It was very interesting to find out how russians generally sound for foreigners. You are the second person I see for the last 3 weeks, who says that russians speak loud or rude, whatever it is (the first one was an american). We usually don’t notice that. I used to think that the japanese, the chinese and koreans speak quite rough. Now I start thinking I was wrong))). Thank you for the opportunity to look at ourselves in a mirror. Вам тоже удачи.

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    It is always interesting to know how people sees out performance in the foreign language.
    To tell the truth, we are not always aware(conscious)of that (how we pronounce) English, for example).

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      Hi Benjamin, how’ve you been?

      Contrasting sounds is a good technique to improve pronunciation.

      In this lesson you clearly showed the point of articulation of some consonants at initial position which was really great.

      It helps a lot to pronounce consonants correctly.

      Thanks a million for this pronunciation lesson.

      Bye for now.

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    I think you shouldn’t worry about that. Every nation sounds somehow. The Russian language itself sounds soft and nice. You have got even a letter called ‘soft sign’ in your alphabet ;-)

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      That’s exactly what I thought russian sounds like. In fact I love russian, english and a couple of other languages, none of them seem rude or even loud to me. So I’m just surprised and wandering why))).

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        * wondering*

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        When I arrived to the USA I was really surprised that Americans speak so loud, emotionally and quickly even at public places, for example on the bus. So I can’t agree that Russian is a loud language. I think it depends on person who speaks :)

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          I agree with you, the way things are said or pronounced depends on who is speaking and what level is his education. I wouldn’t define Russian language as loud and rude even if I don’t speak Russian but I often hear it through music (lyrics). If I had to add something, I would say German a little bit more difficult for ears but only when it is spoken. Listen to a Schubert lieder (and all the sung classical German music) and you get delighted by the softness of words.
          Furthermore, there are lots of spelling and pronunciation differences between British and American English such as “direct“, the vowel “i“ being a long vowel in BE and a short one in AE.
          What I always do is checking the phoneme of each word I am not sure of and trying to memorize it.

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          I agree too. And very much surprised by what you’ve said about German lieders, I’m gonna listen to it soon.

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Thank you for your lesson.I ‘m not Rassian but I got the benefit too.

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Very good!!! It´s a very important for speak English.


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I’m not a Russian but like pronunciation lessons. Thank you, Benjamin :)

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Hi everyone! I totally agree with you Benjamin on the tone of our questions, we really ignore it and sometimes pronounce them just like any other affirmative phrases. For the consonants, maybe vocalized and unvoiced TH sounds are really difficult but only when there are some other confusing sounds in there, in words like FURTHERMORE, NEVERTHELESS, etc… But thanks for this great lesson! You’re hilarious :)

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    Oh, totally agree with you! Furthermore, nevertheless are so difficult to pronounce.

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      These words are difficult for us to pronounce but it’s just Further+more and never+the+less. We have much more complex vocabulary in Russian. I think Здравствуйте is harder word than Furthermore :)

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    you’re right :)

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. None of the pronunciation sounds here in focus, is a problem to Portuguese pupils, except the “th”, e.g. thirsty, thirteen, fifth, smooth. When a Portuguese say this words, you will know immediately.

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Hi, everyone. I would like to ask – Are there any opportunity to make flipping one lesson after another in the chronological order?

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Thank you for this video.But where is the quiz?

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Oh, thank you so much for this great lesson for russian speakers! You’re adorable!

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Thank you for this useful lesson, Benjamin.

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Thanks for the lesson. But I really doubt that any Russians could have any problems with pronounciation “T” and “D” sounds, cause we also have both of these sounds and separate letter for each one (“Т” and “Д”).

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    This is a source of the problem. We believe that English ‘T’ and ‘D’ are the same as Russian’s ones. However, it is not true. Using Russian sounds make Russian pronunciation so recognizable.

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British accent is awesome! ^_^ Thank you for the lesson, really `th` and `ng` sounds are the most difficult for me.

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thank you my teacher . um from Yemen but it was helpful 4 me. have a nice time

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Thank you very much.I learn alot.I would like to explain how pronounce Field.In English two
Vowel letters. We pronounce the first one for example pain, main ext.

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thank you so much!!!

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Very nice

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I’m ukrainian and in my country many people use russian,and this lesson will be so useful for ukrainian too. Thank you, Benjamin, I really liked lesson because Russian speakers people make a lot of mistakes in pronunciation. Спасибо, удачи Вам всем :)

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Very nice…thank you very much for this losses.

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In Russian language falling intonation of question shows that the person who asks is calm,
and rising intonation of question shows
that the questioner will rush to the right or left depending on the answer …. or something like that.
In English Yes/No questions being pronounced falling intonation sound rude.

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Thank you Benjamin. Nobody likes Russians.

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    this is a very bold statement, carefree.
    I hope you don’t mean it:)

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    In French we say “more stupid, you die“…………

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For me as a Russian speaker the hardest thing to pronounce would be the w-v consonant pairs.. ((

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THANK YOU BENJAMIN! YOU FORGOT ALSO(for russian nationality): (cAn,thAt);(wERE/hER). THANK YOU.

