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so today we have an ask ETJ birthday

special i'll be answering some of your

questions about british pronunciation

there will also be a few questions in

there about me because it's my birthday

and i'm going to be selfish so hello

everybody this is Elliott from ETJ

English I thought I'd change things a

little bit I'm standing today yes I

decided to stop being lazy stop sitting

on my bottom when I make these videos

get a bit of exercise by standing up in

this lesson so I hope you don't mind

if you don't like the standing let me

know in the comments so that's right if

you're watching this video on the day

it's released which is Saturday the 15th

of June 2019 then it's my birthday thank

you yes thank you thank you anyway

enough about the birthday stuff you guys

know how this goes our ski TJ I usually

post a picture on Instagram and you guys

comment on it telling me what you want

me to answer what questions you want me

to answer and we're going to start with

a pronunciation question and that

question is the difference between

wonder and wander wander wander now lots

of people already know the difference

between these two words

one word to wonder means oh I wonder

when you think about something or

contemplate something you wonder about

it okay we even say I wonder when we're

not sure about something however the

word wander to go for a wander might

mean just to go for a slight stroll a

small walk okay and then we have these

two different vowel sounds which make

the difference between the two words

wonder uh wander or now the second sound

or is one of the most British sounds you

can get it's such a British sound and it

really does separate us from the

Americans it's in words like not hot pot

really really special sound for British

English and I want you to make sure that

you can pronounce this correct

Oh now if you need detailed explanations

of how to pronounce all of the vowel

sounds then that's where you can join my

pronunciation course but just to give

you a very kind of brief review of how

we pronounce this sound we create a

round shape with the mouth okay kind of

round it it's almost for me I have quite

a fishy mouth a big mouth so I kind of

go round and a little bit vertical oh oh

oh okay so I'm creating this kind of

lift with my tongue and the sound rolls

through it's a short vowel sounds

okay so wonder what what one wonder and

the other sound is a wonder okay this is

in words like nut Hut but so if we were

comparing the two sounds we have nut and

not for example uh-uh-uh-uh-uh

so just to answer your question one more

time wonder wonder two very similar

vowel sounds as I said you can learn the

real specifics in my course if you

really want to next so this is an

interesting question

Elliot what do you think of the royal

family well and that will be most

British people's answer we don't really

care next this is a good one so in the

cockney accent okay lots of people

pronounce the th sound as so for example

words like think a cockney might

pronounce as think okay they put the top

teeth on the bottom lip think now I have

mixed emotions about this I'm very happy

of my country and its heritage so I

enjoy it when I hear a cockney accent

use this but when you're a pronunciation

teacher and you teach RP like I do

myself there becomes this difficulty

because a lot of my students really love

the cockney accent one of the most

common mistakes that students make is

they can't pronounce the th sound so

lots of you listening right now probably

have a problem with

putting your tongue between your teeth

every time you pronounce the th sound

right and companies don't do it and also

other areas of the UK some people would

say think instead of think but the thing

I have to tell you is as a non-native

it's going to keep making you sound like

a non-native if you do this so I know

you might really like the cockney accent

but doing this is going to make you

sound more like a non-native because

it's a very common non-native mistake to

not pronounce the th sound in its true

form in the kind of RP form or general

English form next this is one which I

get asked about a lot I have a whole

lesson comparing these two sounds in my

course and it's about the difference

between air and a net and mat or set and

sat is actually very very simple but

quite difficult to execute okay what we

need to do is execute the difference

between a and F so we're not saying net

instead of mass for the AK sound tongue

down in the bottom of the mouth ah mouth

open nice and wide

the tongue is pushing down into the

bottom which should make the chin go

down ah okay ah no the other sound is

air also like in Eliot right ah so this

is a bit of a different sound

we're actually lifting the tongue a

little bit more now the tongue should be

kind of near the front of the mouth and

in the middle okay so not at the top not

at the bottom we're in the middle of the

mouth at and we slightly spread the lips

as you can see so ah ah met Matt Matt

met ah

practice moving that tongue up for the

air down for the app practice seeing

your mouth move into different positions

next good question Elliot what are you

doing for your birthday I'll be with my

family having a barbecue most probably

judging by the forecast in the rain and

having a great time and hopefully

