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मंत्र अधिकांशतः संस्कृत में लिखे होते हैं । जिनके उच्चारण के विषय में शंका बनी रहती है । उस शंका को दूर करने के लिए गुरु कृपा से कुछ मंत्रों का उच्चारण स्पष्ट किया जा रहा है जिससे आपको सही उच्चारण करने में मदद मिलेगी
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Tá Falado: Brazilian Portuguese Pronunciation for Speakers of Spanish

College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin

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Tá Falado provides Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation lessons for speakers of Spanish. Podcasts illustrate pronunciation differences between Spanish and Portuguese and present scenarios showing cultural differences between the U.S. and Brazil. Tá Falado is part of the Brazilpod project and is produced at the College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin. Website URL: http://coerll.utexas.edu/brazilpod/tafalado/
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English Sound Building - British Pronunciation

Tamsin (English Brick by Brick)

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Join me, Tamsin, to smash some English language learning goals and flex your pronunciation muscles! English Sound Building is an advanced pronunciation podcast where *you* do the work to build muscle, muscle memory, and master new sounds. Each episode will focus on one or two British English sounds, looking at how they're pronounced in common words, and then practising them in some trickier phrases. Always remember that successful communication is possible in any one of the thousands of glob ...
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Have you ever Felt Frustrated Listening to Fast Chinese? Rita will help you to figure out how native speakers speak Mandarin. Texas Mandarin Helps You Understand Real Mandarin Chinese & Transform Your Listening Skills in Less Than 90 Days Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/texasmandarin/support
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Unity leo is a Organization where we look at individual climate issues in specific countries and create long term sustainable solutions for that area. This podcast will be a collection of: world news updates, business updates, open candid conversations, timeless advice to increase life quality and better solutions for a better future. Enjoy our interesting combination of material and tune into what life has to offer!
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Zapp! English Vocabulary and Pronunciation is based on *Real* unscripted English conversations featuring speakers with different accents. Each podcast also contains interactive audio classes with a teacher to work on your vocabulary and pronunciation. Every podcast comes with an e-book available on Zappenglish.com. The eBook includes the complete conversation and class transcripts, vocabulary lists, and additional practice exercises and answers only available in the eBooks. We charge a small ...
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Conversation & Pronunciation: Learn English with The Rachel's English Podcast

Rachel's English: Pronunciation & Conversation Guru, American Accent Trai

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Study English conversation skills with one of YouTube's most popular English as a Second (or third!) Language teachers, Rachel of Rachel's English. Most beneficial for intermediate to advanced students, Rachel's specialty is the nuance and musicality of spoken English. Learn about English stress, sounds, and melodies, in addition to American slang, idioms, phrasal verbs, vocabulary, common phrases, culture, and more! Each episode is a CONVERSATION, so join the conversation now and learn how ...
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The phone rings and it's a stranger trying to sell you something. This is part one of a multi-podcast series based on a real script. Have fun! Hi, this is Barry calling from Scam-O-Rama Car Services. I’m calling regarding your 2016 Chevrolet Survivor. How is your 2016 Chevy Survivor running? Do you know the approximate current mileage? Great! I’m c…
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This is the first in a series of lessons about connected speech. One of the ways in which we link syllables and words together is with "glides" -- for example a Y sound is added between "be" and "able" so it sounds like "bee yable". Listen to the sentences and you'll get the idea of these glides. Y glides: /iy/ 1) I would like to be able to speak f…
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Here are some sentences with six-syllable words. 1- In the 1960s people experimented with hallucinogenic drugs. 2- Covid 19 has resulted in the hospitalization of too many people. 3- Please do NOT eat mushrooms which are not identifiable as safe and harmless. 4- Alien organisms might not be easily categorizable. 5- After lengthy reconsideration of …
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Crazy English. We pronounce "ough" in too many ways... I thought microbiology was a tough course, but my professor was a thorough teacher. I studied hard throughout, and in the end I learned what he taught even though it was a challenge. 1- I thought microbiology was a tough course… 2…but my professor was a thorough teacher. 3- I studied hard throu…
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1- Do you think you know what a parachute looks like? 2- Guess what: There are tons of parachute types out there, and you probably don’t know ’em all! 3- Here’s a rundown of several of the normal and not-so-normal types of parachutes… 3a- …that help skydivers (and far-flung cargo) make their way softly back down to terra firma. 4- Round parachutes …
