Say Different City Names in English


Paris Map by Stefano Creative Commons: Attribution

Some cities have slightly different names in English to the way their names in other languages. Some of these are different pronunciations of the same spelling, such as Paris; others are wildly different, such as Florence and Prague. This week’s podcast teaches you how to say different city names in English. Download the podcast by right-clicking the link below.

6 – City Names in English

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Your New Speaking Coach: Your Phone


These days a lot of people have smartphones. I think maybe only my parents have slim phones that only make calls and receive text messages.

Most people use their smartphones for games or internet surfing or email. Some people use them to time their runs and record how many miles they have run. However, there is a great tool for language learners that doesn’t need you to install an app. It can help coach your pronunciation. Your new speaking coach is the voice input tool. Every smartphone has one and this is how you use it.

First, open your notepad app, make sure your input language is English then click the microphone for voice input.


Next, speak, and wait for your phone to type what you said.


If the words look like what you said, great.

If not, keep practising.

Voice input is rarely perfect but it is often very good, even if I use my hometown accent. Keep practising and you can have more accurate pronunciation.

‘It’ Sounds Like ‘Id’


Today’s podcast is about the way native speakers pronounce words to allow them to flow together more quickly. I look at ‘flap D’, the way written ‘t’ turns to a ‘d’ sound in spoken English, then I look at inserting a ‘w’ sound between two vowels to allow words to run together quickly.

I hope this is useful. Tell your friends if it is. Don’t forget to like this site on Facebook and Twitter.

24th January 2014

Thirteen or Thirty?


So many students ask me how to tell the difference between the teens (13-19) and multiples of ten (20, 30, 40, etc.) when they are listening or trying to pronounce or intone them correctly. This podcast will help you listen to and pronounce numbers more easily.

The quick way to remember them is: thirTEEN and THIRty.

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15 Jan 2014 Numbers