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Thank you!

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Benjamin, thanks ever so much )
But, a question.. Why do you call ‘l’ sound dark?
They say, there should a ‘clear’ one before vowels and in all your examples it IS before a vowel

Dark one occurs generally at the end of words… like


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Thank you for this lesson,Benjamin.
I like your lesson.

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thank u benjamin for ur short tips

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Thank you for this lesson, I am a Chinese speaker and we also have many pronciation problems even though some Chinese speaker can speak english very frequently but others still will know that must be Chinese ! I suppose there are more tone marks in Chinese language than english! So could you do a lesson for Chinese speaker if possible? I would be appreciate. Many thanks

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    There are no tone marks in English at all! So yes, you could say there’s more in Chinese. I’ll add your request to the list of future lessons and we’ll see which teacher picks it!

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Cool lesson,Thanks Benjamin

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TH is a problem to me! Thanks for this lesson!

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    and for me too…

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Very nice lesson Benjamin.Thanks!

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very useful lesson and I like your way of teaching pronunciation. Thanks Ben

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Are u Russian?

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I have found it interesting. But actually the English vowels seem much more challenging for me. I cannot notice difference between “æ” and “e”. There are the same problems with long and short vowels.

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I’m not Russian but the lesson was very helpful and interesting for me ! thx a lot

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Thx for the lesson! I had no idea what falling intonation in questions sounds rude. Will try to fix the problem now.

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I’m a Russian speaker! In my opinion, the biggest problem is that we don’t hear a big difference in these sounds. The original problem is hearing, but not a pronunciation. So, we have to hear more carefully!

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Very helpful. I have been living in the USA and I had English classes for 4 years and nobody corrected me. Thank you very much, great teacher.

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    Maybe your teacher thinks that correct your pronunciation isn’t polite. If people understand what you said, no problem.

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Thank you so much Benjamin. I really like your lesson.

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where is the quiz benjamin?

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good)) and can you make a video like this for armenian speakers) thanks in advance))))

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OMG! I loved your coat! :)
It’s bloody gorgeous! o.O

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thanks, Benjamin. Pronunciation needs more practise and correction.

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Thank you, Benjamin. I think there are no problems with T and D sounds.

But when I’d listening to you I wonder how you pronounce vowels. British pronounciation of vowel sounds is the hardest thing for me.

Also it’s very hard for me (as I’m Russian) to always put the emphasis up in questions.

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I would like to notice that between Russia and Germany there is Poland. We are not the smallest country in Europe ;)

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Thanks from Russian speaker for this lesson. I always forget about intonation in questions because we don’t use it in Russian language we just knew it was a question. Your lesson is very helpful.

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thank you sir it was very helpful lesson

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Thanks a lot for the lesson)))

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Thank you for the lesson but I didn’t get how to pronounce R… (((

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Thanks a lot!

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All the time I am notice prononsiation of russian people…….anyway if you want to learn Foreign language your tongue must udapt,,,good luck everyone!

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This lesson is very useful! Thank you a lot!

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Hi Benjamin! I have a problem pronouncing letter “L” in some words, depending on it position in a word. Sometimes it sounds like “V”. It was found a long ago by my teacher who recorded my speech, however, I still have this problem. It often cause misunderstanding during a conversation. Benjamin, what do you think I can do? are you planning to have a lesson for “L” pronunciation? Thank you! Miron (mteshler@gmail.com)

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Yes, even when I met the compatriots away from Russia, and someone said: Hi! (just one word), I immediately knew he was Russian. Because we often pronounce H like KH (not exactly «KH», but in English is not the corresponding letter).

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This lesson is very important for all students that want improve your pronunciation. Thanks, by all staff of engvid.com

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Thank you, Benjamin! Your lessons are always very usefull and interesting! Good luck to you and all the best!

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Maybe, the most difficult is to produce the sound of”th”. For brazilian speakers it’s difficult because we confuse with “T” and “D” sounds. Thanks for this lesson Benjamin!

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Thanks you! แต่ English listening rarely out

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Thank you Benjamin! This lesson was very useful for my pronunciation, again, thanks a lot!

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Thank you for the lesson of phonetics. We really have different sounds and intonations. But it also depends on a person’s manner to speak :)

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Thank you, this lesson was very helpful for me.

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thank you for the lesson, nevertheless, every time i hear the way someone´s speaking i can´t realize the diferences of his/her words. what can i do to notice these differences?

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this is good for me to learn english

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It’s time to face the music for russian speakers …
as they say, there are many Englishes nowadays including Chinese, Russian, Indian ect. In my opinion, “Russian English” is the worst one. and it’s not just about pronunciation. it’s about attitude. Once you start off learning a new language, you should, literally speaking, forget about your own language. By this I mean you should’t make any references or even worse, comparisons with your own language grammar, pronunciation etc. It doesn’t work. You have to learn it as a child if you want to succed. Last but not least, superiority feelings towards other cultures and languages will definately result in your failure.

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Pls let me know where can I take the quiz for this lesson?

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Thanks Benjamin.

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Thanks a lot!

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Thanks. It is very nice lesson.

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