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British English Lesson - Fur or Fir - Homophones

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Fur or Fir - Homophones

The two words fur and fir are homophones in English and cause a lot of pronunciation confusion for students. I mean, how can two words that are radically different have exactly the same sound? There are many homophones in English and this lesson is designed to help you master these two. Not only does it deal with the words fir and fur, but it also deals with words like furred, furry, furlike, furl, furlong, furlough, furnace, furniture, furore, further, fury, fire, firkin, firm, first, fifth, and firth. This lesson will help you to pronounce all of these words perfectly.

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At the Restaurant

At the Restaurant

Learn how to order food in a typical restaurant in British English. In this lesson we will look at some vocabulary, do a listening exercise, a listening and reading exercise, a conversation simulation, and look at how to sound polite in a restaurant setting. The vocabulary includes alky, delicious, dump, fancy, filling, full, menu, order, pretty, pudding, seafood, slice, soft drinks, sparkling, special, starving, stuffed, and sweet.


Numbers and Dates Practice

Numbers and Dates Practice

Numbers can be difficult for students, particularly big numbers and dates. I have designed this English lesson at the request of Nataliya in Moscow who said that she was having difficulty listening to and transcribing dates and numbers. There are many audio files in this lesson. You can choose to test yourself on British English dates, small numbers, big numbers, and decimal numbers. 

 

Idiom Activation Pack - Food Idioms 3

Idiom Activation Pack - Food Idioms 3

Idioms are expressions that are natural to native English speakers. They are very confusing for non-native English speakers. They're confusing because idioms don't mean what the words say. You cannot literally translate English idioms into another language. The vocabulary in this British English lesson is important for students to learn and master. There are a lot of idioms in this lesson as well as a set of questions which I have designed to help you learn, remember, and use the vocabulary and make it part of your active vocabulary. If you are serious about improving your British English vocabulary, these common British English idioms are essential. The idioms are: Pepper with, Butterfingers, Know which side your bread is buttered, Too much on plate, Lamb to the slaughter, Ginger group, Beer gut, Plenty of fish in sea, Let off steam, and Like a knife through butter. 

 
 

Pause

Pause

English humour can be difficult for non-native English speakers. This is why simple English jokes are a very good way of teaching vocabulary, and why I’ve chosen a very simple joke for this lesson. The jokes goes: A lion walks into a restaurant, sits down and calls the waiter over. The waiter says, “Can I take your order, Sir?” To which the lion says, “I’d like an antelope… steak.” The waiter says, “Of course, Sir. One antelope steak. But why the pause?” The lion says, “Because I’m a lion.” Watch the video and then do the exercises in the Activator. The exercises will help you with your pronunciation skills. There are four homophones in the lesson which have very different spellings but exactly the same sound when spoken.

 

S or Z

S or Z

When do we use the /s/ sound and when do we use the /z/ sound, and what’s the difference? Let’s find out… The two sounds /s/ and /z/ are very close and cause endless confusion for students. There are some rules and the rules are normally to do with the voiced and unvoiced sounds. A voiced sound is that made when we use our vocal cords. /z/ is the voiced form of the sound /s/, which is unvoiced. Put your fingers on your throat when you say the word buzz. You should feel a vibration in your throat at the end of the word. This is caused by the vocal cords vibrating and adding to the sound. Now say hiss. This time you should not feel any vibration in your throat. Your vocal cords are not involved in making the sound /s/.

 

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