Aug 302013

Here’s our latest video. Rather than vocabulary, this one explores some British and American pronunciation differences.

It’s got some tricky vocabulary but pictures can help.

10thingscollage-no.namesIt’s also an opportunity to introduce the International Phonetic Alphabet – handy for when students need to check pronunciation in learners’ dictionaries.

And of course it’s an opportunity to have some fun with the two varieties. Singing it correctly is quite a challenge. Jay and I accumulated lots of outtakes where we got muddled up and said words the other way. Hope you like it.

It’s available with a free clickable transcript (handy for making worksheets) at Simple English Videos and I’ve also made a PowerPoint, students worksheet, teachers notes etc. which you’ll find in the Simple English Videos Store. It’s called ‘Tomahto-Tomayto.’

Oh and it’s available on my YouTube channel too. Have you subscribe to that yet? (Nag, nag)



 Posted by at 3:13 pm

  6 Responses to “British and American Pronunciation – Tomahto-Tomayto”

  1. Nice job!

    I noted that Jay says garage with a final affricate, which is the less common pronunciation in AmE — at least according to the dictionaries, which prefer the simple fricative. (I use the fricative myself.)

    There’s a typo in the transcript: “Worchester” for “Worcester”. In Massachusetts, by the way, it’s “Woo-ster”, with the FOOT vowel, but Worcester County in Pennsylvania is “WOR-ses-ter”.

  2. Golly, thank you for spotting that typo John. We must fix that. Oddly enough I just saw a cool video about how to pronounce the word Worcestershire at Rachel’s English. I loved the two cooks.

  3. Japanese students tend to say “tomaato” then “correct” themselves because they know that’s Japanese and say “tomayto” straight afterwards, usually totally unaware that they’ve just started a singlehanded contrasting British and American pronunciation lesson.

  4. Oh good – please send them to watch the video when class is over Alex!

  5. Hi, vicki! This is a cool video! Although my students use the British pronunciation more, it’s good to know the difference between American and British. Sometimes my students find it hard to understand British pronunciation. Especially the vowel sounds. This will definitely help in my listening classes.

  6. That’s great. Thanks Tom!

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