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Wadjasay? American English Pronunciation Practice

English, Education, 3 seasons, 176 episodes, 3 days, 4 hours, 11 minutes
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Lessons to help you understand and speak normal-speed American English.
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Consonant clusters with "R"

Send me a text message. Suggestions? Subjects for future podcasts? Let me know--thanks!Final consonant clusters with "r"What's a consonant cluster? Simple: take the "r" sound, combine it with another consonant like "d", as in the word "yard" and you have a small group or cluster of two consonants. In the sentences below you'll find words like these:  hard, guard, stirred, part, third, park, clerk, etc. Depending on your native language these may be easy to pronounce, or sometimes quite difficult.  (In another podcast we'll practice some of the longer, harder clusters. Can you say "desks" for example?)1- English is not so hard to learn.2- The guard watched us as we approached the door.3- My mother stirred the pot of soup.4- My brother gave me part of his sandwich.5- Please spell the third word in that sentence.6- She parked her car in the dark.7- I work as a clerk.8- Slurp is a verb.9- The horse ran around the race course.10- The nurse was carrying a purse.11- There are no cars on Mars.12- My cat purrs all the time.13- His dog snarled at me.14- I called her the ‘Girl with the pearl earrings.’15- Did you hear the alarm at the farm?16- I warned them of the approaching storm.17- She lives on a farm.18- He walked away from the accident unharmed.19- My friends got divorced last year.20- My first job was the worst.21- The horse was pulling a cart full of garbage.22- I like the girl with the curly hair.23- She poured out her heart to her sister.24- The world is warming.25- How much is that diamond worth?Intro & Outro Music: La Pompe Du Trompe by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com Support the Show.You can now support my podcasts and classes:Help Barry pay for podcast expenses--thank you!
5/12/202436 minutes, 52 seconds
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Water Worlds

One of the science podcasts I listen to regularly is Astronomy Cast hosted by Fraser Cain and Dr. Pamela Gay. In today’s lesson, you’ll hear a short excerpt from Episode 705: Water Worlds - Looking for Life Beyond Earth. First you’ll hear a clip from their podcast, and then I’ll break their speech into shorter fragments so you can listen and repeat. You’ll hear that Fraser Cain in particular speaks quite rapidly. It would be hard to repeat at his speed!1- Wherever we find liquid water on Earth, we find life.2- So it makes sense to search for water across the universe, and hopefully, we can find evidence of life.3- But what about worlds which are completely covered in water?4- Oceans, hundreds of kilometers deep. Can there be too much water?5- So this idea of water worlds, I mean, we learned everything we needed to know from that Kevin Costner movie, right?6- No, no, one of the things that I was thinking about preparing for this show 7- is just how magnificently wrong in pretty much every way that movie appears to have been, 8- except from a climate change perspective.9- And really, if you want one thing to be wrong, you want it to be the climate change part that's wrong.10- Yeah, but climate change causes sea levels to rise by a couple of hundred feet in the worst case scenario.Let's listen to the original podcast excerpt again.11- Right, no, that's true. It won't eat the entire planet. There will still be soil.12-  The coastlines will be roughly where they were, especially in places that are very mountainous.13- So it won't be hard where you're trying to find evidence of islands.14- No, no. But this idea of water worlds, we know they exist here in the solar system, and so we assume that they're out there.15- So give us sort of like an idea, what is the quintessential water world here in the solar system?You've listened to the original speakers, you've listened to me, and you've had a chance to listen and repeat. Now listen to the original one more time. Remember: you can't listen too much when you're studying a new language!Intro & Outro Music: La Pompe Du Trompe by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com Support the showYou can now support my podcasts and classes:Help Barry pay for podcast expenses--thank you!
4/18/202455 minutes, 14 seconds
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Mini-podcast: A tough course

Crazy English. We pronounce "ough" in too many ways...I thought microbiology was a tough course, but my professor was a thorough teacher. I studied hard throughout, and in the end I learned what he taught even though it was a challenge.1- I thought microbiology was a tough course…2…but my professor was a thorough teacher. 3- I studied hard throughout…4…and in the end I learned what he taught…5…even though it was a challenge.You did it! Good job.Intro & Outro Music: La Pompe Du Trompe by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com Support the showYou can now support my podcasts and classes:Help Barry pay for podcast expenses--thank you!
3/20/202414 minutes, 56 seconds
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What's in a word? - Pain

There are many collocations in English using the word “pain”. Here are a few to practice with.1) He immersed himself in the music and for a little while forgot the pain of losing his father.2) She took medications for a few days to ease the pain in her leg.3) It took me a long time to get over the pain of getting divorced.4) We shared both the joy and pain of raising our children.5) Her husband is a soldier. She knows the pain of separation. 6) Her addiction to drugs caused her family a lot of pain.7) I would like to spare you the pain of getting fired.8) He tried to conceal the pain in his foot.9) My boss is a huge pain in the neck. And HIS boss is a pain in the ass.10) Dr. Jones specializes in medications to manage pain. 11)  I have a high tolerance for pain.12) On a scale of one to ten, what is the level of your pain?13) A sharp pain shot up my arm.14) The pain increases when I try to lift something heavy.15) The pain goes away after I take a hot shower.16) She groaned with pain and pushed the baby out.17) I ignore the pain in my knees when I go for a walk.18) She wants to learn guitar so she puts up with sore fingers.19) My father was rushed to the hospital suffering from severe pains in his lower abdomen. 20) Sitting all day makes the pain in my back worse. 21) He stayed in bed all day with back pain.22)  The bee stings caused my sister extreme pain.23)  The soldier feels phantom pain in his missing leg.24) I have read that snow blindness can cause excruciating pain.25) The cause of my mother’s intermittent pain is a mystery.[I like DeepL for translations.]And a thank you to my supporters who help me pay the costs of running this podcast. Every penny helps! Buy me a coffee for a one-time donation or use the support link below:Intro & Outro Music: La Pompe Du Trompe by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com Support the showYou can now support my podcasts and classes:Help Barry pay for podcast expenses--thank you!
1/20/202441 minutes, 1 second
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Two tongue twisters with "L"

