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2012 is almost over, and this is our final episode of the year. So this week, we’ll update you on some of our stories from the year, including stories about Jeremy Lin, Julian Assange, North Korean missiles, Google maps, wild weather, and more.
Many of the videos on YouTube are meant to entertain people, but the site also has a lot of educational ones. This series of articles is called YouTube University, or YouTube U, for short. It features YouTube videos that can help you improve your English. To see previous YouTube U articles, click here.
Today, in our sixth YouTube U video, we learn about how to improve our pronunciation of verb endings.
Remembering to pronounce the endings of words will improve your speaking and will also help to ensure that your listener understands what you are saying.
For example, if you’re speaking in the plural form, it’s important to pronounce the “s” at the end of many words; if you’re speaking in the third person singular (“he”, “she”, or “it”), then you should also remember to pronounce the “s” that is added to the end of many verbs (e.g., “she eats”); and if you’re speaking in the past tense, then it’s important to pronounce the -ed ending.
Today’s video doesn’t discuss all of those endings, but it does cover the last one: the -ed ending used in past tense verbs.
Did you know that there are three ways to pronounce that ending? Words like “worked”, “agreed”, and “wanted” all end with the same two letters, but the sounds are not the same.
Remembering to pronounce the endings of words will definitely improve your English, and this video will definitely help you to better understand the three different ways to pronounce those two simple letters!
This video is part of RachelsEnglish.com, and that website has many other videos on proper pronunciation. It also offers courses for improving your English, and you can find it all by clicking here.