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What parachute types are there? Do you think you know what a parachute looks like? Guess what: There are tons of parachute types out there, and you probably don’t know ’em all! Here’s a rundown of several of the normal and not-so-normal types of parachutes that help skydivers (and far-flung cargo) make their way softly back down to terra firma. 1. …
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1 - Gymnasts have broad, muscular backs. 2 - I worked in the garden all morning and now my back aches. 3 - He broke his back in a terrible car accident. 4 - Have you ever read The Hunchback of Notre Dame? 5 - My dog always stretches his back and yawns when he wakes up. 6 - My cat arched his back and hissed loudly at the neighbor’s dog. 7 - She lean…
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There are some words in English which change their meaning when you change the stress. Here’s an example: Perfect - free of mistakes, problems, errors. 1 - The teacher said my homework was perfect. (PER-fect) 2 - She got a perfect score on the exam. 3 - Your pronunciation is perfect. 4 - It’s hard to be perfect all the time. 5 - That painting looks…
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1 - I enjoyed myself when I visited Mexico. 2 - She hurt herself playing basketball. 3 - You’re working too hard. Don’t kill yourself! 4 - John is going to make himself a sandwich. 5 - We encourage ourselves to practice English every day. 6 - I own my own small company. I pay myself four thousand dollars per month. 7 - It is important for children …
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The full text of this podcast along with additional information about job scams can be found on the US Federal Trade Commission website. Here are some sentences to use for pronunciation practice. They are at the end of the podcast. 1- Scammers advertise jobs the same way honest employers do — online (in ads, on job sites, and social media), in news…
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There are many collocations in English using the word “pain”. Here are a few to practice with. 1) He immersed himself in the music and for a little while forgot the pain of losing his father. 2) She took medications for a few days to ease the pain in her leg. 3) It took me a long time to get over the pain of getting divorced. 4) We shared both the …
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Once upon a time there was a little girl who lived with her mother in a small house at the edge of a big forest. The girl had a bright red cape with a hood and it was so striking that everyone called her Little Red Riding Hood. One day her mother said, "Sweetie, I'm preparing a basket of treats for your dear grandmother. She's not feeling well and …
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1) Our teacher gave us some grammar exercises for homework. 2) The translation exercises were difficult. 3) I do yoga exercises every morning. 4) His doctor recommended some exercises to strengthen his back. 5) Learning a new language is a good mental exercise. 6) Mary does daily breathing, stretching, and relaxation exercises. 7) I like to listen …
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1) We go to dinner at a fancy restaurant when we’re feeling extravagant. 2) Spending $200 on a pair of shoes seems extravagant to me. 3) She’s only extravagant when she’s on vacation and then she throws caution to the winds. 4) After winning the lottery, he became the most extravagant person I know. He spent millions on his new house. 5) The lifest…
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Some sentences with "happy": 1) He has a successful business with many happy customers. 2) Meeting you here in the airport was a happy accident. 3) The boy was whistling a happy tune. 4) That movie had a happy ending. 5) Alex and Joanna are a very happy couple. 6) My grandson has had a happy childhood. 7) I have happy memories of my first trip to E…
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Betty Botta bought some butter; “But,” said she, “this butter’s bitter! If I put it in my batter It will make my batter bitter. But a bit o’ better butter Will but make my batter better.” Then she bought a bit o’ butter Better than the bitter butter, Made her bitter batter better. So ’twas better Betty Botta Bought a bit o’ better butter. Intro & O…
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Where's Molly? The cat? I don't know. Where have you looked? Did you check the bedroom? She's not in the bedroom. Did you look in the fridge? How would a cat get into the fridge? I don't know. How about the washing machine? I just put laundry in the washer. She's not in there. Did you look outside? She's not in the front yard and she's not in the b…
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If you're not familiar with the word auction, A-U-C-T-I-O-N, I want you to stop this podcast, look at the notes, and go watch two parts of videos on YouTube. The first one is an example of an auction competition and the second one is a woman auctioneer talking about her patter, which is the way people talk during auctions. STOP! Please watch these …
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Here are two home-made tongue twisters featuring "L". Lazy Lucy left languid Larry lingering in Louisiana. Lucille’s lizard lives happily in her yellow bungalow. (Note to Turkish speakers: look in a mirror and say English words beginning in "L". If you see the tip of your tongue sticking out, you are articulating a Turkish "L" -- in American Englis…
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Today's mini-cast discusses these two sentences: I used to work for a big company, but after a few years I quit. Now I'm self-employed. If there's a sentence or a couple of sentences you find tricky to pronounce, and you'd like me to use it or them in a mini-podcast, email me at fuzzy.moon8650@fastmail.com and I will be happy to consider your sugge…
