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Practice English Speaking&Listening with: English Pronunciation: How to say through, thought, tough, though, cough, caught, laugh

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hello everybody my name is Steve Ford welcome to your English lesson today I

have a great pronunciation lesson for so many people who have difficulties with

certain words and I hope that this lesson will be fun and that you will be

able to practice pronouncing these words so that you will never ever again forget

how to pronounce them are you ready let's go my first question for you is

why is English pronunciation so difficult we know that it is difficult

and I know from personal experience it doesn't matter where you are from I

teach people from all over the world and it's the one thing that a lot of them

say that American pronunciation British pronunciation if you want to get that

exact pronunciation like a native speaker it can take many years for some

of the lucky few it comes easily probably you have asked that question

and the first one this is a big one for me maybe you haven't thought about it

maybe you have is that spelling does not correspond with pronunciation that's a

big one for the English language and I'm sure

that you know it it's like why do we pronounce it this way and spell it a

completely different way some people may be mixing British and American

pronunciation does that or has that happened to you it's common a lot of

people they started studying British English maybe a lot of their first

teachers we're trying to teach them a good traditional British pronunciation

and then after maybe you started watching American TV series maybe you

started to get some teachers that spoke with an American accent and it all mixes

together third one is that some people may be mixing pronunciation of English

with their first language so that can happen so sometimes the pronunciation

that you're using isn't coming from American English it's not coming from

finishing British English it's coming from your own language and

the way that you would say it in your own language that can happen too so

those are some things that I would like you to think about there are many other

reasons many other explanations about why pronunciation English pronunciation

can be so difficult I don't have too much time today and I don't want to bore

you with all the technical explanations for me doing is much more important and

practicing so we're going to be doing lots of that today last one that I

wanted to say is maybe that nobody corrected your mistakes and now it's

harder to fix your pronunciation this is something that happens to a lot of

people so you start pronouncing a word incorrectly and you're using it all the

time and nobody corrected you nobody said anything they thought that was good

enough and that becomes your English and incorrect English so is it possible to

break those bad habits yes yes it is and yes we can we can fix your English I

wanted to give you one example before I go into my lesson this was a story that

they were teaching the wrong pronunciation so here we have it that's

what it is and then here I want you to see we have all these sweets we have

chocolate bars and candy a lot of sweets now I remember that some students told

me that their teacher taught them that this here was sweet case sweet case

that's not a sweet case this is a sweet case something to hold sweets this is a

suit case so one little difference in the vowel sound the pronunciation and it

totally can change the meaning that's a true story so it's not sweet case it's

suit case and my question for you this is for people who are watching the video

live it's also for people who are watching a recording of this lesson

please post your comments below this lesson

which words are the most difficult for you to say I already know but I'm just

curious to hear it from you directly as we say to get it straight from the

horse's mouth relax and listen to the words according to each sound are you

ready let's go a 1 2 3 oh no although we're oh oh yeah ah God

daughter what ah ah ah laughs draft okay so we

finally made it through though although burro in case you don't know burro is

like is an old word for neighborhood there's a neighborhood in Toronto in my

city my hometown there's also a city or a borough in the UK called Scarborough

anyway that's oh oh and the next sound that we have is ah caught daughter but

aught COFF all of those have the same sound ah you want to open your mouth

more ah then we have ooh look at the formation of my lips here so we say

through and also aah laughs draft that those two last words laughs is a big

surprise for a lot of people also draft draft is a way of serving beer draft

beer also called beer on tap you will see more clearly in a second and what

we're going to do now is I'm going to show you these sounds in the context of

a dialogue and I would like you to practice these

after with yourself or with somebody else hi what can I get you

I'll have the sushi how fresh is the fish our sushi is made with fresh cut

salmon do you think two orders would be enough

for us three yeah for sure so two orders of sushi huh do you have any kinds of

draft beer we have stella artois Heineken and Guinness on tap well it's

it's a tough choice but since my buddy over there is driving

cough-cough wait what I thought you were the designated driver tonight bro don't

make me laugh I've been the designated driver all year

I'll have a Guinness on tap okay I love a coffee even though I was designated

driver two weeks ago that's the dialogue everybody very quick it incorporated a

lot of the ough words that we were listening to in the practice so what I

recommend that you do is try to find words that sound similar so that you can

group them together as I have and you can listen to this video again also you

can try and practice the dialogue so that you can get the exact pronunciation

of these words next week I will be working on the R sound in American

English and how certain combinations can vary and how certain combinations can be

very challenging for non-native speakers I hope that you enjoyed this lesson and

practicing these difficult words words that a lot of people find so impossible

to say in the context of a dialogue in music

I will be on this YouTube live my international channel next week next

Sunday hopefully a little earlier I tried to be here every week and for

those who are following me you know that I always am I do have a few spots left

for private lessons if you need English lessons you can contact me either on

whatsapp or on my contact page and I hope to see you in our next English

lesson bye everybody

The Description of English Pronunciation: How to say through, thought, tough, though, cough, caught, laugh