Here are two home-made tongue twisters featuring "L". Lazy Lucy left languid Larry lingering in Louisiana.Lucille’s lizard lives happily in her yellow bungalow.(Note to Turkish speakers: look in a mirror and say English words beginning in "L". If you see the tip of your tongue sticking out, you are articulating a Turkish "L" -- in American English, the tip of the tongue is on the roof of the mouth behind your teeth.)Intro & Outro Music: La Pompe Du Trompe by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com Support the showYou can now support my podcasts and classes:Help Barry pay for podcast expenses--thank you!
12/12/20238 minutes, 58 seconds
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Collocations with "book"

A reminder: collocations are words that are commonly used together by native speakers. For example “brand” and “new” are a collocation, as in “Look at my brand new car,” or “All her clothes are brand new.”Here are some collocations using the word “book”.1) Have you read her most recent book?2) I like to buy used hardcover books for my grandchildren.3) My uncle collects rare books.4) Did you read comic books when you were a kid?5) An encyclopedia is a kind of reference book.6) Oliver Twist is a book by Charles Dickens.7) It’s sad when great books go out of print.8) I have to take these books back to the library tomorrow.9) My sister is an artist. She illustrates childrens’ picture books.10) I couldn’t put that book down. It was too exciting!11) It’s very difficult to translate a book of poetry.12) My cousin is writing a book about the history of piracy13) She wrote a best-selling book which was made into a movie.14) I edit books for a living.Intro & Outro Music: La Pompe Du Trompe by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com Support the showYou can now support my podcasts and classes:Help Barry pay for podcast expenses--thank you!
10/20/202317 minutes, 36 seconds
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Even more practice with TH sounds

1. I want some earthworms for my birthday.2. There are three thieves in my bathroom.3. My brother has a theory about everything.4. He put toothpaste on a feather and brushed his teeth.5. Mother’s panther loves the bathtub.6. There are three thousand therapists in New York City.7. Would you prefer something for dinner or nothing?8. I wear thick clothing in the winter.9. Thankfully they stayed together during the marathon.10. Don’t try to breathe beneath the water.11. I took an oath to follow the path of truth and honesty.12. I put on a bathrobe and stood in front of the fire to thaw out.13. Do you have the strength to carry your father across the river?14. He was the ninth man to go south today.15. Whether you agree or not, there are those who will follow me, I think. 16. Therefore thirty of us will attach the giant thermometer to the thickest tree.17. Roses are thorny plants.18. My grandfather looks youthful.19. She has a sore throat and a bad cough.20. Thirty is more than thirteen, and thirteen is more than three.Note that in compound nouns, both words are stressed. Here are some examples:HandshakeCavemanSunburnToothbrushGoldfishDesktopRailroadBodyguardSailboatBirdhouseFirefighterIntro & Outro Music: La Pompe Du Trompe by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com Support the showYou can now support my podcasts and classes:Help Barry pay for podcast expenses--thank you!
9/16/202334 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Wreck of the Old 97

This podcast is about the song: "Wreck of the Old 97". On September 27, 1903, there was a terrible train wreck. The story was turned into a famous train song, and the recording by Vernon Dalhart was the first to sell one million copies in the US.Here's a link to a YouTube video which tells the story and shows old photos of the wreck:The Wreck of the Old 97 was recorded by many country artists. The story of the train wreck is told in the video linked above, and there is a performance by the story-teller at the end of the video.Here are some other performances. Note: these are all examples of "country music"--you might not like it!Boxcare WillieFlatt & ScruggsJohnny Cash  And here are the lyrics to use for pronunciation practice. Note that different artists change the lyrics so the ones below are just one of the versions.The Wreck Of The Old 97Well, they gave him his orders at Monroe, VirginiaSaying Steve you are way behind timeThis is not thirty eight, but it's old ninety sevenYou must put her into Danville on timeHe turned and said to his black greasy firemanJust shovel on a little more coalAnd when we cross the White Oak MountainYou can watch old ninety seven rollIt's a mighty rough road from lynchburg to DanvilleAnd a line on a three mile gradeIt was on this grade that he lost his air brakesYou can see what a jump he madeHe was going down the grade makin' ninety miles an hourWhen his whistle broke into a screamThey found him in the wreck with his hand on the throttleHe was scalded to death by the steamNow ladies, you must take warningFrom this time now and onNever speak harsh words to your true loving husbandHe may leave you and never returnAnd here is Vernon Dahlhart's million-selling recording from 1924.Intro & Outro Music: La Pompe Du Trompe by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com Support the showYou can now support my podcasts and classes:Help Barry pay for podcast expenses--thank you!
7/30/202325 minutes, 59 seconds