The Pronunciation Of The Letter “B” vs “P”
[su_dropcap style=”flat”]A[/su_dropcap]s you may already know. Most of the Consonants come in “Voiced” and “Un-Voiced” pairs, which is clearly explained in This Post Here. You probably also know that The Letter B is the first Consonant.
[su_dropcap style=”flat”]I[/su_dropcap]n the video below, the teacher explains that the Un-Voiced pair to The Letter B is The Letter P. And she has a great way of showing you the difference between the two. Not only in the sound, but what actually happens with the breath when speaking them.
(This post is the follow-up to a previous post about The Pronunciation Of The Letter A)
Okay, so the problem is not actually with The Long A Pronunciation – but is, in fact, in the world of English language instruction. And this problem is (from my experiential observation) that absolutely every text-book, almost all teachers, and virtually every organization which is set up to to teach the English language, lacks or suppresses the use of critical thinking – based upon experiential knowledge, and strengthened by actual observation, when it comes to the teaching of the English language.
This is not a new problem, but it certainly is a continuing problem. And as I have only become aware of this problem through my immersion in language teaching – meaning that I didn’t go to school to get a degree in English philology or linguistics or any other related degree – I don’t know if anyone in “higher” education even talks about this problem… (however I highly doubt it, as it seems that they prefer to avoid problems as much as possible… especially if it would mean that they would have to make some changes.)
There is not only one “Long A” sound… There are, in fact, three…
That’s right. There are three different ways to pronounce The Long A.
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Having decided that it is far past the time to start making posts about pronunciation, I figured that a good place to start is with the first letter of the alphabet…
(I Promise, No Click-Bait… Because That’s Not My Style)
First of all, who the F^ck cares!!! But now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I have to jump in to the argument because the fact that a lot of people REALLY DO CARE!!! is hilarious to me.
(And I like to make fun of people like that) 😉
In fact any time that people get really crazy about things that don’t matter at all, it makes me laugh. I say let’s give them some guns and knives and let them fight in out until there is only one left… Then we can tell that one person left that he or she is wrong – and joyously applaud as that person’s head explode.
(and if anyone can read this and STILL not understand, then we would all be better off if that person’s head actually DID explode… and this goes for the creator too… even though we thank him for giving us this wonderfully useful image format.)
Enough Said! At least I hope so. But if you still need more, you can…
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The pronunciation of the letter “Z” in The Common Tongue is /zee/ – /ziː/… Whereas, in European and Australian English, the letter “Z” is pronounced /zehd/ – /zɛɾ/…
Either one is perfectly fine to use, however is is quite possible for an American to get confused by this as… “Zed” is (or was) a man’s name.
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I couldn’t think of anything more creative, because I spent it all on the full post
This is another excellent video lesson which (as with the previous one about Stressed & Unstressed Syllables) I have recommend to nearly every student that I have ever had a lesson with.
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No, not that kind of “Stress”. I’m talking about the kind of stress that is put on the different vowels in words of the English language… (that is what this blog is about, after-all.)
However, if you want to see this awesome lesson, you will have to click that link below. Then just relax… you will comprehend everything soon. 😉
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This Post has been Updated, Re-Freshed, and Re-Posted from GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!…
Previously I haven’t been sharing the posts and pages from my main website GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! because that website (and all of it’s sub-domains) is focused more on the student and not on the teacher. And I was also afraid that that would come across as too “Spammy”. But the absurdity of that just struck me this morning.
If the tools that I give to the students there can be used by other teachers… by you who are reading this, then why the heck haven’t I been sharing?!?!?
The title above is a link to the original post about the pronunciation of the “TU” combination when it sounds like the “ch” combination.
I hope that it will be helpful, and I welcome any suggestions for other subjects that can help you in your teaching experience.