Hi guys my name is Fanni. Welcome to this series on communication problems.
And in this video, I'm gonna talk to you about the importance of pronunciation in English.
Especially the difference between long sounds and short sounds.
Why? Because in English there are a lot of words that are almost the same except
that one has a long sound one has a short sound.
And they have completely different meaning.
...you know... depending on the length of the sound.
So let me just give you a simple example.
If you say, "beach".
You know what a beach is right?
You go on holiday. You like going to the beach.
And does not have the same meaning as b!tch.
And you know forgive me for saying the word but and...
It doesn't have the same meaning.
And it's actually a very rude word, so you should be very careful.
And... I have a story about that which is quite funny.
It wasn't funny at the time but now it's funny actually.
And when I taught English in France,
I had a student once in my classroom,
And you know I was explaining ..ummm.. I think you know some grammar or something
And he was clearly distracted.
So I got really angry and I said, "Hey! What are you doing?"
And he said, "Oh oh madam I'm sorry. I'm sorry I'm searching my sh!t."
Umm... so two mistakes.
First mistake - he forgot the preposition 'for'.
Ok. So 'search for'.
But that's ok.
I understand that.
But he said, "sh!t".
And he actually meant 'sheet'.
- for you know a piece of paper.
I didn't get it. And I got really angry, you know.
And he didn't understand why I was getting angry.
And I said, "You can't say that word," you know.
And what does he even mean? "Searching your sh!t."
I mean that's getting really weird.
And and so then he understand he was like, "No, no, no."
I mean, you know, he showed me a piece of paper.
As I said, "That's not 'sh!t', that's 'sheet'. Okay.
So yeah I think he got really stressed out because he didn't know why I was getting angry.
And I didn't know what he was talking about.
So I think you should really - you should be careful.
Because you know, - long sound, short sound -
It's sometimes it's a different word with a completely different meaning.
And if the word that you're saying is rude, is rude, then, you know, it's quite annoying.
So just be careful, okay?
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