Pronunciation Practice /ɔɪ/ and /aʊ/ Phonemes

The pronunciation exercise ‘Doyle The Owl’ is to train two main English phonemes (sounds). The sounds are foil /ɔɪ/ and foul /aʊ/. Both of these sounds are diphthongs and therefore can be tricky to pronounce for many non native speakers of English.

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/u:/ Pronunciation Practice: Ruth The Moose

Improve your British accent pronunciation by learning the vowel sounds of English. In this lesson you will learn the long /u:/ sound which we find in words such as ‘Ruth’ and ‘Moose.’

This pronunciation exercise is a practical accent training exercise from my Clear Up Your Accent pronunciation training course. For more information and to join CLICK HERE.

A moose named Ruth held herself aloof.
She considered herself quite superior
And looked down her rather longish nose
In cool […]

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Unusual Names for Girls (Hippy Names)

What are the unusual names for girls that may be chosen in the UK? Here’s a list of hippy and magical names for baby naming inspiration…


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35 Hippy and Magical Names for Girls’ UK:

Avalon
Agartha
Inanna
Isolde
Tatiana
Vesta
Ether
Luna
Selene
Sage
Sable
Althea
Aria
Astrid
Samsara
Gaia
Maia
Maya
Pandora
Sorrel
Genesis
Ambrosia
Tali
Jasper
Jet
Wren
Veda
Rowan
Oonagh
Arcadia
Lani
Enfys
Lemuria
Shaylee
Faylinn

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Most Populous Cities in The UK

What are the biggest cities in the UK? Find out the population size and learn how to pronounce the most populous cities in the United Kingdom…


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TOP TEN MOST POPULOUS CITIES (UK):

London
Manchester
Birmingham
Leeds & Bradford
Glasgow
Liverpool
Southampton & Portsmouth
Newcastle & Sunderland
Sheffield
Bristol
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I can’t say my name :| (advice)

What to do if you can’t say your own name…

Not being able to pronounce one’s own name can be a source of embarrassment or anxiety. I recommend getting informed and being prepared when it comes to saying one’s name. This is because avoiding ‘problem’ words will only lead to increased anxiety and avoidance of more and more words.

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Posh Boys’ Names (UK)

What first names are trendy and posh for boys in the UK? Find out posh boys names and learn IPA…


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Trendy Posh Boys’ Names UK

Badger
Felix
Cosmo
Jago
Zebedee
Noah
Isaac
Rafferty
Casper
Aeneas
Ossian
Marcus
Peregrine
Gideon
Ilan
Horatio
Tobias
Otis
Guy
Roland
Jacob
Benedict
Piers
Theo
Crispin


Do you know any posh boys’ names that are not on my list? Leave a comment below…

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What do British People Eat?

The most common foods eaten in Britain and their cost in 2014. To do the IPA pronunciation lesson that accompanies the video DOWNLOAD HERE.

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Typical groceries purchased in the UK 2014:

sliced white bread
doughnuts
frozen pizza
beef mince
ham
canned tuna
semi skimmed milk
mature cheddar
eggs
margarine
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Top 30 Pet Names UK 2014

Top Ten British pet names in 2014. To do the IPA pronunciation lesson that accompanies the video DOWNLOAD HERE.

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Most common names for cats and dogs UK 2014:

Bella
Poppy
Alfie
Charlie
Lola
Bailey
Buddy
Milo
Ruby
Daisy
Max
Teddy
Oscar
Rosie
Molly
Dexter
Archie
Marley
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Top 10 British Girls Names Past and Present

Top Ten British girls names and their meanings past and present. To do the IPA pronunciation lesson that accompanies the video DOWNLOAD HERE.

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2014 Top 10 British Girls’ Names
Sophia
Emily
Lily
Olivia
Amelia
Isla
Isabella
Ava
Sophie
Chloe

1994 Top 10 Girls’ Names
Emma
Emily
Sophie
Amy
Jessica
Hannah
Charlotte
Jade
Rebecca
Lauren

1954 Top 10 Girls’ Names
Jane
Elizabeth
Ann
Carol
Patricia
Janet
Margaret
Christine
Linda
Susan

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Top 30 British Surnames and Their Meanings

Most Common Surnames in Britain and their pronunciation…

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Most Common British Surnames 2014

1 Smith
2 Jones
3 Taylor
4 Williams
5 Brown
6 Davies
7 Evans
8 Wilson
9 Thomas
10 Roberts
11 Johnson
12 Lewis
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Exercises to Reduce a Lisp

Lisping is /s/ and /z/ sounds are not said clearly. Here’s are some speech training exercises for your lisp…

A lisp occurs when the tongue is either too far forward or too low when making the /s/ or /z/ sounds. Sometimes a person’s lispy /s/ sounds more like a /th/. For others, the lisp sound made when speaking is wet because of the tongue being placed low behind the bottom teeth.

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British Accent Pack – Free Download

Are you interested to learn a British accent? Here’s everything you need to know about developing a natural British accent…

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  • What British accent should you learn?
  • Watch video examples of British accents
  • Celebrity accents: what accents do famous British people have?
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How to Pronounce ‘Udemy’

When I first heard about the video course website Udemy, I thought the concept was a great idea. However, I didn’t think the name of the website was so great, as I had no idea how it should be pronounced. Udewhaat? Here’s how to pronounce it in phonemic transcription…

Udemy = /’juːdəmiː/

Still don’t get it? The ‘U’ has a long sound and holds the stress…

YOU-de-mi

Still don’t get it? The first sound is the same as in ‘YouTube’ (you know, the […]

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Mumbling When You Talk? What To Do About It…

Are you a mumbler? Some basics about shy speech…


One of the reasons for shy speech or mumbling has to do with not feeling comfortable about one’s mouth area. If we feel self-conscious about this area, it limits our self-expression. When we get the basics right regarding the mask area of the face, we feel more comfortable to express ourselves.

 

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Received Pronunciation and Politics in Britain

In the British political landscape, accent matters! You’ve either got to be posh or mockney to make it…

The way we speak is constantly evolving. As time passes, it is normal to observe a person’s speaking pattern change in terms of accent and vocabulary. In this video I talk about how British politics influences the way people speak English in their daily lives. This video was filmed soon after the relection of the Conservative Party […]

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