Understanding How To Pronounce Past-Tense -ED

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Two Basic Rules for Pronouncing The -ED Ending

Saying a verb in the past-tense form can be challenging. Once you know which words to add an -ED, then you must learn that there are a variety of choices for pronouncing these two little added letters.Knowing these two basic rules will be a “game-changer” ( most important) for others to understand what you are saying to them.Get to know these two ways to pronounce -ED.  It will make a HUGE difference with your speaking.

If you would like this week’s list of -ED words and a full description about these two rules for pronouncing -ED, please contact me and write in the message “-ED Newsletter”.

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Want to speak English with flair? Put this On The Top Of Your “To-Do” Practice List

When you are talking, emphasize the main words and reduce the small words. Listeners expect to hear this way of talking. This is the melody of the English language.

Number 1 on your To-Do List – Emphasize words in sentences.

Emphasize words. That’s it! And it sounds boring, right? Something you may have learned when you were in middle school in your english classes, or even worse, you never had lessons about word stress at all!

Using word stress will give your voice personality. It alerts the listener to hear the important words. First, you must learn how to emphasize (make bigger) words and then you will understand about reducing those small, less significant words. We say some words bigger and make some words smaller. We say some words faster and some words slower. We also make the pitch of our voice go upward when we want to stress a word. All of these things are the rhythm or the melody of speaking. It’s what gives our voice a personality. Without this yin and yang of word stress in our sentences, we would sound drab and blah. The listener would not be able to listen for very long. And often times, people will think that you are a “fast-talker.” This is because you are saying all of your words with the same pitch and beat. It’s time to learn how to make some words stand out!

To emphasize (stress) a word- this is what you need to do.

ONE: Say the vowel sound in the stressed syllable LONGER, (“LAW-ng er”)

TWO: Say the stressed part of the word at a HIGHer  pitch

THREE: Say the word LOUDer.

Poems are excellent practice for playing with rhythm. Without the correct use of fast and slow words and highs and lows of your voice, the poem will not flow correctly. Listen to this recording and repeat each line after me. Over-exaggerate your voice. If you have never tried this before, you will have to try this out in a big way! Sit in a room without anyone around. And repeat aloud. If it feels weird, you are doing it correctly. Remember your brain is not used to having you use your voice in a new (and improved) way.

Emphasize the words in bold

As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats.
Each cat had seven kits,
Kitscatssacks, and wives,
How many were going to St. Ives?

I HAVE-TO go on a diet

Pronouncing English words in natural conversation is totally different than reading or learning the grammar of the language. Speaking English is about emphasizing the main words and reducing the little words. Today we are going to practice how to reduce words in the phrase “HAVE TO”.

Typically we will stress the word HAVE and destress (make smaller) the word TO. Let’s break it down even further for you.

The V in the word HAVE may sound more like an F. HAVE= “HAF”

The T in the word TO may sound like a D. To= “DA”

When you put the two words together, it will look like this “HAFTA” or “HAFDA”

Wow! Isn’t that crazy? Listen to this recording and repeat the practice sentences.

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