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  • your questions, my answers.

  • It's asked me, T J Hello, everybody.

  • And welcome to another episode of Ask E T.

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  • You know how it works.

  • By now I post a picture on my instagram.

  • If you're not following me, please do to get your question in the next time on you guys send me questions about pronunciation, about me, about British culture, about whatever you want really on.

  • Then I go through and pick the best ones because there are way too many for me to choose from.

  • And then I make a video like this where I talk and answer your questions.

  • And the first question I was asked.

  • That's right.

  • We're going straight into this.

  • Elliot, how the natives feel when non natives are speaking English E I mean, there's a very broad question, isn't it?

  • How how do you feel when a non native speaks your language?

  • Confused, stressed, happy, sad?

  • How does it make you feel?

  • I know myself.

  • I just feel like it's normal.

  • We have so many non natives living here in the UK there, accepted with open arms, and we love talking to them, meeting them, listening to what they have to say that a zoo, long as they have a good understanding of grammar and can hold a conversation than things air.

  • Okay, obviously pronunciation.

  • Being a pronunciation specialist, I know it plays a big part because if you're pronouncing a load of words and sounds wrong or you have particular habits, then it can make it difficult for us on then that's when it might make some of some natives feel a bit anxious listening to you, because maybe your pronunciation is difficult to understand, and we feel bad for having Thio ask you to repeat yourself all the time.

  • That's the only negative.

  • I would say we wouldn't have any bad feelings about you speaking English.

  • It might just be that we feel bad ourselves that we can't understand.

  • Perhaps some things you're saying on we need to keep asking you to repeat.

  • So it's more about the fact that we don't want to be rude.

  • So don't worry.

  • Practice.

  • You need to practice speaking with natives.

  • It's the only way you're really going to improve, particularly your pronunciation.

  • Negotiate or negotiate now, me personally, and most of the public will say, negotiate, negotiate with the sound.

  • It's more of an old fashioned perhaps upper RP thing to say Negotiate.

  • You will find it on up from RP news presenters on BBC news as well.

  • But nowadays, with more of a contemporary style of RP, which is spoken in the South, which is what I teach only teach kind of Southern modified modern RP Most people nowadays would just say negotiate, just like with the other word.

  • Which is Do we say schedule or do we say schedule?

  • I've actually mentioned this in two videos, but people still keep asking me this question.

  • Let's hope millions of people watch this video, so I never have to answer this again.

  • It doesn't matter just, like negotiate or negotiate schedule or schedule.

  • Nobody cares when they're listening to you.

  • As long as you say one of the two and we can understand you.

  • That's the most important thing.

  • So negotiate, negotiate schedule, schedule Tomato, tomato actually do, say, tomato because that's how British people say we won't get into that one today.

  • Next one.

  • Elliot, can you explain the use of the word rubbish?

  • We use rubbish in a variety of ways.

  • Well, actually, let's start with the basic way, which is on American would say trash, we say rubbish.

  • Meaning litter packets of crisp packets paper things need to go in the bin.

  • We call that rubbish.

  • We might call the Been a rubbish bin, but rubbish can also have waken say that if something was really bad, let's say I saw a really bad movie.

  • I could say that movie was rubbish.

  • I could also call that movie a film, by the way.

  • So that film or that movie that was rubbish, meaning it was very bad.

  • Also, If somebody is telling me a story and I don't believe it may be, I think what they're saying is untrue, I could say you're talking rubbish.

  • Meaning what you're saying is rubbish.

  • Meaning what you're saying?

  • I don't believe it's not true.

  • Stop lying rubbish.

  • Obviously also, if something is really bad, we could just say, Oh, that's rubbish.

  • It's a bit like saying that sucks, right?

  • That's rubbish.

  • Used with the correct intonation, this word can be amazing, really important word Now there might be a few other ways of using it, but those are the main ways.

  • Okay, How important our continents, at the end of words, I think they're really important with the T in particular.

  • Sometimes we will.

  • Sometimes we won't depends what mood we're in, where we're from.

  • What accent?

  • We were brought up with all kinds of different things.

  • With the tea, you could be a bit more varied and with a few other sounds.

  • But generally, I think with sounds like the S and Zed really, really important.

  • Now I do have one more tip for you.

  • Try to pronounce your continents as much as you can at the end of words.

  • But one thing I really want you to do is understand that when we have a voiced continent at the end of a word, it's no as voiced as it would be at the beginning of the word, Let's say the word very okay, Say it with me.

  • The put the top teeth on the bottom lip.

  • The the the very, very right.

  • Very now say the word save, save, save.

  • When I say very I'm really pushing the sound out, I'm voicing it.

