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English Jade Lesson Fourteen: /eɪ/ Vowel Pronunciation Practice

In this lesson I teach you word examples with the /eɪ/diphthong vowel sound in English. You will learn advanced vocabulary, spelling patterns and phrases that include the /eɪ/ sound in English.

Click the audio player link below to listen to this podcast lesson on the vowel sounds of English. Here are a few example words taken from the lesson:


face

eight

gate

quake

enrage

brain

Asia

weigh


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English Jade Lesson Thirteen: /ɪə/ Vowel Pronunciation Practice

In this lesson I teach you word examples with the /ɪə/ diphthong vowel sound in English. You will learn advanced vocabulary, spelling patterns and phrases that include the /ɪə/ sound in English.

Click the audio player link below to listen to this podcast lesson on the vowel sounds of English. Here are a few example words taken from the lesson:


ear

idea

appear

weary

fierce

bacteria

weird

eerie


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Speaking Skills: Too Busy to Improve Your Speech?

English Jade is a podcast of high level English training for non-native speaker professionals. In this episode I talk about a common problem when it comes to improving your accent and speaking skills: Finding the time to practice. If you struggle finding the time to practice your speaking skills, listen to this episode as I will share strategies that will make you use your time more effectively. These strategies work for everyone — No matter if you are the busiest person in the world! Remember: If your goal is to speak well, you have to do the practice it takes!

English Jade Lesson Twelve: /ɒ/ Vowel Pronunciation Practice

In this lesson I teach you word examples with the /ɒ/ sound in English. You will learn advanced vocabulary, spelling patterns and phrases that include the /ɒ/ sound in English.


Here are a few example words taken from the lesson:

often

bottom

gosh

dodge

jolly

possible

soggy

swan


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English Jade Lesson Eleven: Long ‘a’ /a:/ Pronunciation Practice

In this lesson I teach you word examples with the /a:/ sound (otherwise known as long ‘a’) in English. You will learn advanced vocabulary, spelling patterns and phrases that include the long ‘a’ sound in English.


Here are a few example words taken from the lesson:

heart

charge

harsh

cartoon

argument

basket

arthritis

barbeque


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The Importance of Your Word

English Jade is a podcast of high level English training for non-native speaker professionals. In this episode I talk about the concept of ‘keeping your word’ and how important this is regarding your effectiveness in life. Do you struggle working towards your life goals and often give up? Do you say that you will practice your English or speaking skills but then don’t get around to actually doing the work? I explain how this is connected to the concept of ‘keeping your word’.

English Jade Lesson Ten: /ʌ/ Vowel Pronunciation Practice

In this lesson I teach you word examples with the /ʌ/ sound in English. You will learn advanced vocabulary, spelling patterns and phrases that include the /ʌ/ sound in English.


Here are a few example words taken from the lesson:

chum

blush

blubber

stubborn

above

money

courage

flood


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English Jade Lesson Nine: Short ‘a’ /æ/ Pronunciation Practice

In this lesson I teach you word examples with the /æ/ sound (otherwise known as short ‘a’) in English. You will learn advanced vocabulary, spelling patterns and phrases that include the short ‘a’ sound in English.

Here are a few example words taken from the lesson:

chatty

hammock

maggot

ladder

cannon

channel

asterisk

alpaca


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How to Stay Motivated: Pronunciation Training

English Jade is a podcast of high level English training for non-native speaker professionals. In this podcast episode I talk about one of the common problems many of my students have, which is not being motivated to practice. When it comes to improving your speech and speaking skills, there is no way to cheat: You have to practice regularly. Therefore, if you aren’t practising, it means that you’re not improving. I share with you an example story from my own life which demonstrates the rewards you get in the longer-term from being motivated and consistently working towards your goals. 

English Jade Lesson Eight: /ɔː/ Sound

In this lesson I teach you word examples with the /ɔː/ sound in English. You will learn advanced vocabulary, spelling patterns and phrases that include the /ɔː/ phoneme in English. Note: This speaking skills training is for high-level professionals.

Here are a few example words taken from the lesson:

ordinary

bought

daughter

already

prawn

author

warn

leprechaun


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Are You King of the Foreigners?

In this podcast episode I talk about people who move to the UK for work but who only spend time socialising with other foreigners in the same situation as themselves. While this may be ’normal’ behaviour for the majority of people who move abroad to live and work in foreign countries, it does has its limitations in the long run. For example, it doesn’t give the people who do this the chance to speak and interact with many native speakers of English. Without social interaction with native speakers, a person’s speaking will never reach the highest of levels. So, if you don’t have enough native speaker contact in your life, what can you do about it?

English Jade Lesson Seven: Long ‘e’ /ɜ:/

In this lesson I teach you word examples with the /ɜː/ sound (otherwise known as long ‘e’). You will learn advanced vocabulary, spelling patterns and phrases that include the /ɜː/ phoneme in English.

Here are a few example words taken from the lesson:

germ

determine

hermit

earth

early

curve

nocturnal

circus


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Low Self Esteem and Your English Skills

Many non-native speakers settle for low level communication skills when they move to the UK for work. They often reach the point of acquiring ‘just enough’ speaking and communication skills to meet the minimum requirements of their jobs. However, their choice to settle means that daily communication and being understood is often a frustrating experience for them. In this episode I talk about the self esteem issues that are evident in people who settle for a low level speaking ability when they move to live and work in the UK.

English Jade Lesson Six: Short ‘e’ /e/

In this lesson I teach you word examples with the ‘e’ sound /e/ (otherwise known as short ‘e’) in English. You will learn advanced vocabulary, spelling patterns and phrases that include the short ‘e’ sound in English.

Here are a few example words taken from the lesson:

special

beggar

defence

leisure

bread

wealth

again

many


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Can’t Make Friends with Native Speakers

Are you a professional who has moved to the UK for work? Have you found it harder than you expected to get to know native speakers and to make friends here in the UK? Perhaps you even find it difficult to have any conversations at all in English, apart from the same old conversations with your colleagues. And that gets boring after a while. What’s the reason it’s so hard to make friends and to get to know native speakers? Could it be there’s something about you that just puts them off?