English Pronunciation Practice with Blended Consonants
This Thursday podcast lesson is the short lesson we also provide a longer Monday English podcast which you can find here.
It is important to practice speaking English. So this weeks podcast English lesson is designed to help you with English pronunciation practice. Adept English has put together some fun, but tricky sentences, for you to practice pronouncing.
In this weeks lesson we have spent time getting a lot of different problem words crammed into a small number of sentences. You will find you are getting a lot of practice with a lot of difficult English words. In as few sentences as possible.
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So today, what shall we do? Well, I thought that it might be good to give you some pronunciation practice. This is one of the things which we do on Course One – and although it might not immediately feel as though it’s making a difference, it does make a difference! It starts to move your learning across to the part of your brain which you use for speaking.
So you listen, then you have to speak – a different part of your brain is getting exercised. I’m also going to choose some words which you may find difficult to pronounce in English.
It is important that your pronunciation exercises come with audio
So here are some sentences which I’ll say and then I’ll leave a gap long enough, I hope, for you to repeat the sentence back to me. I’ll do each one several times, then you’ve chance to improve if it’s difficult.
The words I’m focusing on today all have lots of consonants together. These are known as ‘blended consonants’ and if you’re not used to ‘blended consonants’, then these words can be quite difficult to day.
It’s when you have lots of consonant sounds stuck together – like in the English word strike, for example. The word starts with an S, then a T, then an R to make a STR- sound. Strike.
You may find these easy to say – or they may be difficult for you. In either case, good practice for you to repeat some sentences! Practise these until you can make them flow, make them fluent.
They’re a little bit like tongue twisters – but only really so that you can practise particular blended consonants. They’re not proper tongue twisters.
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Here Are Some pronunciation practice sentences
I’ll repeat each one three times and leave space for you to speak. The first one gets you to practise a SPL- sound.
- He did the splits and made a splendid splash in the swimming pool.
And now THR- sounds.
- He thrived on thrills and was a complete heartthrob throughout his three years at Portsmouth University.
(I don’t know who this person is, he sounds entertaining. But do you notice that the name Portsmouth has blended consonants? It’s quite common in placenames to have lots of consonants grouped together in the middle, so let’s do it again.)
And now STR- sounds.
- It took all his strength to walk down the street, more of a struggle than a stroll.
And now a sentence with all sorts of blended consonant words.
- She was a strong contender, a player with a brilliant strategy, but she lost three straight sets and went out of the tennis tournament.
OK, that’s probably enough to be going on with. Practise those until you can say them more easily. And don’t forget this week’s discount code, which is available to the first 25 people to use - is BANANAS156.
Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.
Having a lot of words which are difficult to pronounce, all in one small compact lesson, is super useful. If you listen to this weeks English language lesson. You can practice an lot of English language pronunciation in a relative small number of sentences.
As always we recommend that you listen to the audio many times. Until you understand all of what is being spoken. The repeat listening is what will train your brain to recognise when you are making mistakes in your own pronunciation which is the first step to being able to correct mistakes and improve your British accent and word pronunciation.
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