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Is English a stress time language?

There are three ways to pronounce the EX sound in English.

Choose the word where the first syllable is stressed.

Choose the word where the second syllable is stressed.

Choose the EX sound that sounds like "eggs".

All dictionaries agree on how to pronounce words.

Which EX sound does not sound like "eggs"?

Good pronunciation can make you sound more like a native speaker.

Which statement does not describe syllables?


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thanks for this useful lesson!

Monday, March 30th 2015

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    Saturday, April 4th 2015

      … making mistakes as usual: … the expression should read:

      “. . . the focus was on three simple and ready-to-be used rules on pronunciation”.

      Sunday, April 12th 2015

    Amusing and workable lesson as usuall James. The focus was on three simple and ready to-be-used rules on pronunciation.

    What I need now is to seize any opportunity that comes up to put them into real practice. Yep, practice makes a big differences when it comes to learning a language.

    Thankful for your commitment and support James.

    Sunday, April 12th 2015

great, so don’t be stressed, just your English language

Monday, March 30th 2015

thanks.

Monday, March 30th 2015

First of all, THanks for your greatest lessons! But i’ve question – why it is different between expand and expact? There are both way followed by consonant?

Monday, March 30th 2015

    Hi everybody, I have the same concern as Nyouta, if I read ‘Expand’ and ‘Expect’ and I do not find difference between them, both of them stress the second syllable and ‘Ex’ is followed by a consonant, so why the have different pronuntiation?

    I appreciate any kind of information about this regard.

    Have a nice day!

    Sunday, April 5th 2015

thanks for the useful lesoon

Monday, March 30th 2015

good lesson Thanks

Monday, March 30th 2015

7 of 9, not bad. Tks James

Monday, March 30th 2015

very useful for me!THANKS

Monday, March 30th 2015

Interesting lesson, James! Thank you :)

Tuesday, March 31st 2015

Interesting and useful lesson, James. Despite I’m not a beginner, I realize I still pronounced every “ex” as /eks/ … thanks a lot for the tips!

Tuesday, March 31st 2015

I googled some of your word of your first example I mean sentence one about pronounce “EKS” . And google gave me a pronounce “IKS”. I don’t know may be I am wrong.

Tuesday, March 31st 2015

    Anyways, Thanks for your video. I listened two times

    Tuesday, March 31st 2015

Thank you so much..i got 7/9

Tuesday, March 31st 2015

Thanks, James!

Tuesday, March 31st 2015

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    Saturday, April 4th 2015

“Good pronunciation is essential to soundING like a native English speaker”. I have never seen before gerund construction like this one.

Tuesday, March 31st 2015

Hy, James, thanks
you so much!

Tuesday, March 31st 2015

thanks a lot or helping us JAMES you are the one…..’VI RINGRAZIO TANTO’

Tuesday, March 31st 2015

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    Tuesday, March 31st 2015

Great!

Tuesday, March 31st 2015

thank you! i couldn’t understand last qwstions

Tuesday, March 31st 2015

Thanks James. Now I am the only Italian girl who can pronounce correctly “X-Man”!

Tuesday, March 31st 2015

Oh, sorry…X-Men!

Tuesday, March 31st 2015

its helping me a lot..to learn english for my IELTS.

Tuesday, March 31st 2015

why not x-man, you are one person,con you explain for me byte, thanks in advance

Tuesday, March 31st 2015

    We use X-Men referring to the title of the film:
    X-Men by Brian Singer or in reference to a team of mutant superheroes in the Marvel Comics universe.
    We usually don’t use it in the singular form.

    Wednesday, April 1st 2015

      Thanks you so much byte. I got it now. You’re right. I coluldn’t think this before

      Thursday, April 2nd 2015

If you don’t mind could I ask a question
what does this sentence mean?
—-as it happens
if anybody answers it I will be happy

Tuesday, March 31st 2015

    Hello!
    I found 2 meanings for “as it happens”
    1. one meaning is “by chance” ” accidentally”, “coincidentally”
    – “Do you have a pen?” “As it happens, I have one in my pocket”
    2. Sometimes it is a short form for :” as soon as it happens”, with the meaning :”as soon as possible”, “immediately”
    – you can find the score of the game on the internet as it happens

    I hope it helps you.

    Tuesday, March 31st 2015

      Thank you so much engread. I understood now. Your examples were clarify as well. I am grateful. With my best wishes to you

      Thursday, April 2nd 2015

Great lesson. Thanks!

Tuesday, March 31st 2015

Good Morning Sir,
I should like to thank you for this lesson. It has been very nice.
Dear Sir I remember having seen you in Toronto but I am not sure. Please do, accept my deepest apologises for disturbing you. I do take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Happy Easter. I hope, I shall see you soon in this web site. I pay my respect to you, Sir James. H

Tuesday, March 31st 2015

Useful lesson, thanks!

Tuesday, March 31st 2015

So many things behind the language XD

Tuesday, March 31st 2015

thanx

Wednesday, April 1st 2015

Wow! I didn’t know this before… Thanks.

