Comedy in English – US Style

This will help English learners to understand American stand-up comedy.
Please remember to click on “captions” as the video has English subtitles.

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Bill Burr- Stand-up Comedy

Bill Burr is an American stand-up comedian from Massachusetts.

Watch his stand up set above, which has been subtitled in English for English learners. It also has some explanations of terms or phrases that may be new.

Feel free to use this dictionary for any other unknown words you hear. Enjoy!

If the video does not load above, click here to play in on youtube.

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Coloring Outside The Lines

How is spoken language linked to reading?

Child Hears and learns Phonemes

Lets review: Language acquisition is a natural process which is both genetic and environmental.  At birth infants are able to imitate all the sounds of language, unfortunately as they learn their countries particular language they begin to lose some of those sounds.  If a child is  unable to distinguish phonemes they will have difficulty in processing words.  It is crucial to expose to a variety of literature from infancy.

Learning words and morphemes

As children begin to speak they converse both on a simple and complex level.   Songs and rhymes benefit learning process. Processing disorders or brain damage may impede learning words.  Vocabulary is gained quickly from 18 months on.  Visual aides and manipulatives facilitate learning of new concepts.

I have seen how processing disorders delay language acquisition first hand.  At the age of two I remember being so proud…

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Read. Know. Learn. Go.

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howjsay is a free online pronunciation dictionary. Type in a word and it will give you the English pronunciation, in both British and American English. Try typing “advertisement” to see how it’s done.

There is also an app, but it costs ¥300 (iOS) and ¥257 (Android), as of today.


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IELTS Listening Task: Aim for Band 7.5

03.02.14 - Listening Ticket Touts - Questions

Here is a very challenging listening task taken from the BBC. This task is aimed at students aiming for 7.5; students aiming for 6 or 6.5 are likely to find it challenging. Give it your best shot:

We’ll post the answers next week.

  1. What is the name of the owner if the ticket agency?
  2. Where is the ticket agency based?
  3. Name one of the shows that will sell its tickets 6 months in advance
  4. How many day seats might be on sale?
  5. How late was Mary Ann able to get tickets for the theatre?
  6. What is the name of the Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House?
  7. What percentage of tickets is under £40 at the Royal Opera House?
  8. At what prices do the touts resell the tickets?
  9. How long have people been trying to solve the issue of ticket touts?
  10. Where are the reputable ticket sellers listed?

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