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Excellent lesson on pronunciation Alex. A long/short vowel sound can make a real difference in meaning.
Once I was told that the minimal pair technique is a helpful approach to contrast sounds and meanings. Is that really so Alex?

That’s it for me now. See you round.

Monday, June 5th 2017

    Well, in fact this is the technique you used in today’s video to contrast sounds and meaning.

    As far as I could see, teaching pronunciation is not that easy.It demands special abilities on the part of the teacher, doesn’t it? You’re a gifted teacher Alex.
    It goes beyond any doubt. Thanks

    Monday, June 5th 2017

      Hi Alex
      Glad to see you again !

      Tuesday, June 6th 2017

      Thanks, Regino. Minimal pairs are a big problem, and it’s why pronunciation practice is so important.

      Like anything, pronunciation requires a specific skill set and knowledge. I’m still learning as well. :)

      Wednesday, June 7th 2017

        Hello Alex. Thank you for this video. I

        Friday, June 23rd 2017

          Sorry; I’ll continue: I’ve got a question. What does jaws mean in this sentence: …by the bloodthirsty jaws. Please help me! Thanks.

          Friday, June 23rd 2017

Thanks for your lesson!

Tuesday, June 6th 2017

    My pleasure. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for clicking!

    Wednesday, June 7th 2017

A very useful lesson, but now my jaws are aching…:)

Tuesday, June 6th 2017

    Haha. The pain means it’s working and you’re improving!

    Wednesday, June 7th 2017

Thanks, Alex! …Can I ask one thing about your T-shirt? Is it Kaonashi in Spirited Away🌊?

Tuesday, June 6th 2017

    Yep! It’s No Face (English name) from Spirited Away, which is one of my favourite animated films.

    Wednesday, June 7th 2017

      Thanks for your reply! No Face :)… good translation from the original words.

      Wednesday, June 7th 2017

Hi, Alex! Thanks so much for this very important lesson about pronunciation. i enjoyed so much. A hug.

Tuesday, June 6th 2017

    Thanks for checking it out, marcelo. I’m glad you found the video useful!

    Wednesday, June 7th 2017

Thanks Alex, that was really helpful. and nice t-shirt btw . spirited away is one of my favorite anime movies

Tuesday, June 6th 2017

    Same here. I like the majority of Studio Ghibli films.

    Wednesday, June 7th 2017

Thanks teacher. This lesson is very helpul for us…!!

Tuesday, June 6th 2017

    You’re welcome, Jakub. I’m glad you enjoyed the lesson!

    Wednesday, June 7th 2017

in british english is it like ‘o’ in the word dog?I mean second option like in the word hot

Tuesday, June 6th 2017

Thank you Alex. Not easy but possible :)

Tuesday, June 6th 2017

    That’s the right attitude to have. Keep practicing, byte!

    Wednesday, June 7th 2017

You are a great English teacher.

Love you all.

Tuesday, June 6th 2017

Hi Alex. 👍🏻

Tuesday, June 6th 2017

    Czesc, Darek!

    Wednesday, June 7th 2017

what is the meaning if someoen said “your dayghter is a ginger”???
thank u teacher

Tuesday, June 6th 2017

    It means she has reddish-brown of orange hair. Similar to sentences like:

    He’s a blonde.
    She’s a brunette.
    He’s a ginger.

    Wednesday, June 7th 2017

Thanks for your help!

Tuesday, June 6th 2017

Well done , thank so much
At the end I wish you success

Tuesday, June 6th 2017

Thank you 😊

Tuesday, June 6th 2017

Thank you

Tuesday, June 6th 2017

Thank you.

Wednesday, June 7th 2017

Funny lesson teacher!!!

Wednesday, June 7th 2017

    Haha. I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for watching, and I hope I made you laugh.

    Wednesday, June 7th 2017

Thank you Mr. Alex

Wednesday, June 7th 2017

    You’re very welcome, soozoo! Thanks for checking out the lesson.

