Syllables in English Pronunciation

A Syllable is a unit of spoken language which typically consists of a vowel‏‎, optionally with a consonant before and/or after it. The number of letters in a syllable is not important as it is the sound of the syllable which matters. One way to think of syllables is as […]

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Stephen Krashen

Professor emeritus at the University of Southern California. Krashen is a linguist, an educational researcher, and an activist. Krashen has contributed to the fields of Second Language Acquisition (SLA), Bilingual Education, and Reading. He is credited with introducing various influential concepts and terms in the study of second language acquisition, […]

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Spanish vs English

¿Hablas español? About 470 million people do! In fact Spanish is the second most popular first language in the world (after Mandarin; English is third) and also the third most popular language on the internet (after English then Mandarin). As a first language it is mainly spoken in Spain, Latin […]

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Sound Stress in English

Stress is used to talk about the emphasis given to certain sounds, words or phrases‏‎ when we speak. In English there are basically 2 times we talk about stress: on words in an utterance; and on syllable‏‎s in a word. Stress on Syllables Take the word, august, as an example. […]

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Semantics

Semantics is the study of meaning. This can include the meaning of individual words‏‎ and also the way in which their meaning may have changed over time. Meaning in languages is mainly studied by linguists. In fact, semantics is one of the main branches of contemporary linguistics. But there are […]

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