How to Remember the English Vowels Easily


The names of the English vowels can be confusing for many learners. Even advanced learners often confuse the vowel names.

If you speak Spanish or Portuguese you know what I’m talking about.

That is because in your language there are some vowels with similar English sounds.

So when you see this: i

and you try to speak in English you say this: e

Let me tell you something. That’s normal. Your eyes, brain, and mouth are so used to see the letter and make a sound that is familiar to you.

Here I’m going to share with you a super tip that will help train your eyes, brain and mouth, so you will never confuse the vowel names anymore.

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Watch the following video to hear the sounds

Click the play button

You will see a vowel at the bottom of the screen.

Say the name and hit the cloud that has the correct English name

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Music to Practice your English


Check my YouTube playlist out. These are some of my favourite songs. If you sing them along you will practice your pronunciation, linking, and intonation.

If you have any recommendation, please add the link in the comments below.





2021 New Words About Food


The cuisines of cultures have greatly influenced the way we refer to food. Some of the terms that we commonly use to refer to food are related to new ways of cooking and organization of food preparation.

Languages are always evolving and dictionaries keep adding new terms each year. This year, the Merriam-Webster dictionary has added a list of new food terms and new uses for some of the existing terms.

Here you have a set of flashcards with the new words about food that includes the pronunciation:

Practice time

  1. Review the flashcards
  2. Click on the red button to do the online crossword.


Temperature related words

In this mini lesson you will learn how to pronounce the following words:



degrees Celsius (°C)

degrees Fahrenheit (°F)

Kelvin (K)

You will also learn how to ask about the temperature of a place or a thing.


Practice time

  1. What’s the weather usually like in your city?
  2. How cold/ hot is it in your city today?
  3. What units do people use in your country to measure the temperature?
  4. Listen to the following song. Find the following phrase “200°F, that’s why they call me mister Fahrenheit” Type in the comments the second or the minute you hear it.

S consonant clusters

A consonant cluster is a group of consonants without any vowel. They can appear at the beginning, in the middle of at the end of words.

For example:

initial st : stop

middle st: faster

final st: tallest

Spanish and Portuguese speakers have difficulties pronouncing s-cluster words, especially when the cluster is located at the beginning of a word.

In this mini lesson I’ll teach you how to pronounce words that start with S consonant clusters.

‘SP’, ‘ST’, ‘SM’, ‘SK’, ‘SL’ ‘SN’ and ‘SW’ are consonant clusters that are not present at the beginning of words in Spanish, Portuguese and other languages. To improve your pronunciation it is important that you recognize them and learn how to pronounce each sound of the cluster correctly.

Watch this video and practice to improve your pronunciation



Do you want to practice pronunciation? Download a worksheet with more initial position /s/ consonant blends.

Happy practice!!

Do you remember any other words in English that start with an ‘S’ cluster?


Essential Vocabulary for Online Meetings


Lately most of us have been attending virtual meetings. Zoom has become one of the preferred platforms for working and learning remotely. In one hand virtual meetings have become an effective way to communicate with colleagues, teachers and classmates. On the other they have become a source of stress and anxiety especially for non-English speakers.

This quick guide will offer useful vocabulary and phrases to improve your communication skills online.

First of all you need to become familiar with the icons and their functions. It’s important that you learn how to pronounce their names in English. Some words are universally used around the world but the pronunciation varies according to the language.


Here is a list of words that can help you for your next virtual meeting/ class.

  • video conference
  • host
  • participants
  • camera on
  • camera off
  • adjust volume
  • microphone on
  • microphone off (mute)
  • share screen
  • poll
  • turn up the volume
  • turn down the volume
  • chat
  • record the session


Here are some common phrases used during virtual meetings. How many of them have you heard before?

  • Can you hear me?
  • Can you see me?
  • Can you see the presentation?
  • Can you hear the audio?
  • I can’t hear you / I’m having trouble hearing you.
  • Your mic is off
  • Please turn your mic off
  • I can see you but I can’t hear you
  • I’ll share my screen
  • Can you share your screen?
  • I’ll stop sharing my screen
  • Can you stop sharing your screen?
  • Are you on mute? / I think your microphone is off
  • I have a problem with the connection
  • Sorry, I got kicked out
  • The connection is slow
  • I’m lagging / You’re lagging
  • My/ your video is freezing
  • Did you receive the link?
  • I’m waiting for it to load
  • It’s not loading
  • Scroll up please
  • Scroll down please

Do you want to practice pronunciation? Download a worksheet with pictures and audio


Let’s talk about money

Money has different names depending on the context. Below there is a list with synonyms, slang and idiomatic expressions to talk about money.

Other words for money are:

alimony: money given to one spouse by the other for support after a legal separation or divorce

bill: a piece of paper money

bribe: money or favor given or promised in order to influence the judgment or conduct of a person in a position of trust

cash: ready money

check: a written order directing a bank to pay money as instructed

debt: money that needs to be paid in return for something received

dowry: money, goods or properties that a man or woman brings to her wife or husband in marriage

donation: money or gifts given to charity or public institutions

fee: money paid for a service

fine: a sum of money imposed as punishment for an offense

fund: a sum of money or other resources whose principal or interest is set apart for a specific objective

loan: money lent at interest

ransom: money demanded for the release of someone or something from captivity

salary: fixed amount of money paid to someone for regularly their work or services

tax: money imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes

tip: a sum of money given for a service performed. It’s a synonym of gratuity

wage: money that is paid for labor or services usually according to contract and on an hourly, daily, or piecework basis

Money slang:

money slang

bucks: dollars

dough: money in general

chip in: to contribute, to pay for a part of something

cough up: pay or spend an amount of money that you would prefer not to

loaded: wealthy, having a lot of money

it’s on me: the person speaking will pay the whole amount

splurge: spend money freely with no remorse usually on things that you do not need

Canadian Slang:

loonie: one-dollar coin

toonie: two-dollar coin

Expressions with money:

Money talks

A penny saved is a penny earned: it is as useful to save money that you already have as it is to earn more

Money doesn’t grow on trees: it requires effort to earn money and it is limited so you must be careful how you spend it

Money makes the world go round: money is extremely important, so that many ordinary events could not happen without it

Money talks: money gives power and influence to those who possess it

Want to practice pronunciation? Download the vocabulary worksheet with audio