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with Dr Ksenia Gnevsheva

Get on the fast track to English fluency with our resident Linguistic Scientist

GRE or TOEFL? What’s the difference?

13 February 2017

You’ve probably heard of a million different tests that potential international students take: TOEFL iBT, IELTS, GRE, PTE, etc.  It’s an alphabet soup, and it’s easy to get confused.

3 ways to ace the IELTS writing test

30 January 2017

If you’re like most IELTS test takers and find academic writing a real challenge, you’re not alone.  Even native English speakers have to learn how to write for an academic audience.

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Real English Pronunciation

with Darcy Rose

If you want dramatic results, stick with Darcy’s weekly series for English pronunciation

Latest Episode

Voiceless stops – End

Published on 29 January 2017

Hi, I’m Darcy and welcome back to Real English.

Last week we talked about the voiceless stops – [p], [t], and [k] – and how they can be pronounced differently in different positions in the word.

This week, we’ll talk about how they’re pronounced at the end of a word. When these stops occur at the end of a word, they’re often unreleased which means there’s no puff of air after the sound. For example, instead of saying ‘cat’ (pronounced with a voiced ‘t’), I might say ‘cat’ (pronounced with a voiceless ‘t’).

To pronounce an unreleased sound, you put your tongue or lips in the position to make the sound but then just don’t release it.

Here are some example words with released and unreleased stops:
stop, flat, back.

There’s no tongue twister this week, but try to practice these sounds so you can pronounce them both ways.

Good luck and we’ll see you next Friday.

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Daily Practice

with Dr Ksenia Gnevsheva

Get going with 30 seconds of focused English practice 3x per week

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Jan

To become fluent, you have to use your English every day.  If you don’t have any English speaking friends, try www.conversationexchange.com!

19

Jan

Are you bored with your English practice?  Spice up your study routine by doing meaningful exercises: watch movies in English to improve your listening skills, get a native-speaking Skype friend to practice speaking and listening, read books and watch TV programs that interest you for their content. Learning English is fun! Check out https://www.futurelearn.com/ for some more great ideas for shaking up a boring study plan.

18

Jan

Public speaking can be quite challenging and nerve-wracking even for a native speaker. Here’s a great web-site to help you prepare for your next presentation: http://www.write-out-loud.com/

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