Intermediate level of English, B1. It is also suitable for native English speakers who enjoy solving murder mysteries.

Read all about this exciting new way of improving your English at my new website, EnglishMystery.com

To give you an idea of what the English Mystery contains, I have created a demo version so you can try before you buy.


Pay What You Want

I am an English teacher and I want to teach English. I want to teach English and I want my high-quality English learning material to reach as many students as possible, regardless of their financial situation. For this reason, I decided to adopt a Pay What You Want (PWYW) pricing structure for all of my downloadable English teaching material sold on this site.

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€20.00 for 12 months
Fuzzy the Bear

This video pack contains a 9-page magazine along with 3 MP3 files to allow you to hear all of the text in both the video English lesson, Fuzzy the Bear, and the extra material in the video pack read by me.

The pack contains both the Latin script and the IPA symbols transcript.

In the lesson, I will teach you how and why the word was, which is a function word in this poem, is normally used with a weak stress. I will also show you when you need to use the strong form of the word was. This knowledge will help you not only to speak with a better accent, but will also help you to develop your listening skills.

After you have worked though the complete lesson contents, you will be confident in your use of the weak and strong forms of the word was when you speak.

You can buy the complete pack for the price you want to pay.


Pay What You Want

I am an English teacher and I want to teach English. I want to teach English and I want my high-quality English learning material to reach as many students as possible, regardless of their financial situation. For this reason, I decided to adopt a Pay What You Want (PWYW) pricing structure for all of my downloadable English teaching material sold on this site.

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€6.00 for 12 months
Much Choice Many Choices Video Pack

As well as the complete video script, and an MP3 version of the video, I have also created 4 fully-indexed and searchable PDF files containing 1000 real examples each of the words choice and choices, and the phrases many choices and much choice. The examples have been taken from real websites on the Internet, and there are links to each of the pages from which the example texts were taken so that you can see the example in context.

With 1000 real world examples in each PDF document, there are more than 100,000 words in this video pack. By seeing how vocabulary is used by real people in real situations, you can get a deeper understanding of how and when to use the vocabulary yourself.


Pay What You Want

I am an English teacher and I want to teach English. I want to teach English and I want my high-quality English learning material to reach as many students as possible, regardless of their financial situation. For this reason, I decided to adopt a Pay What You Want (PWYW) pricing structure for all of my downloadable English teaching material sold on this site.

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€6.00 for 12 months
Farm Animals Video Pack

In this video you will learn the vocabulary of farm animals including the following words: Beard, Beef, Boar, Buck, Bull, Calf, Chicken, Cow, Donkey, Drake, Duck, Duckling, Eggs, Feathers, Flock, Foal, Gander, Geese, Goat, Goose, Herd, Horns, Jack, Jenny, Kid, Lamb, Leather, Milk, Nanny, Peck, Pig, Piglet, Pork, Sheep, and Sow.

There is also a crossword puzzle, a wordsearch puzzle, the script of the video, and an MP3 version of the video available for download from Britlish.com for the price you want to pay.

Teachers will find this particularly useful with the video in the English classroom.


Pay What You Want

I am an English teacher and I want to teach English. I want to teach English and I want my high-quality English learning material to reach as many students as possible, regardless of their financial situation. For this reason, I decided to adopt a Pay What You Want (PWYW) pricing structure for all of my downloadable English teaching material sold on this site.

Pay What You Want!

€6.00 for 12 months
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