Word of the Week: The
This week's word of the week is the. This word is usually pronounced /ðə/, with voiced th and vowel schwa. When the next word starts with a vowel, the is pronounced /ði/, with voiced th and vowel ee. So we say "thuh man, thuh client" but "thee email, thee airport."
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Word of the Week: Wasn't
This week's word of the week is wasn't.
Culture: Americans almost always use wasn't rather than was not. If you say was not, it won't sound like typical American speech. It might even sound argumentative or angry to American listeners.
Pronunciation: Make sure you use a /z/ sound in this word.
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Word of the Week: OF
This week's word is one of the most frequently used words in English: of.
The most common error pattern for this word is using and "f" sound instead of a "v" sound. The easiest way to change this error is to start by saying of it and of a, making sure to use a V sound. It should sound like "uhvit" and "uhvuh."
Try these phrases:
heard of it
think of a
of a time
of a name
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Top Ten Words
Practicing the correct pronunciation for the most frequently used words in English is a great way to make a significant change in your speech. Here are the 10 most frequently used words in English. Try the words by themselves, then make up a sentence using the word. Can you use the correct pronunciation when you imitate the word? How about in your own sentence?
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