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Reading is an effective way to improve one's understanding of the English language. However, listening is a more challenging skill that requires dedicated practice and development. The Britlish Library offers a variety of activities that focus on the speech features of native English speakers, such as elision, simplification, intonation, stress, and rhythm. These activities aim to help students understand and effectively listen to spoken English, including the nuances and variations that may occur in conversation. By working through these activities, learners can improve their listening skills and gain a deeper understanding of the English language.

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Spelling Challenge No9

English has a simple grammar but a complex vocabulary and an almost insane spelling system which drives even native English speakers crazy. This lesson is one of a series of spelling tests challenging your ability to spell the most difficult to spell English words. Listen to me speak the word and then spell it if you can. The faster you spell each word accurately, the higher you will get on the leader board below the lesson. Click the more information button above to get a dictionary with the 180 most difficult to spell English words, from which the words in this test are drawn.

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Categories: Challenges | Spelling | | Vocabulary | Pronunciation | Listenings


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The Tyger

Written sometime between 1790 and 1792, Blake's The Tyger is one of the most famous of English poems much loved by children and adults alike. The poem asks questions about what sort of creator would come up with something as fearful as a tiger. This lesson will teach you the poem, some background details about the poet, the vocabulary in the poem, and the IPA symbols used to represent the pronunciation of the poem. There is much debate today about the pronunciation of the words eye and symmetry and whether in Blake's time they rhymed or not.

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Categories: Poetry | IPA Symbols | Pronunciation | Vocabulary | Literature | Listenings


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Sphynx Riddle Lesson

I asked the OpenAI Chat to “Explain the riddle of the Sphynx in the style of Shakespeare.” What it said I put in a video which you will find in this lesson. Watch the video and then learn plenty of new vocabulary as well as enhancing your listening skills and your knowlege of the IPA symbols. Then see if you can correctly answer the riddle of the Sphynx and get a perfect score in the challenge. 

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Categories: IPA Symbols | Pronunciation | Listenings | Vocabulary | AI Creations


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Empty Pronoun

The pronoun, it, can be used for what is sometimes called the empty pronoun, or the dummy subject, because it does not to stand for anything in particular. Ellipsis or near ellipsis is a feature of English pronunciation that we see with many pronouns at the beginning of sentences, and particularly when we use the empty pronoun. Ellipsis is when the empty pronoun disappears completely, while near-ellipsis is when we are left with a little of the empty pronoun. Of course, we don’t have to leave out any of the sounds and can say the sentence in its entirety. We will still be understood, but it may not sound quite as natural as a native speaker. By learning about ellipsis and near ellipsis, you will also be priming your ear to better hear what native English speakers are saying. We will do some exercises to see if you can hear and identify this speech feature when listening to normal, fast-spoken English speech.  

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Visited 2 hrs, 7 mins, 36 secs ago

Categories: Pronunciation | Vocabulary | Listenings


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Taste of Your Own Medicine

We have many idioms in English. One of them is a taste of your own medicine. This common idiom has its roots in Ancient Rome. Gaius Julius Phaedrus lived in the 1st century and translated the fables of Aesop into Latin. He also wrote many fables of his own in the style of Aesop, one of which is the source of the English idiom we are looking at in this lesson.

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Visited 3 hrs, 6 mins, 30 secs ago

Categories: Literature | Idioms | Listenings | Vocabulary


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