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Monday Motivation for You!
June 10, 2019

Hi to everyone this Monday morning!

Thank you for subscribing and opening this email today - I promise you it will be worth the time you spend reading it :)

Today is a question that many English speakers just "know" without thinking about it ... but for those of you who are NOT native to English, this may be your question too - How do I know whether I need to add an extra syllable to a past-tense -ED word??

Last week we talked about different consonant sounds before the -ED and the voiced/voiceless sounds were the reason you said either "T" or "D" sound at the end (as in walked/worked or lived/loved) This week's video talks about another problem - do I add an extra syllable to the end of the word? - and again, the "T" and "D" have something to do with on...:>

This is a MUCH easier answer (thank goodness :) and again, it's because of the consonant sound at the end of the present tense verb that determines this.

Look at this word - PLANT and the past tense PLANTED. What do you see at the end of the word?

What about this one? LAND and LANDED. What do you see at the end here?

If you DIDN'T know these words, would you try to say /PLANTD/?? or /LANDD/? Probably not...but some people try to, or find other words that have the -ED ending that don't have these consonant sounds and think they need to say the extra syllable. What are these sounds? T and D. You HAVE to say the extra syllable because it would sound terrible if you didn't :P

Click on the video above on my explanation of this concept :)

So ... hope these videos are helping you to SEE how I teach my private students ... I've been teaching these concepts for years and decided it was time to spread my wings to a global audience....:)

I will be doing more online teaching and test prep this summer - if you know anyone that is NOT local to Raleigh, NC but needs a good online teacher - send them my way :) The commute is awesome and all you need is time and desire to learn - and I'm giving a good discount to my next online students - so


So...if you have American English questions - anything you want to ask -
now's the time to send them to me - reply here to have your question added to the list of questions I have to highlight in each week's newsletter!
I will pick one question each week and you could be featured! :)

So two action steps for anyone with questions for me -
1) ASK me questions by replying to this newsletter! I could feature your question in the future!
2) Watch each Q&A as it comes out weekly on Monday mornings! Great way to start your week, right?

And for my American friends - or anyone with other suggestions - how do YOU learn a second language best? What have you tried that has worked for you?? Please reply and let me know! :)

That's all for this week! Hope you enjoyed it - pass it on if you did :)


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