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  • Hello, everybody.

  • It's me, Elliot from E.

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  • English and Bruce.

  • You can't really see him, but he's just here anyway.

  • Welcome to this lesson.

  • This British English, British pronunciation, but also General English lesson.

  • Today we're covering words and things in the English language, which are kind of confusing everything to do with words that's annoying.

  • That needs to be fixed for both natives and non natives.

  • And in fact, I wouldn't be surprised if quite a lot of natives watch this lesson as well.

  • Because a lot of these mistakes are made by natives without further ado, let's get started.

  • And let's talk about our first word, which is infamous.

  • Infamous.

  • Yes, that is how we pronounce this word.

  • Now many of my students who have joined my course whenever I've shown them this word.

  • They seem to think that it could be in famous in famous, because obviously we have the word famous.

  • However, we do break this word down a little bit, and it's actually easier to pronounce it this way.

  • Infamous now the nice thing about this is it's very good for your Schwab practice.

  • Now remember, the Schwab sound is the most common sound in British English.

  • Yeah, so in Mus, it's happening twice.

  • And it's a great word to practice this sound, obviously, because it happens twice.

  • So practice with me.

  • Infamous.

  • And don't forget, the stress is on the first syllable here in infamous the other problem with this word is lots of people think that it means to be very famous, okay, or just generally to be famous, But you just put the word in in front of it.

  • But the truth is, this actually means to be famous, but for all of the wrong reasons.

  • So maybe somebody who's done something really bad someone naughty and they are famous there in the public eye.

  • Everybody knows who they are, and they would maybe consider themselves to be a celebrity.

  • But perhaps it's because they did something wrong.

  • Maybe they're a scammer.

  • They scammed people, made people lose their money.

  • It could be a number of reasons why this person is infamous.

  • A place can be infamous for hauntings or something like that.

  • Okay, Next, these two words, Yes, some people think it's inshore and ensure maybe one is pronounced with an it, and one is pronounced with an air let me quickly fix this problem for you.

  • If you're unsure, They are both pronounced exactly the same Exactly the same.

  • Ensure and ensure they both have the same stress.

  • They both have the same sounds, the same pronunciation.

  • Everything is exactly the same.

  • The only thing that is different is the meaning.

  • You put an iron front and that would be, for example, to ensure your car to compensate for any loss or damage or injury to something basically to protect something to ensure something.

  • But also you need to ensure your safety.

  • For example, with an E, we want to say, ensure that it's ensure.

  • And this would be to make sure to be sure to make something become certain.

  • So, for example, I ensure you that I am okay.

  • Meaning I will make you very certain and very sure that I am okay.

  • Okay.

  • I ensure you that I'm okay.

  • I ensure you that the insurance policy you have chosen is perfect.

  • And again, we have two words which have pronounced the same.

  • Inquire and inquire.

  • Both have the same sounds.

  • Both have the same stressed syllable choir.

  • We have a really nice IRA.

  • I So I like in goodbye I I And then we're finishing with a nice Schwab sound I I So just relax your mouth at the end, Okay?

  • So inquire, Inquire So traditionally with an E, it means just to ask, whereas with an eye.

  • Traditionally, it's more for formal investigations in the UK they are used interchangeably, really, In modern English.

  • We use both of them for kind of the same reason.

  • So it doesn't matter too much.

  • Don't worry.

  • If you sent that email and you put it with an E instead of an I or an I instead of an E.

  • Don't worry.

  • You haven't messed up.

  • It's fine.

  • We use them interchangeably.

  • However, with an eye, it definitely is more common to use it for a formal investigation.

  • Okay, so do be aware of that.

  • The next one, you might think they're pronounced the same, but actually they are different.

  • Emigrates and immigrate air at the beginning like an Elliot tongue in the middle of the mouth.

  • Pushed forward.

  • Spread your cheeks slightly, uh, and the other one is with an it sound.

  • Lift your tongue up slightly, not too high, just around the sharp edge of your top teeth and it.

  • Yeah, immigrate, immigrate.

  • So we have to emigrate.

  • Immigrant, When you leave your country to permanently live in another country when you leave, that is to emigrate.

  • Immigrate with an eye is when you arrive in another country to live there permanently.

  • So for example, I emigrated from the UK 10 years ago.

  • But I could say I immigrated to Australia.

  • Emigrate when you're talking about leaving your country and immigrate to talk about arriving in a new country and beginning that new life.

  • So once you pass the border, essentially it becomes immigrate.

  • Just like when you arrive at the airport and you have to go through immigration.

  • It's not emigration, it's immigration.

  • That's because you've already done that emigrating.

  • You are now in immigration.

  • A great way to remember this is that emigrate is like saying exit and it begins with an E and immigrate means to come in.

  • Okay, come in.

  • So it begins with an I.

  • That's one way you could remember it or you could remember it alphabetically.

  • E comes before I in the alphabet and emigrate.

  • E is the first part the leaving and immigrant I, which comes after e in the alphabet.

  • That's the final bit.

  • The second bit, which is arriving and beginning your new life emigrates immigrate.

  • Finally, I just wanted to talk about the difference between good and well.

  • We're not going to go into the grammar side of it.

  • I don't really teach grammar.

  • I'm a pronunciation teacher.

  • But when it comes to grammar, I mean, technically, it's wrong to say I'm good when someone says, How are you?

  • You say, Yeah, I'm good, Thanks.

  • So it's not incorrect to say I feel good, but it is technically incorrect to say I'm good because it doesn't really make sense when you look at things grammatically.

  • But we love to break rules and spoken English.

  • That's just how it works.

  • Embrace it now.

  • I think if natives can use it and get away with it, then why can't you?

  • Just because you're a non native speaker, does that mean you have to do everything correctly?

  • No.

  • If I'm going to say I'm good, then I think you can say it to, and I want you to understand that spoken English is a lot.

  • That it's spoken English is quite heavily based on rule breaking were breaking rules all of the time and also the accent changes.

  • So, yes, you can say I'm good.

  • Technically, it's correct to actually say I'm well, but don't be afraid to say I'm good because everybody says it don't make English as scary as teachers in school Make it okay, especially when you're speaking.

  • Rules can be broken.

  • So if you liked what you saw today, you enjoyed the lesson.

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  • And don't forget, we can work together.

  • You can become my student if you want to.

  • We can talk every day through voice messaging on WhatsApp, which is a feature that's included.

  • When you join my course, you can join at E.

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  • And I can just answer any questions you have for me whenever you want.

  • So that's it.

  • Take care.

  • Enjoy the rest of your day.

  • Cheers, guys.

  • Bye.

Hello, everybody.

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