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  • He thinks he's so special. There, give him some horns, a little tail and a beard. Oh, hi.

  • James, from EngVid. I was just getting ready for the lesson. Hi. This is a Mr. E Special.

  • There he is, all perfect again. He's doing a special because his name is E. He thought

  • he would do the "Magic E".

  • When you're learning English, and for many people learning English, here's something

  • I've always said when I teach: English is a very stupid language. You must say everything.

  • The problem with that is English is not a phonetic language, which means just because

  • you write it, it doesn't mean you say it. We're going to do some lessons, and this is

  • one of them, where I try to help you with spelling, because you won't be able to get

  • it from the words. It's not like Spanish.

  • One of things is you can use markers. These are markers. Markers help us find things.

  • In the English language, we use markers to tell us something about whether this letter

  • will make a sound, whether it changes the sound, or what sound the letter should make.

  • In this case, we're going to work with the "Magic E". We have it here. "Markers are letters

  • that don't represent sounds." They don't say this is the sound, "...but tell us the sounds

  • of the other letters in the word." "E" does that; it's a very, very good friend of ours.

  • It's special, like this marker. In this case, we're going to talk about the silent E, or

  • the "Magic E". The silent E is a marker of a long vowel sound. That means it's going

  • to say A, E, I, O, U, instead of "aw", "eh", "ih", "ah", "uh". Drink too much, you sound

  • like that. It's going to tell us it's a long vowel sound of the syllable it finishes. What

  • is a syllable? It's a vowel sound, from a grouping, so just keep that in mind. When

  • you say something like my name: "James"; even though it's got two vowels, it's only got

  • one vowel sound, so it's a single syllable. There.

  • Okay. The first thing it will tell us is that it is a long vowel, and let's give an example.

  • Well, this word is... wrong. There's no "mete"; I meant to put this, "mat". A "mat" is something you

  • stand on in your house when you get out of the shower or the bath, a piece of fabric

  • that keeps your feet dry or keeps the floor dry, "mat". When you add the magic E -- that's

  • why I put the E there - "mate." All of a sudden that "ah" sound becomes "A"; "mate".

  • What about the next one? If you like chocolate cake, like I do, mm baby, you're fat. But

  • if you meet the doctor -- Doctor Fate - "ah" becomes "A". Doctor Fate. Go read a comic book.

  • How about "not"? I often have girlfriends go, "You're not going there this evening."

  • I always go, "But I want to." The "aw" sound becomes "O" when I write her a very nice note.

  • I write her a note saying, "I love you, baby." She goes, "Well, you can come here now." No

  • more nots.

  • What about the next one, "cut"? If you meet Mr. E and you touch his girlfriend, he is

  • going to "cut" you; he's going to cut you real good. If his girlfriend likes you it

  • must be because you're "cute". "Uh" (sound) becomes "U"; cute.

  • This one; do you know this one? I love when foreign students try to say this one. They

  • go "Hoogee. It's a hoogee, right?" I'm like, "No, it's a hug." To hold someone and to hold

  • them tight close to you -- hug. I have a bad joke; I won't say it because my Russian students

  • are always saying: "You must be more serious, much more serious when you do these lessons."

  • "Huge." Insert your own joke. "Insert" means put in -- put your own joke here. "Huge" means

  • very big. Once again, "huge" - "U". "Huge" not "uh" (as in "hug").

  • Some people tell on me when I do bad things, and we call those people "rats". They also

  • live in the basement of my house. Send me money; I need to move, bad. If you're important

  • in Toronto, you "rate"; that means you're important; you get special consideration.

  • Or we say, "What is the rate? How much do I have to pay?" "Rate". What is the rate?

  • Next, "pin". We usually use this for clothing. Pin things together. Or if you break your

  • arm, they'll put in a pin to hold it together. "Pin". I love the smell of "pine" in the morning,

  • it smells like napalm. No, that's another movie, "Apocalypse James".

  • "Rag". My clothes are rags -- I have a hole here. I don't even want to show you back here, it's got

  • holes. But I do fly into a "rage", which means be very angry, like Hulk. "Me Hulk!"... not

  • really. Hulk is bigger and stronger. "Rage".

  • I've shown you examples where I took words, added the "Magic E", and they went from short

  • vowels to long vowels. Single syllable words, so I make it easy for you.

  • What else does the "Magic E" do? See, I can speak English and gibberish; those are my

  • two best languages. Number two, it also tells us something about the "th" sound. Some of

  • you have problems with the "th" sound because it can be either "ffff", more like an F, or

  • "vvvv", it buzzes. "Vvvvv" -- I feel Spanish when I say that.

  • What happens in this part is it vibrates and it tells us that if you have an E at the end,

  • it becomes a 'vvvv', a vibration sound, and it still has the long vowel sound. For instance,

  • "bathe". When you take a "bath" at night that's "ah", but if you "bathe", that's more of the

  • verb sound, more of a verb. "I bathe" -- that's the action, so by adding the E, not only do

  • we change it from a noun to a verb, we get the "v" vibration, and we know it's a verb.

  • How about "cloth"? Cloth is material, but you put it on your body we say, "clothe";

  • you're putting some clothing on yourself. Once again, it becomes a verb and we get the

  • "th" sound. Long O - "clothe". The last one, I "loathe" it. "Loathe" means hate. After

  • you fly into a rage, you will probably loathe something. Once again, I'm going to be off for a second

  • but look. "Lo", as in long O... "th" vibration because of the E.

  • I'm quite aware that you didn't loathe that lesson; I'm sure you loved that lesson. I'm

  • looking forward to teaching you more. Let's go quickly over the letter E. When you see

  • the "Magic E" at the end of a syllable, it's going to make a long vowel sound -- A, E,

  • I, O, U. It will also, if there is a TH, make it vibrate - "vvvv" -- so it's going to help

  • you when you're reading, with your pronunciation.

  • I hope you love the lesson, not loathe it. By the way, you should bathe -- check out

  • the "Smell Yourself" lesson, "Clean Yourself" -- you'll like that one. I think that's about

  • it. Mr. E, you did a great job. I take it back, you're not a worm at all; you're a man

  • of stature. No more ears for you. You guys, you need to go to the website, which is www.engvid.com,

  • where you'll see myself and other great teachers willing and ready to teach you.

  • You might actually meet a mate because that's your fate. Take note, she might be cute. He

  • might be huge and you do rate. Don't pine over them or fly into a rage when they leave

  • you. But if you bathe, I'm almost sure when you clothe yourself just well, you won't loathe

  • yourself anymore. EngVid -- bye.

  • Learn English for free www.engvid.com

He thinks he's so special. There, give him some horns, a little tail and a beard. Oh, hi.

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Pronunciation Tricks - The Magic E

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    Zenn posted on 2013/03/30
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