In today’s Embarrassing English Errors episode I teach you guys the slight difference in pronunciation between the words WONDER & WANDER.
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Embarrassing English Errors: Wonder & Wander
G’day guys. Welcome to this episode of Embarrassing English Errors. Today I want to do the words “Wonder” and “Wander”, “Wonder” and “Wander”.
So, both of these words can actually be a verb “To wander” or “To wonder” and a noun “A wonder”, “A wander”. With regards to the word “Wonder” as a verb it means to desire to know something, to feel curious. So, “To wonder”. “I wonder what job I’ll have in the future”. “I wonder what I’ll do tomorrow when my friend comes over”. As a noun, “A wonder” is a feeling of amazement and admiration caused by something beautiful, remarkable or unfamiliar, “A wonder”. “Have you explored the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef?”. So, that’s an example of that one.
“Wander” as a verb, “To wander”, means to walk or to move in a leisurely way. So, it’s kind of like to walk slowly with no real speed to it. It’s just to take your time and enjoy the walk. “I’m just wandering around town at the moment, I’m just going for a wander in the park”. And the noun, “A wander” is again a walk with no specific destination. So, a leisurely walk with no real specific destination. So, you could say, “I’m going for a wander in the park. I’m going for a wander in the forest. Do you want to go for a wander with me?”
So, what are some words in English that sound like “Wonder”?
And what are some words in English that sound like “Wander”?
And I guess too something to discuss here quickly before we move onto the next exercises, the word “Wonder” is spelt with an “O”, “W-O-N-D-E-R”, “Wonder”. So, one way of thinking about the spelling of this when you write it if you’re trying to say that “I wonder why?” is to think of the word that is the past tense of the verb “To win”, “I won”. It sounds exactly the same. “Wonder”, “Won”, “Wonder”.
“Wander” on the other hand, is a difficult one because there aren’t too many words in English, I think, that are pronounced like an “On” sound but spelt with an “A”, but one cheat, or one little trick, could be if you’re thinking of going for “A wander”, like a walk, “A wander”, to think of the pronunciation or the spelling think of Harry Potter and his “Wand”, ‘cause that’s said in exactly the same way. “He has a wand, he uses his wand while he goes for a wander.” So, that’s one way of thinking about it.
So, let’s start by practicing the two different vowel sounds guys back to back 10 times:
Note: I’m going to spell them “Un” and “On” instead of “On” and “An”, respectively, in the following two exercises.
Un – on x 10
So, let’s go through and practice some different consonants in front of these two different vowel sounds guys.
Wun – Won
Tun – Ton
Sun – Son
Lun – Lon
Cun – Con
Fun – Fon
Stun – Ston
Blun – Blon
Drun – Dron
Yun – Yon
Vun – Von
Zun – Zon
Pun – Pon
Bun – Bon
Nun – Non
Mun – Mon
Run – Ron
And let’s finish up with some pronunciation practice of these words in their entirety 10 times back to back.
Wonder – wander x 10
So, that’s it for today guys. If you have any other suggestions with regards to sounds or words that you have difficulty pronouncing in English feel free to send me a message on Facebook or comment below on this link when I post it up and let me know what you’d like help with. Until next times guys, all the best!
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In this Pronunciation episode of Aussie English I teach you how contracting HAS onto HE, SHE and IT is easy!
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Pronunciation: Contracting HAS onto HE, SHE & IT
G’day guys. Welcome to this episode of Aussie English. Today we’re going to be contracting the word HAS onto the pronouns HE, SHE and IT. So, in the previous episode we did HAVE onto the pronouns I, YOU, WE and THEY. And so, now we’re going to effectively do exactly the same exercise but with HAS, which is the singular form of the verb TO HAVE in the present tense.
So, let’s just dive straight into it guys, and we’ll practice the listen and repeat exercise as we always do at the start where I’m going to say HE HAS followed by HE’S, SHE HAS followed by SHE’S and IT HAS followed by IT’S five times. So, listen and repeat after me guys, and practice your pronunciation.
