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Episode 1FREE Lesson for non-members

  • Present Simple of “To Be”
  • There is/are
  • Word Stress & Syllables
  • Rhythm: Sentence Stress
  • North American English Alphabet & Spelling
  • Stop Consonants /p/ and /b/
  • Linking: Same Letters
  • Intonation: Statements & Phone Numbers
  • Reductions: it’s a, got to, Toronto
  • Feelings & Attitude: Surprise

Episode 2FREE Lesson for non-members

  • Present Simple: Other Verbs
  • Word Stress: Two Syllable Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Prepositions
  • Rhythm: Sentence Stress
  • Stop Consonants /t/ and /d/
  • Intonation: Questions
  • Fragments
  • Reductions: I hear you, need to, What’s up?, How are you?
  • Feelings & Attitude: Hesitation

Episode 3 – FREE Lesson for non-members

  • Adverbs of Frequency
  • Compound Sentences
  • Word Stress: Phrasal Verbs
  • Rhythm: Sentence Stress & Thought Groups
  • Stop Consonants /k/ and /g/
  • Final Stop Consonants
  • Linking: Stop Consonants
  • Reductions: Time-Telling Phrases
  • Feelings & Attitude: Wistful

Episode 4

  • Present Continuous
  • Word Stress: Compound Nouns
  • Rhythm: Sentence Stress & Thought Groups
  • Vowels /iy/ and /ɪ/
  • Intonation: Clarification
  • Linking: Stop Consonants
  • Reductions: “-ing”
  • Feelings & Attitude: Frustration

Episode 5

  • (Un)Countable Nouns
  • Word Stress: Nouns & Adjectives
  • Rhythm: Sentence Stress & Thought Groups
  • Vowels /ɛ/ and /æ/
  • “s” Endings
  • Linking Stop Consonants
  • Intonation: Lists
  • Feelings & Attitude: Doubt

Episode 6

  • Gerunds & Infinitives
  • Word Stress: Numbers
  • Rhythm: Prominence
  • Vowels: /ɪ/ and /ɛ/
  • Linking: Consonant to Vowel
  • Intonation: Intensifiers
  • Reductions: kind(s) of, sort of, have to, don’t you
  • Feelings & Attitude: Bragging

Episode 7

  • Comparative & Superlative Adjectives
  • Word Stress: Years
  • Rhythm: Prominence
  • Vowels: /ɑ/ and /ʌ/
  • Linking: Consonant to Vowel
  • Reductions: give me, let me, out of
  • Feelings & Attitude: Anger

Episode 8

  • Past Simple
  • Word Stress: Stress Before Suffix
  • Rhythm: Prominence
  • Vowels:/ɔ/ and /ɝ/
  • “ed” Endings
  • Linking: Consonant to Vowel
  • Intonation: Excitement
  • Reductions: did you
  • Feelings & Attitude: Compliments

Episode 9

  • Imperatives & Prepositions of Time & Place
  • Word Stress: Stress Before Suffix
  • Rhythm: Emphatic Stress
  • Vowels:/ʊ/ and /u/
  • “ed” Endings
  • Intonation: Commands & Suggestions
  • Reductions: front of, out of, lot(s) of
  • Feelings & Attitude: Apologies

Episode 10

  • Will & Be Going To
  • Word Stress: Stress Before Suffix
  • Rhythm: Emphatic Stress
  • Vowels: /ɝ/ and /ɛ/
  • Intonation: Statements with “or”
  • Reductions: going to, want to, has to
  • Feelings & Attitude: “Mmm”

Episode 11

  • Modals of Politeness
  • Word Stress: Stress On Suffix
  • Rhythm: Emphatic Stress
  • Vowels: /æ/ and /ʌ/
  • Intonation: Requests
  • Reductions: Questions with “he”
  • Inferences: Polite Rejection

Episode 12

  • Complex Sentences & Possessive Nouns and Pronouns
  • Word Stress: Stress On Suffix
  • Rhythm: Schwa /ə/
  • Vowels: /ɑ/ and /ɝ/
  • Intonation: Questions with “or”
  • Reductions: Dropping the /h/ sound
  • Inferences: Nervous

Language Groups

In these shorter lessons based on stories, practice common problems in English for speakers of these different languages.

Spanish

  • Vocabulary: False Friends
  • Grammar: Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Word Stress for Longer Words
  • Rhythm: Sentence Stress
  • Vowels & Consonants: /p, v, b/ and /iy , ɪ/ and /u. ʊ/ 
  • Dictation Practice

French

  • Vocabulary: False Friends
  • Grammar: Present Continuous
  • Word Stress for Longer Words
  • Rhythm: Vowel Reduction
  • Vowels & Consonants: /ʧ, ʤ/, /h/, and /r/ 
  • Dictation Practice

Chinese

  • Vocabulary: Plurals
  • Grammar: Articles
  • Word Stress & Rhythm
  • Vowels & Consonants:  /l, r/ and /v, w/ and /θ, ð/
  • Intonation
  • Dictation Practice
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