    Wednesday, June 7th 2017

Your lesson was very good!!
Thanks very much!

Wednesday, June 7th 2017

I seemed as a complete stupid pronouncing all the words after you. Fortunately nobody else was at home. But as always, I follow your advice and I do everything that´s necessary to improve my English!
Thanks a lot Alex ;)

Wednesday, June 7th 2017

Awesome

Wednesday, June 7th 2017

Hello Alex. I like very much your lessons. Thakns a lot!

Wednesday, June 7th 2017

Great class! Thank you!

Wednesday, June 7th 2017

is there a rule we can follow to know if the word has a long or short sound?

Wednesday, June 7th 2017

I like it. Your class is so good.

Thursday, June 8th 2017

Brilliant teacher Alex,
If someone else teach this kind of lessons is quite boring to learn. But with you it’s enjoyable.
Thanks for making pronunciation based vedio.

Thursday, June 8th 2017

I start learn englich with you Alex. it’s will for me thank you so much for the lesson.

Thursday, June 8th 2017

Thanks to you my teacher that was a great lesson

Thursday, June 8th 2017

Well done .You have a sweet soul

Thursday, June 8th 2017

Really teacher Alex deserves a grant to follow his lessons, I would invest money to learn English if I were rich but I always lose my savings doing stupid things like flying. It’s an important choice to know the difference between short and long vowels because there are more than two “a”, I believe they are five in total, a hard work to enquiry and identify all of these sounds, you have to listen to a lot of teachers with patience and then practice with your friends and people but the time is the problem. If I could, I would listen to the English language 24 hours by day, it’s a utopian idea to do that. Thanks a lot, teacher Alex, I will be one that will be very grateful for your effort and I will be a supporter in the future but now I am unemployed and I need to find a good job.

Thursday, June 8th 2017

Excuse me ,how I start learning English I forgett every thing about English vocabulary gramer listening

Thursday, June 8th 2017

Wonderful lesson as ever. I was amazed when i listened you reading the two columns together… Words with different meaning and only a different sound…! Great Teacher…!!!
Thank you very much, Alex!

Friday, June 9th 2017

Thanks a lot !

Friday, June 9th 2017

this is the amazing video I have ever seen about pronunciation thanks a lot Alex

Friday, June 9th 2017

Alex,
Many thanks for this lesson! It’s a real pleasure to listen to you. Special thanks for good advice and your pronuncination. It is hard to believe English isn’t your mother tongue. I am very impressed by your way of teaching. Every time I recommend my students to watch your video lessons.They are great!
The best from Russia,
Nataliya

Friday, June 9th 2017

Thanks Alex, There are any rule that help us when use short or long A

Friday, June 9th 2017

Oh my god u and the others teachers are absolutely professional. I am a foreign languages teacher and I like to use your methodology for my classes. =)

Friday, June 9th 2017

Oh my god u and the others teachers are absolutely professional. I am a foreign languages teacher and I like to use your methodology for my classes.

Friday, June 9th 2017

your lectures is very good! :))) Thanks

Friday, June 9th 2017

thanks a lot for this video

Saturday, June 10th 2017

Thanks a lot! It`s great lesson.

Saturday, June 10th 2017

Thank you Alex! I learnd a lot

Saturday, June 10th 2017

thanks Alex

Thursday, June 15th 2017

thanks teacher, this lesson was very good
Hey everyone, somebody want to me add in skype ? for we practice us english ??
if you say yes, me add viniciusdanas :)) on the skype!

Friday, June 16th 2017

AMAZING!AMAZING!AMAZING!AND NOTHING MORE TO SAY.THANKS ALEX

Friday, June 16th 2017

This lesson is necessary! Thanks Mr. Alex.

Saturday, June 17th 2017

I enjoyed my first lesson with you,Alex
thanks alot.

Sunday, June 18th 2017

Thanks Alex. This lesson is very useful for me…

Sunday, June 18th 2017

That video was very good and useful for me. Thank teacher Alex

Wednesday, June 21st 2017
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