Idiom of the day: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

Idioms are like the icing on the cake and slipping one in a conversation will  make you sound more fluent

 

Here’s the pick of the day :

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It means that it is better to have an opportunity that is certain than having one that is worth more but is not so certain..

Example:

We might get a better offer, but a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

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Thuh and Thee…

In a previous post, I mentionned the pronounciation of the “TH” sound

 

Today’s post is about saying “THE” correctly, in order to sound FLUENT

 

Normally, we pronounce “THE” with a SHORT sound (“thuh“)

Like: Mind thuh gap

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But when “THE” comes before a vowel SOUND ( not necessarily a vowel), we pronounce it as a LONG sounding “thee“, and we link it to the next word with a “Y” sound

Examples:

“The apple” is actually pronounced: thee y-apple
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And “the umbrella” is  pronounced: thee y-umbrella

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Remember, it is the SOUND that matters, not the letter used in writing a word

 

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Idiom of the day: Butterflies in your stomach

Butterflies in my stomach” is  a good idiom, as it means “feeling scared”, which is quite to the point in this page…

Do you ever feel SCARED of the mere idea of PUBLIC SPEAKING, even in your own language ?

Not to mention a FOREIGN one…

Go on….be honest

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Luckily, there’s help out there:

I’ll teach you Signpost language

It will help you immensely to keep those butterflies at bay and boost your confidence as well as credibility

Find out more in this English elocution coaching website in the “My Method” and “Extra Tools” sections

 

 

 

 

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The Idiom of the day: Two heads are better than one

Idioms are like the icing on the cake and will really make you sound fluent

 

Here’s the pick of the day :

Two heads are better than one

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Example:

-Hi, would you mind helping me with this presentation? Two heads are better than one…

Meaning:

Two people working together will have a better chance of solving a problem than one person working individually

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Just listen to the music of the English language

Here’s a good tip.

When you’re at home, in your car, on the tube or in the train, listen to the radio, the English radio.

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Like BBC world service or Radio 4 online

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/bbc_world_service

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/bbc_radio_four

You might not understand everything,  but that doesn’t really matter at this stage

What matters is that your ears get attuned to the music of the English language

And once your ears get attuned to particular sounds, they’ll be able to recognise them, making it easier for you to then imitate them

You’ll get more and more familiar with word and sentence stress,  rhythm and emphasis of this beautifully singing language

Remember, language is mostly about sound

 

 

 

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The tongue-twister of the day

Tongue-twisters are like a little poems made of words which look and sound similar

They’re not always easy to pronounce quickly and correctly

Yet practising  tongue-twisters is an excellent elocution exercise, and a fun way to losen your tongue

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Try this one, nice and slow to begin with, then pick up the pace.

And don’t worry, even native English speakers find tongue-twisters difficult to say quickly…
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked? Peppers

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