  • There's a strong voiced continent sound coming out very right.

  • But when we have this voiced or any voiced consonant at the end of a word, you will find that it becomes a mixture off on voiced and voice.

  • We just voice it less.

  • This is just how it works.

  • So save yes, I'm still producing a vibration in my throat.

  • I'm still using my vocal cords.

  • It's not just a non voiced sound.

  • I'm actually making noise, but it's a little bit less than it would be, Um, if it were at the beginning of a word.

  • So just remember voiced continents.

  • We need to make sure they are voiced.

  • We have to get that tiny bit of voice at the end.

  • If we don't, it might confuse listeners.

  • So make sure you are at least getting a tiny bit of voice in there so that we know it's a voiced continent and it's a V and not a F.

  • Okay, we don't want it to sound like safe, do we?

  • We want it to sound like save so that tiny bit of voice at the end.

  • Safe save.

  • There's a big difference, okay?

  • And it's just that tiny bit of voice, which I add to the end.

  • Elliot, can you please talk to me about the difference between a and a wow?

  • Now there's a whole lesson in my course comparing these two sounds and you can learn them in detail.

  • You conjoined my course by clicking the link in the description below or going to e.

  • T j english dot com and improve your whole British accent.

  • But if you are looking thio kind of get a quick fix, then let me just quickly explain a in a word, like at at at Look at my mouth.

  • Uh, I'm spreading my lips slightly, but my tongue is right at the front of my mouth at the bottom.

  • Okay.

  • Ah, at make sure you spread your lips just slightly.

  • Okay?

  • It's a forward facing vowel.

  • Ah, Now the, uh, sound lots of people get confused between ah, and, uh, now look at my tongue.

  • You should be able to see it when I lift from, uh, to, uh uh huh.

  • I am slightly lifting my tongue, but also I'm pushing it back just a little bit, so I'm sliding my tongue back slightly.

  • So it's central.

  • Okay, Central on, then.

  • I'm lifting it.

  • Ah, Uh ah.

  • My mouth is very neutral.

  • I'm not opening it wide.

  • I'm not doing a big smile.

  • I'm just opening it slightly relaxed.

  • Ah, look at the difference of my mouth.

  • Shape a spread.

  • Ah, Uh, Okay, let's try bat, bat bat.

  • But but or let's say at up at up.

  • So all in all, just to quickly summarize for the ah sound tongue down at the front of the mouth, open it wide.

  • Spread your lips slightly.

  • Ah, for the sound you need to kind of lift your tongue up a bit into the central area off your mouth.

  • So in the middle of your mouth.

  • Andi, I want you to kind of relax your mouth neutral, Uh, but it's when we start adding continents to them and other sounds and it becomes a word and we have to start talking fast.

  • That's when pronunciation gets difficult.

  • You could pronounce a vowel sound absolutely, perfectly on its own, But when you start trying to say it in words, that's when it can start to get really difficult and you start making mistakes, particularly when you have to start talking to a native.

  • Now I just have one more question.

  • Which was Elliot, how do you order at a pub now for me?

  • I would just say, Can I have a pint off.

  • Whatever.

  • The point is the biggest glass we do, which is what most people get.

  • Okay, so if you want to just sound like a normal British person in a pub and if you only if you drink alcohol, of course, if you don't drink alcohol, don't order a pint of beer, obviously.

  • But if you do drink alcohol, go into the pub and say, Can I have a pint off point to the beer you want?

  • You know they have them on the taps.

  • But let's say you don't want a whole pint.

  • Maybe you're driving.

  • Or maybe you just need to be careful.

  • You don't want to get drunk.

  • Or if you're like me and one point on you're absolutely smashed, then order half a point.

  • Now, we sometimes just call it a half pint.

  • So, for example, can I have ah, half pint off this beer, please?

  • Okay.

  • Half point.

  • So you have a point or a half point?

  • There are a lot of different styles of beer.

  • You just if you haven't been to the UK and haven't kind of worked out the lingo in pubs, you just have to go out there Listen.

  • Listen to the person next to you and they order and just copy them on.

  • You'll learn, Okay, But the main thing is, just don't sound rude.

  • Make sure you say, Can I have or could I have on then, of course, finish with the word please.

  • So that's all the questions I can fit into this very short lesson.

  • I'm so sorry.

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  • What's that?

  • Whether it's a written question or a voice message to check if you're pronouncing something correctly or if you want me to pronounce something for you.

  • So you know, if you need that direct contact with me and you feel like you haven't learned enough in this lesson, then of course I'm available to you.

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  • Thank you very much for watching this lesson.

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  • It's always a pleasure, guys.

  • Thank you very much.

  • And cheers.

  • Bye.

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