When to Use “Had Had”

When to Use “Had Had”

When French comedian Gad Elmaleh started learning English in 2016 to perform his standup act in New York, he found a lot to laugh about in the peculiarities of his new language – and using the verb “had had” was among them. In his live performance show, “American...

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February’s Pronunciation Practice: Silent Letters

February’s Pronunciation Practice: Silent Letters

PRONUNCIATION PRACTICE: SILENT LETTERS (r, l, and s) In honor of the silent “r” in February, this month’s words all have silent letters (r, l, and s). Watch below ⬇️⬇️ and see the  February = FEB-yu-ware-i Lincoln = LINK’n Talk = tawk Walk = wawk Could = cood (the...

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How to spell capital or capitol

How to spell capital or capitol

Today is Inauguration day 2021. The ceremony takes place in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., and the 46th president, Joe Biden, will be sworn in on the Capitol steps.  Which brings up the common confusion between the two words:  CAPITAL and CAPITOL The two...

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When Do I Use Lie vs Lay?

When Do I Use Lie vs Lay?

This may sound shocking, but there is no longer a distinction between “lie” and “lay.” Yes, there was a time -- 10, 20 or more years ago -- when using LIE or LAY showed the difference between good, standard English and “other.” But when the majority of native English...

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How to Say, “ASKED”

How to Say, “ASKED”

How to Say, ASKED Let me ASK you something: Is it possible to say the past tense form, ASKED (aSKT) with any degree of confidence or fluency? Of course not!  Even native speakers of English do not attempt the hard mash of the three consonant sounds, S+K+T. Instead,...

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Pronunciation Practice

Pronunciation Practice

PRONUNCIATION PRACTICE -- Everyday words often mispronounced. I will say them as students say them and then repeat the word with the correct sound. Let me know if you have questions on the pronunciation in the comments below! ⬇️ Pretty = PRIh-di (rhymes with “city”)...

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Exploring “Mind”

Exploring “Mind”

Your MIND is that place in your head where you think, feel, and want. Your body does the physical things – the mind does the mental things. We use “mind” as a noun and verb in a variety of common expressions that show care or concern about something. Here are three:...

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