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24 août 2009 1 24 /08 /août /2009 21:35
Listen to IRREGULAR VERBS forms   <<<
with these flash cards
  
Click their French translation first, make sure you know
their infinitive, preterite & past participle forms.
Then, check their spelling and finally listen to them.


These flash cards were created by Shtooka,
a project that shares this resource under the BY CC-license.



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23 août 2009 7 23 /08 /août /2009 16:08


Four days ago,
   a "thinking ship" launching an S.O.S. 
showed you pronunciation is really essential to understand each another :o)


Now... a little training : the BBC learningenglish site proposes many exercises & quizzes
to help you learn & practise pronunciation.

 First, download  this   worksheet  < < < click !
      and print it. 
    

 Secondly, listen to this  mp3   audio file    < < < click !
      It will help you to complete questions 3 - 4 - 8 and 9
                                                                                                          You will find the answers in the end of the  document.
                                                                                                        Use them just to check your answer, because remember...
                                          cheating is no fun :-(
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Last, but not least.... I'd really like to thank my colleague, Mr RAYNAL, for reminding me of the wonderful
BBC pronunciation practising and learning links :o)


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21 août 2009 5 21 /08 /août /2009 16:04

Symphony in slang" was created by Tex Avery in 1951. This 6'43" cartoon includes a great deal of idioms : you will surely recognize some of them !
  At the beginning of the cartoon, a man has just arrived at Heavens' Gates. He speaks a weird language that Saint Peter hardly understands. For instance, he claims that he "was born with a silver spoon in his mouth"!


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 slang = a very informal language, rather spoken than written, used especially by particular groups of people ; ex : "guy" is a slang word for "man".
weird = strange / bizarre / odd

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19 août 2009 3 19 /08 /août /2009 17:39


You can't imagine how important pronunciation may be... !

Some French may find the English 'th' sound difficult to pronounce, for instance.
Well... the video advert below shows that some Germans find it difficult too.

 



"We are THinking"  is a far cry from  "We are Sinking" :
one single sound misunderstood may lead to disastrous mistakes !
I THink this advert does show you how important a good pronunciation is,

and phonetics help  ;o)
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                                                                   sink
(V) = er... honestly, you should know what it means  -it's an irregular verb !!
                                                                       All right : to those who don't remember : (to)  'sink' means... click here !    < < <  
                                                                  be a far cry from (sthing / sbdy) = be completely different from (sthing / sbdy)



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                                                    (1)            
                                                                      Sometimes...
                    we really don't know how to pronounce an unknown English word !


 > > > 
"PRONOUNCE" is an interesting "add-on" (= a tool you can add onto Firefox)
which gets you to hear the word pronunciation :

> select the unknown word
> right-click
> click 'Pronounce'...  

                         ... thanks to Firefox (and services on the Merriam-Webster site),
                                                      now you can hear it  :o)
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