Pronunciation Tricks - The Magic E
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He thinks he's so special. There, give him some horns, a little tail and a beard. Oh, hi. James, from EngVid. I was just getting ready for the lesson. Hi. This is a Mr. E Special. There he is, all perfect again. He's doing a special because his name is E. He thought he would do the "Magic E". When you're learning English, and for many people learning English, here's something I've always said when I teach: English is a very stupid language. You must say everything. The problem with that is English is not a phonetic language, which means just because you write it, it doesn't mean you say it. We're going to do some lessons, and this is one of them, where I try to help you with spelling, because you won't be able to get it from the words. It's not like Spanish. One of things is you can use markers. These are markers. Markers help us find things. In the English language, we use markers to tell us something about whether this letter will make a sound, whether it changes the sound, or what sound the letter should make. In this case, we're going to work with the "Magic E". We have it here. "Markers are letters that don't represent sounds." They don't say this is the sound, "...but tell us the sounds of the other letters in the word." "E" does that; it's a very, very good friend of ours. It's special, like this marker. In this case, we're going to talk about the silent E, or the "Magic E". The silent E is a marker of a long vowel sound. That means it's going to say A, E, I, O, U, instead of "aw", "eh", "ih", "ah", "uh". Drink too much, you sound like that. It's going to tell us it's a long vowel sound of the syllable it finishes. What is a syllable? It's a vowel sound, from a grouping, so just keep that in mind. When you say something like my name: "James"; even though it's got two vowels, it's only got one vowel sound, so it's a single syllable. There. Okay. The first thing it will tell us is that it is a long vowel, and let's give an example. Well, this word is... wrong. There's no "mete"; I meant to put this, "mat". A "mat" is something you stand on in your house when you get out of the shower or the bath, a piece of fabric that keeps your feet dry or keeps the floor dry, "mat". When you add the magic E — that's why I put the E there - "mate." All of a sudden that "ah" sound becomes "A"; "mate". What about the next one? If you like chocolate cake, like I do, mm baby, you're fat. But if you meet the doctor — Doctor Fate - "ah" becomes "A". Doctor Fate. Go read a comic book. How about "not"? I often have girlfriends go, "You're not going there this evening." I always go, "But I want to." The "aw" sound becomes "O" when I write her a very nice note. I write her a note saying, "I love you, baby." She goes, "Well, you can come here now." No more nots. What about the next one, "cut"? If you meet Mr. E and you touch his girlfriend, he is going to "cut" you; he's going to cut you real good. If his girlfriend likes you it must be because you're "cute". "Uh" (sound) becomes "U"; cute. This one; do you know this one? I love when foreign students try to say this one. They go "Hoogee. It's a hoogee, right?" I'm like, "No, it's a hug." To hold someone and to hold them tight close to you — hug. I have a bad joke; I won't say it because my Russian students are always saying: "You must be more serious, much more serious when you do these lessons." "Huge." Insert your own joke. "Insert" means put in — put your own joke here. "Huge" means very big. Once again, "huge" - "U".