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English Jade Lesson Twenty Two: Schwa Weak Forms

Many words in English have two pronunciations. There is a stressed form of the word and an unstressed form of the word which is called the ‘weak form’. For example, the word ‘your’ is pronounced as /jɔː/ (stressed form) and as /jə/ (weak form).

Weak forms are often hard to hear in the sentence and it may seem as if the sound is ‘swallowed’. Native speakers use weak forms all the time in their natural speech, which makes them harder to understand than non-native speakers. Weak forms are also the reason native speakers appear to be speaking quickly, when in fact, often they are speaking at a normal tempo.

By learning the weak forms of words and then using them you can greatly improve the overall rhythm and flow of your speech in English.

Click the audio player link below to listen to this podcast lesson on how to pronounce the schwa weak forms. Here are a few example words taken from the lesson:


cat in a hat = /ˈkæ.tɪ.nə hæt/

Does he know him? = /ˈdʌz.i nəʊ hɪm/

Lend us some money = /ˈlen.dəs sʌm ˈmʌ.ni/

English Jade Lesson Twenty One: Schwa Noun Suffixes

In this lesson you will learn how to pronounce the schwa sound /ə/ in noun suffixes.

A suffix is a spelling pattern at the end of a word such as -acy, -ial, -ance, -ism.

A suffix is added to the root word. For example:

root word — happy

+ noun suffix — ness

= happiness (n) /ˈhæp.i.nəs/

Noun suffixes are unstressed and include a schwa sound. Non-native speakers often mispronounce noun suffixes by stressing them.

Click the audio player link below to listen to this podcast lesson on how to pronounce the schwa in noun suffixes. Here are a few example words taken from the lesson:


democracy (-acy noun suffix)

criminal (-al noun suffix)

avoidance (-ance noun suffix)

random (-dom noun suffix)

professor (-or noun suffix)

feminism (-ism noun suffix)

personality (-ity noun suffix)

improvement (-ment noun suffix)


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English Jade Lesson Twenty /eə/ Vowel Pronunciation Practice

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


air

bear

there

swear

despair

hairy

wary

mayor


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English Jade Lesson Nineteen /ʊə/ ‘Cure’ Vowel Pronunciation Practice

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


cure

during

Europe

mature

curious

purify

security

tour


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English Jade Lesson Eighteen /aɪ/ ‘Eye’ Vowel Pronunciation Practice

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


eye

might

child

wise

exercise

final

cyclops

thigh


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English Jade Lesson Seventeen /aʊ/ ‘House’ Vowel Pronunciation Practice

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


house

about

mouth

slouch

owl

fountain

towel

plough


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English Jade Lesson Sixteen: /əʊ/ ‘no’ Vowel Pronunciation Practice

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


no

most

yellow

won’t

code

wardrobe

loaf

social


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English Jade Lesson Fifteen: /ɔɪ/ ‘Boy’ Vowel Pronunciation Practice

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


boy

moist

android

loyal

decoy

employee

voyage

lawyer


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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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