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  • Hello there. Today, I'm going to teach you some more pronunciation -- about word

  • endings. Sometimes, maybe, you make mistakes when you speak English. For example, you say

  • the word -- bad word -- "f*ck", instead of "fax". So you want to send a "fax" to someone

  • you know the word is definitely f-a-x - "fax", but you say "f*ck." How embarrassing -- or

  • funny, depending on how you are looking at things.

  • So today I'm going to teach you the differences between these three word endings. This is

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  • this lesson, so it's for all of you who do this.

  • The word endings are "t" -- which actually sounds like "ttt", and "x" -- which actually

  • sounds like a "k" and an "s" together, like "ksss". "Ksss". And we have "ck" which sounds

  • like "k". So when you want to say the "t" sound you have to really articulate -- that

  • means say it strong, in a very strong fashion -- and say "ttt."

  • For example, you want to say the word "fact". You can almost spit at the person. Don't spit

  • at them though, because it's rude. Don't do that, just try and say it very clearly. So

  • you want to say "fact". Try it -- "fact."

  • The next one is "fax". If it's even easier for you, you want to make the "sss" a very,

  • very long sound. So you want to say, "fackssss". You have to make the "k" and then "sss" -- "ksss"

  • -- "fax". That's difficult. Try again. "Fax". So it's "ksss". You must draw out the

  • "s". If you don't, it sounds like "fact". Can you send a "fact?" Send a what? Can you

  • send a fax?

  • Who wrote this on the board? This is a bad word! I love this word. This word is "f*ck",

  • so you have to be careful and say "f*ckkk". Probably you guys have learned that word before.

  • You hear it in movies a lot. But, you must be able to say the word properly, so you don't

  • mix up these two words and have an embarrassing time: "f*ck", "fax", and "fact". When you

  • sound the "t", the air stops right away -- "fact". It doesn't continue like the "s", okay?

  • Let's look at some more examples. This might confuse you. If you look at the board, it

  • looks like it says, "lakdeh". Huh? What? Why is this under the "t"? Oh! In English,

  • a lot of regular verbs that end in "-ed" actually end with the "t" sound.

  • Now, if you have never heard of this before, go to www.engvid.com. Rebecca does a lesson

  • on "-ed" word endings. I would highly recommend this lesson for you, so after you watch that,

  • you will know that sometimes "-ed" verbs end in a "t" sound. So this word is pronounced "lackttt" -- "lacked".

  • "Lacked" means I didn't have enough. So I can say, "I lacked money." -- I didn't have

  • enough money. This, again, is the past tense, and it's a verb -- "lacked."

  • This word is "lax" -- "lax". "Lax" means it's not tight; it's kind of the same word as "loose".

  • If something is "lax", it's very loose and wobbly -- "lax". So we have "lacked", "lax",

  • "luck", "luck", "luck", "lax", and "lacked".

  • Just to help you, I'll put the "s" and the "k" here: "lax" and "luck".

  • These words will rhyme, yes; these words, maybe. The next one we're going to look at is this word, "sacked".

  • This is a slang verb. Does anyone know what "sacked" means? Someone might say on TV, "Aw,

  • I was sacked from my job last night. I don't know what to do now." "Sacked" is slang for

  • fired, so if the person on TV says, "I was sacked", it means they lost their job. This

  • is how we use this in slang, so it's the equivalent of being fired from your job.

  • Oh, how did this word get on the board, "sex"? Maybe you guys have heard that word before,

  • as well. "Sex" means male or female. So this word is, again... you want to say the "ksss"

  • sound, so you say "sex". And... speaking of sex, we have the word "suck". "Suck". "Suck".

  • So: "suck", "sex", and "sacked". Can you make a sentence with these words?

  • I can, but that's another lesson.

  • In the last three examples, we have the "t" at the beginning. This word is "tact". "Tact".

  • "Tact" means ability to do something. Then we have the word "tax". If anyone's ever

  • traveled to Canada, you know about our tax. It's very high. When you go to the store to

  • buy something you look at the price and go, "This beautiful marker is one dollar! I can buy that."

  • So then you go to the cash register and they're like, "That's $1.14, please".

  • "Uh, what? Why is it one dollar but it's... ?"

  • We have tax -- a lot of it in Canada -- so in the price tag or on the price tag the tax

  • is not included.

  • So you go, "Aw, I hate tax!" People will understand you hate "tax" not "tact".

  • So again, this is the "ksss" sound, and the last one "brroom, brroom" -- a big, fat

  • truck. "Truck" -- a truck is like a very large car. In the UK, they say "lorry", which is

  • kind of strange. So, in Canada and in America, we definitely call it a "truck". "Truck",

  • "suck", "luck", and "f*ck".

  • Then we have "tax", "sex", "lax", and "fax". "Tact", "sacked", "lacked", and "fact". It

  • is a fact -- if you need more, would like more, if you are dying for more, go to www.engvid.com . Bye.

  • Learn English for free www.engvid.com

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Pronunciation - words ending with X, T, CK

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    Zenn posted on 2013/03/30
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