Listen and repeat:
He has – he’s x 5
She has – she’s x 5
It has – it’s x 5
So, HAS here is usually left uncontracted if said on its own followed by something like a noun, because it can otherwise be confused with the contraction of IS. So, obviously, contracting HE HAS sounds like HE’S and contracting HE IS sounds like HE’S. So, if you’re talking about possessing something but you’re not using any other word in that sentence, for example, GOT, after HAS, you’ll leave HAS uncontracted, or else you’re going to confuse it. So,
HE HAS A CAT = HE’S A CAT,
HE IS A CAT = HE’S A CAT.
If I was to hear, HE’S A CAT, my automatic assumption would be that someone is saying HE IS A CAT contracted. So, if you want to contract HAS in this sense and you want to avoid confusion add the word GOT after the contraction of HAS onto the pronoun. And so, for example, you would say HE’S GOT A CAT meaning HE HAS A CAT instead of HE’S A CAT. Hopefully that makes sense guys. We’ll do some substitution exercises in a sec[ond] which will add the word GOT into phrases with HAS when it’s contracted in order to help you practice that.
And also, obviously, HAS can be contracted when forming the Present Perfect tense. So when the verb TO HAVE is followed by a past participle. So, HE HAS BEEN becomes HE’S BEEN, SHE HAS WATCHED becomes SHE’S WATCHED, and IT HAS TAKEN becomes IT’S TAKEN.
So, let’s do a substitution exercise guys. The very first one I’m going to focus on using HAS plus the word GOT. So, as I said in the previous episode the form HAS GOT can be used in two different ways primarily. The first one is when it’s followed by a noun and you’re contracting HAS and it’s just that idea of possession. So, HE’S GOT A CAT, HE’S GOT A CAR, HE’S GOT A HOUSE. And then there’s the second one HAS GOT + A VERB which means HE MUST DO SOMETHING, HE NEEDS TO DO SOMETHING, HE HAS TO DO SOMETHING, HE’S GOT TO DO SOMETHING. So, it’s that idea of NEED, MUST, HAVE TO, you’ve got to do it.
So, listen and repeat after me guys, and as I’ve said previously as well, if this is too advanced to start with, and it’s a bit too complicated, use this substitution exercise as a listen and repeat exercise and just practice your pronunciation. However, if you want to treat it as a substitution exercise then instead of repeating the first sentence that I say try and contract the first one and then listen to me say the second one as it’s the answer to the contraction of the first sentence.
So, here we go guys.
Substitution exercise: HAS + GOT
He has got time.
He’s got time.
It has got a new colour.
It’s got a new colour.
She has got several pets.
She’s got several pets.
It has got to be enough.
It’s got to be enough.
It has got a few features.
It’s got a few features.
He has got two brothers.
He’s got two bothers.
She has got to leave soon.
She’s got to leave soon.
She has got a lot on her mind.
She’s got a lot on her mind.
He has got nothing else to say.
He’s got nothing else to say.
She has got nothing to do today.
She’s got nothing to do today.
She has got an old pair of shoes.
She’s got an old pair of shoes.
He has got to stop asking questions.
He’s got to stop asking questions.
It has got four rooms and a garage.
It’s got four rooms and a garage.
It has got a number of different uses.
It’s got a number of different uses.
He has got two times as much as she has got.
He’s got two times as much as she’s got.
And so, now guys we’ll do the second substitution exercise where this time I’m going to be using the word HAS followed by a PAST PARTICIPLE of a verb. So, we’re talking about something that HAS HAPPENED.
And so, here we go guys.
Substitution exercise: HAS + PAST PARTICIPLE
It has been too long!
It’s been too long!
She has asked a few times.
She’s asked a few times.
It has taken ages to finish.
It’s taken ages to finish.
She has been learning to sing.
She’s been learning to sing.
He has eaten all of her dinner.
He’s eaten all of her dinner.
It has gotten worse and worse.
It’s gotten worse and worse.
She has tried her hardest to win.
She’s tried her hardest to win.
He has done more than we asked.
He’s done more than we asked.
He has just gotten home from work.
He’s just gotten home from work.
It has definitely changed my opinion.
It’s definitely changed my opinion.
He has just finished training at the gym.
He’s just finished training at the gym
She has watched the movie several times.
She’s watched the movie several times.
