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Today we're gonna learn how to say two very similar sounding verbs, walk and

work, and we're gonna learn right now!

It's very common for English learners to confuse these two very similar sounding

verbs, walk and work. First I'm going to show you a very simple method to help

you learn how to say these verbs, and after that we'll take a look at a more

detailed explanation. A very simple method is to study words that rhyme with

them. Walk rhymes with talk, and work rhymes with perk. Walk talk, work perk.

Walk and work are what we call minimal pairs, which means they almost sound the

same except one sound. They both start with the W consonant and end on the K

consonant. It's the long vowel sound in between these letters that we need to

focus on. In the word walk, the letters A and L are replaced by the long vowel

sound, which is represented by this IPA symbol. It's the same long vowel sound

that we hear in words like law and port, and it's the same sound that we make for

the word 'Or', which is a conjunction used to link alternatives.

Would you like a cup of tea or coffee?

So put the sounds together.

W al k, w al k, walk. I walk to work I am walking to work I walked to work.

In the verb work the letters 'OR' will be replaced by the long vowel sound

represented by this IPA symbol. It's a long vowel sound that we hear in words

like 'word' and 'bird' and it's the same sound that we make for the word 'er',

which is a way to express hesitation.

Would you like a cup of tea? Er, yes thank you.

So put the sounds together and we have w or k, w or k, work, work.

Today I work. I am working today. I worked today.

So if you'd like to learn how you can work on improving your spoken English,

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