Wednesday, April 1st 2015

Thank you so much, Teacher
I love EGZ or “eggsss”

Wednesday, April 1st 2015

I have really struggled to improve my English pronunciation, but at least I think I accomplish that hard mission as native speakers can understand me when I talk with them. Many thanks teacher James :)

Wednesday, April 1st 2015

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Wednesday, April 1st 2015

so happy 100/100

Wednesday, April 1st 2015

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Wednesday, April 1st 2015

thank you ;)

Wednesday, April 1st 2015

Hello,
It was great video for students learning English like me ~:D
Thank you for explaining how to pronounce X

Wednesday, April 1st 2015

Amazing! Thanks so much!

Wednesday, April 1st 2015

Great job!

Wednesday, April 1st 2015

I got 8 out of 9. The last question confuse me a little, but I think got it. Thanks.

Thursday, April 2nd 2015

It is very good lesson. Thanks so much.

Thursday, April 2nd 2015

thanks teacher for useful

Thursday, April 2nd 2015

You are the expert

Friday, April 3rd 2015

James, thanks a lot for tjis lesson! My students were very happy to know these interesting and useful rules )

Friday, April 3rd 2015

7/9 Excellent lesson on how to pronounce the letter “X”, very well explained, exactly what I expect from you James.

Friday, April 3rd 2015

Thanks

Friday, April 3rd 2015

I can not watch the vedio why?

Friday, April 3rd 2015

    probably because our videos are all on Youtube — try using a VPN?

    Monday, April 6th 2015

thanks alot man
that was good

Saturday, April 4th 2015

Good lesson, thanks a lot

Saturday, April 4th 2015

I James, I dint understand, about the syllable… I don’t know how define the stress syllable. :(

Saturday, April 4th 2015

I got 7 from 9. Thanks for your new information to me.

Saturday, April 4th 2015

Very good explanation.
Exact information.
Excellent approach.
What else can one ask for?
Thank you,James.

Sunday, April 5th 2015

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    Saturday, April 18th 2015

Thank You James.

Sunday, April 5th 2015

Thank you, it has been very useful!!!

Sunday, April 5th 2015

thank uuuuuu so much

Sunday, April 5th 2015

Thanks

Monday, April 6th 2015

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Monday, April 6th 2015

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Wednesday, April 8th 2015

thanks very much

Saturday, April 11th 2015

Thank you very much :) I learn for this lesson :) I got 7/9, not bad :)

Saturday, April 11th 2015

This video is “eggs”actly what I wanted

Saturday, April 11th 2015

I got 8 out of 9 but I use my memory instead of understanding

Tuesday, April 14th 2015

Hello, James. I am Renato. I was in Hansa last week. Great lesons. Thanks.

Wednesday, April 15th 2015

actually, this video is really helpful for me because in this time i can make different between eggs and X

Friday, April 17th 2015

thank you, James

Tuesday, April 28th 2015

Thank you, this video help me a lot of!Now i can see the different in the pronuciation!

Saturday, May 2nd 2015

thankyou james it is the first time I have learnt about that sounds thanks again

Monday, May 4th 2015

good!! thank for your class.

Tuesday, May 5th 2015

pretty good!!

Tuesday, May 5th 2015

It’s very good!! Thanks a lot.

Friday, May 15th 2015

Great lesson!

Saturday, May 16th 2015

OH MY GOSH I GOT 7 OUT OF 9 BECAUSE I GOT CONFUSED IN SYLLABUL STRESSES

Monday, June 1st 2015

6 of 9. Thank you James for this lesson. I think, in future i will not do such many mistakes.

Wednesday, June 17th 2015

Thank U !!!

Monday, June 22nd 2015

What a great lesson! James, let me ask you sth. Would you say that the study on phonetics is now useless? Thanks in advance!

Wednesday, July 1st 2015

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    Sunday, July 5th 2015

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Friday, July 3rd 2015

I didn’t get what syllable is :-/ :-/

Friday, July 3rd 2015

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    Tuesday, July 28th 2015

Thanks i got 9/9 :)))

Sunday, August 23rd 2015

thanks James, i got 7/9

Saturday, November 21st 2015

Thanks James

Friday, December 25th 2015

I got 7 out of 9… thanks james.

Saturday, January 2nd 2016

Thank you James, thank you so much.

Wednesday, January 27th 2016

I like this guy and all teachers an amazing

Monday, February 8th 2016

thanks so much

Thursday, February 11th 2016

You are great James, I like your video

Thursday, March 10th 2016

100
Thanks

Monday, April 11th 2016

9/9 right, thank you James

Monday, May 16th 2016

Thanks

Wednesday, June 1st 2016

Thanks a lot. It’s a very useful lesson. I would recomment it to my students

Thursday, June 16th 2016

thank you

Saturday, August 13th 2016

CONGRATULATIONS!! THANKS JAMES :-D

Thursday, August 18th 2016
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