So, that’s it guys. Practice this episode a few times. Do it until this stuff becomes natural. It probably won’t happen overnight, but the more you do it and the more frequently you do it, you know, every few days, every few weeks, every few months. Just keep going over these episodes and eventually this stuff is going to become second nature. It’s going to become natural. You’re not going to have to think about when and how to contract these words when you’re speaking with other natives or with other English speakers.
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AE 443 – Expression: There Wasn’t a Dry Eye in The House
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Alright. So, today’s joke, guys. Today’s joke. What type of Australian marsupial can jump higher than a house? What kind of Australian marsupial can jump higher than a house? Any of them, because a house can’t jump! Do you get it? A house can’t jump. Therefore, any Australian marsupial can jump higher than a house.
Alright, so as I mentioned guys, today’s expression is “there wasn’t a dry eye in the house”. “There wasn’t a dry eye in the house”.
Let’s go through the definitions of the different words in this expression and it’s a bit of a long one.
So, I mean I’m sure you guys know what “there” is and how it’s used. It means in, at, or to a certain place or position.
“Dry”. “Dry” is not wet or moist. So, it’s free of moisture or liquid. If something is dry it is not wet, it is not covered in a liquid of some kind. So, for instance, a desert is the epitome of dryness. It is where there is absolutely no moisture or, at least, very little.
“An eye”. I’m sure you guys know what “an eye” is. It is one of the two spherical organs that you have in your head, in your face, that you see with. That is “an eye”. Okay? “An eye”.
And “a house”. “A house” I’m sure you know as a dwelling that people live in, you know? I’m currently inside of my house. But it can be used for other things too. So, it can be used for different establishments, different buildings. So, for instance, a restaurant, an inn, a brothel, a theatre, and a cinema are all different establishments that can often be referred to as “the house” if you’re in these establishments.
And in the case of today’s expression, though, “there wasn’t a dry eye in the house”, they’re talking about some kind of building like a church or a theatre, usually a building where you’re going to have a crowd of people watching an event. So, for instance, a wedding in a church or maybe in a town hall as well, or it could be some theatre production, a play, an opera inside of an opera house or inside of a theatre. So, that’s the basic idea there with those words, guys.
The expression “There wasn’t a dry eye in the house”. I wonder if you guys have heard this before, and I wonder if you know what it means. If someone says that there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, it means that the people that were watching a certain event all felt very emotional about this event that they had seen or that they had heard and that many, if not all, were crying. So, it was such an emotional event, everyone was in tears, everyone was crying, and therefore their eyes were wet, their eyes were moist, their eyes were not dry.
So, let’s go through three examples, guys. Let’s go through three examples. And I’ve sort of fleshed these examples out, I have tried to add a bit of story to them, because these examples will be today’s listening comprehension study inside the Aussie English Classroom, guys. So, when you’re in there, this is when you’ll be tested on your listening comprehension, you’ll get to complete the quiz with all of the questions on this section. So, I’ve tried to add a lot of content and a lot of little different aspects, bits and pieces, into these three examples.
So, three examples on how to use the expression “there wasn’t a dry eye in the house”.
So, example number one. I’m going to an opera or a play somewhere and it’s an incredibly sad one, and maybe I’m taking my best mate James, and we’ve decided to fly up to Sydney to go to the Sydney Opera House for the weekend. So, we fly up to Sydney for the weekend and we want to see this play, and it’s a play by Shakespeare. Maybe it is Romeo and Juliet. I think that’s probably the saddest Shakespearean play that I know. So, that’s where the two lovers are from separate families that hate each other. These guys fall in love and they end up committing suicide in a very tragic scene at the very end of this play you know. Spoiler alert! Sorry, if anyone hasn’t seen this. So, you imagine we go and see this play. The scene comes up where Romeo finds his love dead, at least he thinks she’s dead. He drinks some poison, because he wants to die with her. She wakes up as he’s dying, and then she commits suicide. It’s an incredibly emotional and tear-jerking scene. So, you would imagine when this scene occurs, there wouldn’t be a dry eye in the house. Everyone would be in tears, everyone would be crying, everyone would be brought to tears by the sad ending. So, there wouldn’t be a dry eye in the house.
