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One of my oldies described a raccoon as a Washing Bear, and this, I think, should be universally adopted, although I suspect you were hoping for more grammatically cryptic suggestions...

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31 minutes ago, dessa_dangerous said:

I give up, what's "vious" meant to be?

 

 

just thinking of all the prefixes that are associated with it. it should be a word. that's all.

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On 4/30/2016, 12:03:51, dessa_dangerous said:

I give up, what's "vious" meant to be?

 

 

just thinking of all the prefixes that are associated with it. it should be a word. that's all.

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Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Fe0ffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.
Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!

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If you are looking for a short, well-spoken, hourly news update, check out NPR News Summary

 

A nice mix of topics that  can easliy lead to a discussion.

 

 

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Has anyone used the Ah Counter in class or presentation seminars? it looks like a slick app. Any similar apps you can recommend?

 

 

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"Ah" and "Uhm" counters are spinoffs fromToastmasters and are really only useful if you know exactly how your client speaks when presenting in their L1. So, if you are able to observe them speaking at length in their L1, they can be used for comparison. However, if the client normally hems and haws, it is better to refer them to a speech pathologist.

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Also inspired by watcing the US open...

 

When clients ask what 'advantage' means, I ask if they play tennis, usually soneone does, and get them to explain the ad in ad out idea.

When they ask about sustain or maintain, I use the idea of the piano pedals or cruise control.

 

 

 

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Is there a German equivalent of the sitcom spin-off like Frasier or...Joanie Loves Chachi?

 

I tried to explain using Die Katze, saying she was on Goodbye Deutschland and now she is...Daniella Katzenberger...but that is not really what I wanted...

 

 

 

 

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Does anyone else ever hand out word lists like this? any you care to share?

 

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On BULATS' regular and telc's online tests they have open cloze tasks. Given the variety of possible expression in the English language covering multiple dialects, does anyone feel success or failure at such tasks when only one answer is considered acceptable really expositive of the question of a student's capacity?

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6 hours ago, tor said:

A simple word list for describing change.

 

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Impressive list, Tor! I miss teaching English and using the thermometer drawing on the flip chart with degrees of this and that!

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