one has listened to me and bought me the

new Liverpool t-shirt as a birthday


we'll see you'll find out on Instagram

next studio studio tune - student

student YouTube YouTube now both are

British both ways of saying all those

words and there are others when we have

this to sound a lot of British people

will pronounce it as qu now I've talked

about this in analyst in previously so I

won't go into detail too much but there

are two ways essentially and both of

them are British now the old-fashioned

British way is pronouncing all of those

consonants together and creating this to

sound so for example the word tune which

is how I prefer to pronounce it

lots of old-fashioned people and very

posh people will pronounce it as tune

tear tune tune so we're doing a tap a

year and a new - like Tuesday right now

I'm not a big fan of pronouncing it like

this and I teach modern British English

so the things you'll hear the most in

daily life and it's not that and the

most common way is a chat sound it's

easier you'll sound British so who cares

tune student Shh student okay

YouTube YouTube next now this is a good

one because I've been thinking about

this recently not because I want to

change my job but somebody asked me if

you ever chose a different career what

would it be

now I wouldn't change my job as a

pronunciation teacher pronunciation is

my first love it's my one true love

I love teaching it I love the students I

teach and everyone who joins my course

has a great time with me because it's

just fun I like to make it fun but I was

thinking the other day about maybe

expanding things a little bit now I'm a

busy guy but I do have time in the week

for maybe starting a second channel or

maybe starting a podcast now here's the

thing I've been thinking

so I love gaming right I'm a bit of a

nerd and I kind of have like maybe one

day free in the week where I could spend

an hour or two streaming

okay so live streaming myself playing

games listening practice for you guys

now if I don't do this then I would make

a podcast okay now if I made a podcast

it would probably be me complaining

about lots of things talking about

controversial topics and again it would

just be a listening practice for you

which one would you prefer write in the

comments below and I will create

whatever it is this month next we have

another good question pronunciation

how do you pronounce interesting well

there you go

interesting now it's funny because some

people pronounce it as interesting with

an air sound if you go on to Cambridge

dictionary website you will see that it

is pronounced with a schwa sound in

trusting interesting interesting now

that only sounds good when you talk fast

and this is the thing with the schwa

sound it's designed to be said fast so

it makes words faster it makes sentences

faster so only use the schwa sound if

you're going to use it fast like I

wouldn't say ah that's very interesting

I wouldn't say that I would say oh

that's very interesting interesting

but if I were to speak a little bit

faster I would say oh that's very

interesting interesting and that air is

becoming an ash wand and this shows that

the schwa sound

can appear out of nowhere it's like a

ninja right it will just appear and it

will attack a vowel and it will replace

it for example the word about we have

this up about aa bout and that's what's

happening right I don't I don't really

know what that was but it just came to

my mind and I thought you know I I don't

know I'm sorry

now I just want to quickly go back to

that word interesting and I'm going to

talk about a few other words where this


where we kind of lose the sound right we

call this a lesion in words so for

example Library we don't say library we

usually say library dictionary I don't

say dictionary

I say dictionary dictionary so it

happens a lot in words and again the

problem with British English is and this

is a real problem for my students and

that's why they love having me on

whatsapp to send voice messages and

questions to whenever they want even on

my birthday

there are aren't always written rules in

English we have guidelines we have ideas

particularly with intonation but also

with words you know it's hard to know

when we pronounce a word with a long

vowel or with a short vowel or why we

use this vowel sound in this word and

not this vowel sound it's confusing and

most of it is from correcting yourself

or being corrected by a teacher making

those mistakes and I say this all the

time just be around the language and

listen to it and the more you listen to

it the more you're going to pick things

up so that's it

that's June's ask ETJ birthday special I

hope you enjoyed it I certainly had a

great time I'm gonna go and eat some

birthday cake now thank you in advance

for all the birthday messages you'll be

writing below because I know you're

going to be writing them even in the in

December you'll probably still be saying

happy birthday so thank you very much

guys I love you all you're great I'll

speak to you soon and remember if you

want to join my British pronunciation

course and get yourself a new accent go

to etj English comm and we can work

together to make your accent perfect

thank you very much for watching I will

see you next time cheers guys




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