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Another mini-cast: the sentence to practice here is: "I could take the bus to work, but I'd rather walk." Listen carefully as always, and notice how words pronounced in isolation may be pronounced differently when they're in a sentence. If you want to practice your speaking and correct grammar at the same time, try making up variations on the podca…
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Here's another podcast where I dig into exactly how I pronounce a single sentence: "To tell you the truth, I was surprised by his attitude." By the way: thank you to my supporters who contribute to help pay for the expenses of this podcast. You are greatly appreciated! Intro & Outro Music: La Pompe Du Trompe by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermanso…
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Note: the podcast recording is not identical to this short essay. But the topic is the same. Who knew? The "TH" sound in English does not exist in Turkish. And yet, the articulation of the "TH" sound does exist in Turkish. Really and truly. If you are a native speaker of Turkish, do this: 1) Say the word "geldi". 2) Repeat the word, but do NOT pron…
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This podcast contains a very close analysis of how I pronounce a few sentences: 1- I am so tired of waiting in the rain. 2- I'm so happy to be walking in the park. 3- I was so tired of waiting in the rain that I went to a restaurant. Remember: Written English is not a good guide to pronunciation. Believe me! You need to listen closely to how we nat…
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No text. This podcast is my quick report on how my Turkish studies are going after one month. It's definitely an adventure. Intro & Outro Music: La Pompe Du Trompe by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com Support the show You can now support my podcasts and classes: Help Barry pay for podcast expenses--thank you!…
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There was once a young rat named Arthur, who could never take the trouble to make up his mind. Whenever his friends asked him if he would like to go out with them, he would only answer, ‘I don’t know.’ He wouldn’t say ‘yes’ and he wouldn’t say ‘no’ either. He could never learn to make a choice. His aunt Helen said to him, ‘No one will ever care for…
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English has three nasal sounds. They are “M” as in “mama”, “N” as in “nine”, and /ŋ/ - the ‘ing’ sound, as in “ring.” In making each of these sounds, some air comes out through your nose which is why they are called ‘nasal’ sounds. If you pinch your nose shut while trying to make these sounds, you’ll find they sound very different. If you hum: mmmm…
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About a week ago I decided I would learn some Turkish. Why Turkish you might ask? And the answer is I don't really have a good reason. I'm 75 years old. I'm not going to travel to Turkey. I have no local friends who speak Turkish. So I have no good reason. I don't need it for work. I don't need it for anything. But as far as that goes I don't reall…
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Listen to the following weather report read by an A.I. (artificial intelligence produced) voice. I'll play it twice and then I'll record the same report. Listen to the A.I. reading, then listen to my version, and see if you hear any important differences in pronunciation, rhythm or intonation. “A chance of rain before 8 p.m., then isolated showers …
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Hello, everybody. Barry is resting his voice and he asked me to record this podcast. My name is Hannah. Today’s sentences all include the verb “make” plus a noun. Listen to each sentence 3 or 4 times, and then repeat along with me. 1) Let me make you a fresh cup of hot coffee. 2) She tasted the soup and then made a face. “Too salty!” 3) A landslide…
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A reminder: collocations are words that are commonly used together by native speakers. For example “brand” and “new” are a collocation, as in “Look at my brand new car,” or “All her clothes are brand new.” Here are some collocations using the word “book”. 1) Have you read her most recent book? 2) I like to buy used hardcover books for my grandchild…
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The verb “see” has many collocations. This podcast will introduce you to some of them. Let’s begin. Verb + See: 1) I could see the soldiers coming out of the woods. 2) We went to see the play “Hamlet” yesterday. I love Shakespeare’s plays! 3) We went to South Africa last year and I got to see lots of wild animals. 4) I turned around to see my fathe…
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There are many collocations with the word “heavy”. For example, if one team is very likely to win the football World Cup, you could say “Brazil is the heavy favorite to win tomorrow’s match.” Let’s practice: 1) After walking for three hours my backpack began to feel very heavy. 2) My grandson is getting too heavy to pick up. 3) That box doesn’t loo…
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Collocations are words that commonly go together. Using them makes you sound more like a native speaker. For example, a person might say: “That coffee is really strong!” The words “coffee” and “strong” are often used together. But a native speaker would never say: “That coffee is really powerful!” The words “coffee” and “powerful” are never used to…
