710 – The Tiny W

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Here are some of the example sentences from this episode. To see all of them and to get the details of this English lesson, you need to listen to the podcast or join my Podcast Learner’s Group for the transcript, live group lessons, and more. Go-win-to → Those hats go-win-to the cabinet near the door. Go-waoh-ver → Let’s go-waoh-ver the …

575 – Liaison and Linking Part 2

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Today, I’d like to continue our discussion about English pronunciation, specifically liaison and linking. We took a look at this in a general way two weeks ago in Episode 573. Today, I’d like take you a little deeper into this. In this lesson, we’re going to look at what happens when a word ends with a certain letter or sound …

573 – Liaison and Linking

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One of the interesting aspects of English, especially American English, is that when we speak we tend to connect the words in each sentence. Quite often the end of one-word connects or links to the beginning of the next word. A lot of English teachers call this liaison and I’d like to practice this idea with you today. Understanding this …

551 – Stress and Intonation

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Hey guys it’s Michael here from Happy English and I am back with another podcast English lesson. I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. Remember, wearing a mask and social distancing still makes sense. But you knew that, right? Well, for today’s English lesson let’s take a look at some conversational idioms that use the verb GO. Learning …

500 – Do You vs. Did You Natural Pronunciation

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Hey guys it’s Michael here. This is episode 500. The first episode of the Happy English podcast was published on May 31, 2014. Since that time, we’ve covered a lot of different idioms, phrasal verbs, grammar points, and so on. It’s been quite an amazing journey up till this point and I’m really looking forward to the next 500. Of …

418 – Natural Pronunciation of I’m, Our, & You

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Sometimes English learners have trouble understanding naturally spoken English. One of the reasons for this how native English speaker pronounce certain words. Especially in American English, we prefer to have a smooth air flow between words when we speak. Certain sounds, when pronounced as written, cause the air flow between words to stop and so to prevent the stop, we …

399 – T Sounds Like D Pronunciation Lesson

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The letter “T” tends to have a bit of a different sound in spoken English when it appears unstressed in the middle of a word. This is especially true when we have words with two “T’s” together in the middle. For example, the word little is spelled with two T’s in the middle of the word, but instead of pronouncing …