Do native speakers have a hard time understanding you? Even if you know grammar and vocabulary, your pronunciation can prevent native speakers from understanding what you’re saying. This lesson will help you with the difference between the
long a sounds in American English. You’ll have a chance to listen to the difference between these two sounds and to practice your pronunciation with me, using common English words and sentences. If you don’t understand the difference between these sounds, it can be confusing to the people you’re speaking to. In some cases, it can change the entire meaning of your sentence! Watch and practice with this easy class to master these sounds.
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.
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
Glad to see you again !
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. :)
Hello Alex. Thank you for this video. I
Sorry; I’ll continue: I’ve got a question. What does jaws mean in this sentence: …by the bloodthirsty jaws. Please help me! Thanks.
Thanks for your lesson!
My pleasure. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for clicking!
A very useful lesson, but now my jaws are aching…:)
Haha. The pain means it’s working and you’re improving!
Thanks, Alex! …Can I ask one thing about your T-shirt? Is it Kaonashi in Spirited Away??
Yep! It’s No Face (English name) from Spirited Away, which is one of my favourite animated films.
Thanks for your reply! No Face :)… good translation from the original words.
Hi, Alex! Thanks so much for this very important lesson about pronunciation. i enjoyed so much. A hug.
Thanks for checking it out, marcelo. I’m glad you found the video useful!
Thanks Alex, that was really helpful. and nice t-shirt btw . spirited away is one of my favorite anime movies
Same here. I like the majority of Studio Ghibli films.
Thanks teacher. This lesson is very helpul for us…!!
You’re welcome, Jakub. I’m glad you enjoyed the lesson!
in british english is it like ‘o’ in the word dog?I mean second option like in the word hot
Thank you Alex. Not easy but possible :)
That’s the right attitude to have. Keep practicing, byte!
You are a great English teacher.
Love you all.
Hi Alex. ??
what is the meaning if someoen said “your dayghter is a ginger”???
thank u teacher
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.
Thanks for your help!
Well done , thank so much
At the end I wish you success
Thank you ?
Funny lesson teacher!!!
Haha. I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for watching, and I hope I made you laugh.
Thank you Mr. Alex
You’re very welcome, soozoo! Thanks for checking out the lesson.
Your lesson was very good!!
Thanks very much!
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 ;)
Hello Alex. I like very much your lessons. Thakns a lot!
Great class! Thank you!
is there a rule we can follow to know if the word has a long or short sound?
I like it. Your class is so good.
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.
I start learn englich with you Alex. it’s will for me thank you so much for the lesson.
Thanks to you my teacher that was a great lesson
Well done .You have a sweet soul
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.
Excuse me ,how I start learning English I forgett every thing about English vocabulary gramer listening
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!
Thanks a lot !
this is the amazing video I have ever seen about pronunciation thanks a lot 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,
Thanks Alex, There are any rule that help us when use short or long A
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. =)
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.
your lectures is very good! :))) Thanks
thanks a lot for this video
Thanks a lot! It`s great lesson.
Thank you Alex! I learnd a lot
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!
AMAZING!AMAZING!AMAZING!AND NOTHING MORE TO SAY.THANKS ALEX
This lesson is necessary! Thanks Mr. Alex.
I enjoyed my first lesson with you,Alex
Thanks Alex. This lesson is very useful for me…
That video was very good and useful for me. Thank teacher Alex
Hello Mr.Alex. Can I have your Facebook nickname?
Thank teacher Alex
thanks alex !!
Thank Alex, very goog lesson.
I enjoyed my first lesson with you,Alex
thank u so much
Thanks! Very good lesson!!
Hi alexx, at the first time i got confused about the different with the short and long A pro. But tq for this video.. i learned a lot xoxo
that’s one of the best pronunciation lessons that I have ever seen. thanks very much for the video.
I love to listen to you with me in the first step to learn
thanks a lot of for this good lesson Mr alex
Great lesson Alex! Thank you for that!
By the way, those examples you have given us sound like tongue twisters. Haha! I liked them!
One more special lesson on pronunciation sounds! Thanks Alex for sharing your knowledge with all of us.
congratulations Alex, I like it your classes
thank you teacher :9
Great job teacher.
perfect…that what i was looking for,,,pronunciation lessons ..thank you
Awesome lesson!! Thank you!
Thank a lot Alex
finally i have learned how to pronounce ‘coffee’ thanks Alex
Great lesson about pronuciation! thank you
Nice Alex. Thanks so much.
thanks brother ….
Thanks so much.
thank you so much
Thank you ? Alex
I like your methode thank you, you make every thing easy.
I couldn’t like more. Thank you for this wonderful lesson.
IT WAS VERY INTERESTING. THANKS
gracias por esta lección… buena pedagogía