In this episode: British and American English pronunciation differences
Listener Feedback from Elisa, Finland:
I hope you are both well!
Really interesting topic and you gave us many fantastic tips and examples. Thanks. (How to start a conversation and make small talk – inglespodcast.com/77)
And I’ll attempt to remember not trying (to try) to brake the ice by saying ” Hi, nice day for it 😉 Sorry, but have I met you before? ” It definitely would be skating on thin ice 😉
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Email from Ainhoa
What does TO FIGURE OUT mean?
To ‘figure it out’ means to “solve or discover the cause of a problem.”
In British English, I would say ‘work it out” Example: “Don’t worry about lunch tomorrow when your family comes to visit. We’ll figure it out/work it out. We can get a Chinese takeaway.”
“Why are we paying so much money for the electricity bill? I can’t figure it out!” (to figure out = resolver, solucionar)
Hi Reza and Craig,
Congratulations for your great job (on your great work)! you’ve found the perfect combination of learning English and entertainment; I really love your podcasts.
I have pronunciation doubts about the words “tomatoes” and “potatoes” because I’ve heard different ways of pronunciation of both words, which is the correct one?.
Finally, I send you (I’m sending you) a proverb in English that I’ve learned in English class when I was at school, it says: “It takes two to make a quarrel”.
Thank you again and please, keep on podcasting,
(It takes two to tango – this cannot happen without more than one person)
– When you want to emphasize that both people involved in a difficult situation must accept the blame.
“My friends are getting a divorce and there’s a really bad atmosphere between them. It takes two to tango.
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We spoke about British American English in Episode 16
Vitamin – VIT-a-min (UK); VITE-a-min (US)
Aluminium – al-loo-MIN-ee-um (UK); al-LOO-min-um (US)
Privacy – PRIV-a-see (UK); PRIAV-a-see (US)
schedule – SHED-ual (UK); SKED-ual (US)
Garage – GARE-idge (UK); ga-RAHJ (US)
Advertisement – ad-VERT-iz-ment (UK); AD-ver-tize-ment (US) Brits often shorten this to ADVERT
(Change in stress sometimes: GARE-idge (UK); ga-RAHJ (US), ad-VERT-iz-ment (UK); AD-ver-tize-ment (US), BA-llet (US); baLLET (US), AD-ult (UK); ad-ULT (US)
Herb – HERB (UK); ERB (US)
Oregano – o-re-GA-no (UK); o-RE-ga-no (US)
Water – WAH-ta (UK); WODDER (US) – ‘T’ in the middle of the word sounds like a ‘D’ in American English: better, writing, bottom
The ‘R’ sound at the end of words is stronger in American English: water, mother, teacher, bar, were, chair etc
Sometimes, the letter ‘A’ is pronounced differently: class, after, example, laugh, can’t
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English. We want you to practise your pronunciation. Go to https://www.speakpipe.com/inglespodcast and record the list of words in this episode.
It can be in American English or British English pronunciation – or both. We don’t mind, as long as you practise your speaking.
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On next week’s episode: Reza and Craig’s Christmas Special
The music in this podcast is by Pitx. The track is called ‘See You Later’