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1. Too much exposure to ultraviolet light is bad for your skin. 2. That meal was very unappetizing. 3. He was deliriously happy after winning the lottery. 4. My uncle was a theoretical physicist. 5. Tuberculosis is a terrible disease. 6. I have cousins who live in Scandinavia. 7. Schizophrenia is a mental illness. 8. He failed his last exam spectac…
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1. My idea was rejected for being too risky. 2. Lightning struck a tree and set it on fire. 3. I’m not crazy about the American ‘R’ sound but it’s everywhere. 4. My dog ran after a car yesterday. 5. This is a sentence without any ‘R’ sounds. Well, almost. 6. My reward for working for so many hours? A headache and a sore throat. 7. If I were rich, I…
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1. I want some earthworms for my birthday. 2. There are three thieves in my bathroom. 3. My brother has a theory about everything. 4. He put toothpaste on a feather and brushed his teeth. 5. Mother’s panther loves the bathtub. 6. There are three thousand therapists in New York City. 7. Would you prefer something for dinner or nothing? 8. I wear thi…
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Minimal pairs with /s/ and /z/. /S/ is unvoiced (no vibration in the vocal cords). /Z/ is voiced (the vocal cords are vibrating). Listen: ssssssssssssssssss Now listen to /z/: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz 1) Ace — As I have the ace of spades. There are two letter ‘As’ in the word ‘algebra’. 2) dice — dies He threw his dice and got a seven. This annual flower di…
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1) Oops. Wait a minute. I have to tie my shoelaces. 2) I did some backbreaking work yesterday. Now I have a terrible backache. 3) Some kinds of seaweed are edible. 4) Arizona is running low on groundwater. 5) This applesauce is delicious. Is it homemade? 6) The police put handcuffs on the burglar. 7) I need a haircut. I think I’ll get one tomorrow …
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"We had a plain, simple, unpretending, good hotel, in Baden-Baden—the Hôtel de France—and alongside my room I had a giggling, cackling, chattering family who always went to bed just two hours after me and always got up two hours ahead of me. But this is common in German hotels; the people generally go to bed long after eleven and get up long before…
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This podcast is about the song: "Wreck of the Old 97". On September 27, 1903, there was a terrible train wreck. The story was turned into a famous train song, and the recording by Vernon Dalhart was the first to sell one million copies in the US. Here's a link to a YouTube video which tells the story and shows old photos of the wreck: The Wreck of …
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Here are some more quotes from Mark Twain: 1) Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising. 2) Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. 3) Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved…
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1) Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. 2) Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. 3) There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded. 4) My mother …
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Mark Twain was the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. He is one of my favorite authors and said and wrote many things which we still quote. Here are ten quotes to enjoy while practicing your pronunciation. https://time.com/5313628/mark-twain-real-name/ 1) It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. 2) Whenev…
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She offered scholarships to the most talented students for their outstanding achievements. The architect sketched a beautiful blueprint for the school's new addition. The artist used a delicate brush to create intricate details in the portrait. The athlete's performance was exceptional earning her a gold medal. The author's novel received critical …
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In this podcast I do a deep dive into my pronunciation of two sentences: "The front of the truck was crushed," and "What does Gus want from us?" Happy listening! Intro & Outro Music: La Pompe Du Trompe by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com Support the show You can now support my podcasts and classes: Help Barry pay for podcast expenses--t…
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Noun phrases: 1. I recommend the Italian restaurant down the street. 2. My dentist advises regular brushing and flossing. 3. She suggested several new podcasts from the BBC. 4. The teacher recommended books about the history of Spain. 5. The doctor advised me to get more exercise. 6. My friends recommended a trip to London or Paris. “That clause” 7…
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I’d like to begin this podcast by thanking Teri Kanefield for permission to use an excerpt from her most recent blog. Teri is an author, attorney, and all-around talented and valuable person. You can learn more about her on her website. I’ll read a paragraph from her blog four times. Then I’ll divide it into sentences, or parts of sentences, so you…
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This is the sentence we'll practice in this podcast: What do you think about artificial intelligence? Here's the link to the mp3 loop on Telegram. Listen to the loop for 20-30 minutes daily for a week. As you get to day four or five, or whenever you are confident that you are pronouncing correctly, start listening and repeating. Keep going till it'…
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