Alright, example number two. Maybe you are at a relative’s wedding. So, you’ve got a niece and she’s about to get married to some guy that she met at a university. Maybe he was in a uni course or maybe she met him out at a pub or something whilst partying in uni. That tends to be something a lot of uni students do. So, the big day rolls around and you head to the wedding, and there’s a beautiful ceremony. The chairs are all set up. They’re white. There’s an arch under which the couple are going to get married that’s full of flowers. All of your friends and family arrive. You guys take a seat. The music starts to play, you know? Quite often they’ll have things like a quartet, a string quartet. So, you’ll have like violins and other stringed instruments that I can’t think of playing together. And so, the music starts. You see your niece being brought down the aisle. Her father is walking her down the aisle to the groom. So, she is going to get married to the guy at the end of the aisle. She looks so beautiful in her white wedding dress that she begins to cry. And as a result of her crying her father begins to cry. And then, as the crowd sees these two breaking down in tears everyone else starts to cry. So, as a result, there isn’t a dry eye in the house. And, ironically, even if this is outside, right, so your… you could be in an open field, you could probably still use this expression that there isn’t a dry eye in the house, because it doesn’t have to literally be within a house, right, within a building.
So, example number three. Alright, the final example, guys. You are in a hospital and you’re there with your wife, and your wife is pregnant, she is in the midst of giving birth to your child, she’s in labor, and your child’s going to be a beautiful baby girl. So, your whole family has gotten together. Maybe some of them have come from interstate. You know? They’ve flown to Victoria from Queensland or from Western Australia. Some have even flown from overseas. You know? Imagine they came from Brazil or America or France, and they’re all there to celebrate this amazing event. Your first child on this day. So, they’re waiting outside the room. You’re inside with your wife as she successfully gives birth to your beautiful baby girl. You get to cut the umbilical cord as your family come in to meet the latest member of their family, and everyone begins to cry. Everyone is incredibly emotional. They are incredibly excited, they’re happy, they’re proud. Everyone starts to cry. And so, there isn’t a dry eye in the house. When your daughter was born, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Everyone was in tears. Everyone was incredibly happy and emotional.
So, there you go, guys. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. It’s used to mean that all people at a particular place or event feel incredibly emotional about something that they’ve seen or heard and that they’ve begun to cry. So, effectively, there’s an audience watching something and everyone is in tears. That is what “there wasn’t a dry eye in the house” means.
So, let’s go through a listen and repeat exercise, guys. This is your chance to practice your pronunciation, to practice saying the words in this expression, in this sentence. So, you know how first I tend to say it word by word to try and help you focus on connected speech. And then after that, we use it in a sentence and conjugate through the different pronouns. Listen and repeat after me and if you’re practising your Aussie accent, pay attention to how I say things, and if you’re just practising your English accent in general, ignore my accent and just use it as a chance to practice yourself saying these words. Okay? So, let’s go.
Listen & Repeat Exercise:
There wasn’t a
There wasn’t a dry
There wasn’t a dry eye
There wasn’t a dry eye in
There wasn’t a dry eye in the
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house x 5
Good job. Now we’ll go through the different pronouns and we’ll conjugate through the sentence, “I didn’t see a dry eye in the house”. Okay? We’ll go through each different pronoun. Let’s go.
I didn’t see a dry eye in the house
You didn’t see a dry eye in the house
He didn’t see a dry eye in the house
She didn’t see a dry eye in the house
We didn’t see a dry eye in the house
They didn’t see a dry eye in the house
It didn’t see a dry eye in the house
Amazing job, guys. Remember to repeat those exercises. Pronunciation is the kind of thing you have to continually practice, you know? It’s kind of like going to the gym. You can go to the gym for three months, you can get incredibly fit, but the moment you stop going to the gym your fitness starts to wane, it starts to reduce, right? It may not be rapid it, but eventually, it reduces more and more and more, slowly, gradually over time. And it’s the same with pronunciation. You might get really good at pronouncing things in English, because you practice a lot, but the moment you stop focusing on pronunciation, at least a little bit, you know, doing a little bit every day, it can begin to taper off, it can begin to reduce, and I’ve found this when speaking French, when speaking Portuguese. The more I do it, the more consistent, I am the better I am. But if I take a little break and I stop practicing, it tends to drop off.
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