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Pronunciation Studio articles on English words.

Words of 2023

By |December 31st, 2023|Categories: Pronunciation, Words|

2023 - Words of the Year For the first time since COVID  hit in 2020, this year's words of the year aren’t about the pandemic. Instead they are mainly concerned with a different kind [...]

10 New Words 2016

By |December 7th, 2016|Categories: Pronunciation, Words|

10 New Words 2016 Every year the OED (Oxford English Dictionary) adds new words, here is our pick from 2016 - 10 words that sum up the year's social developments perfectly, how to pronounce them and what they [...]

Speak – idioms and phrasal verbs.

By |June 16th, 2016|Categories: Words|

Speak - idioms & phrasal verbs. Do know your 'speak out' from your 'speak up' and your 'speak volumes'? Here's the Pronunciation Studio guide to a very versatile word: [ssba] 1. “speak volumes” Meaning: represent/display [...]


By |May 30th, 2016|Categories: Intonation, Words|

"sorry" - 4 uses [ssba] One of the most overused words in England. Why do English people say sorry so often? Is it a reflex? Do they really mean it? Could it even be a [...]

Speech Idioms

By |April 5th, 2016|Categories: Words, Written English|

Speech Idioms [ssba] We're talking shop this month at Pronunciation Studio. That's right - idioms about speaking. Here are 10 really useful ones that are used to describe speech. I'll stop talking in circles then [...]


By |December 4th, 2015|Categories: Pronunciation, Words, Written English|

Contractions and Apostrophes. You might've /maɪtəv/ already guessed that this article looks at how apostrophes indicate sound in contractions (he's, we'd, I'd've etc.) - a key area of connected speech. Students often tell me that they [...]


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