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Which test: IELTS or TOEFL???

9 January 2017

IELTS and TOEFL are two major English tests which are accepted internationally as proof of English ability. They are pretty similar, and none is more difficult than the other. It’s all a matter of getting used to the format, but here are a couple of practical things to consider.

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Real English Pronunciation

with Darcy Rose

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Voiceless stops

Published on 21 January 2017

Hi, and welcome back to Real English.

I’m Darcy and today we’ll be taking a closer look at the voiceless stops; [p], [t], and [k].

These sounds can be pronounced differently depending on where they are in the word. For example, before a stressed vowel which usually happens at the beginning of a word, there’s a puff of air released when you say these sounds. If you put your hand in front of your face you can feel this.

[p], [t], [k].

Here are some words that have voiceless stops at the beginning:
paper, take, cat.

In the middle of a word, this puff of air doesn’t happen. For example, in the words:
‘hippie’ and ‘lucky’.

Here’s a tongue twister to help you practice these sounds. Watch out; this one’s tricky:
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickle peppers.
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers, Peter Piper picked?

See how you can do with that one and we’ll see you next Friday.

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