Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sacramento Words

Sacramento Pronunciation Practice Recordings

  • Banana Republic
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bass
  • Book Warehouse
  • Bose
  • Brooks Brothers
  • Calvin Klein
  • Chico's
  • Claire's Accessories
  • Coach
  • Converse
  • Dressbarn
  • Eddie Bauer 
  • Guess
  • Izod
  • Jelly Belly
  • Jockey
  • Kasper
  • Kenneth Cole
  • Lane Bryant 
  • Levi's
  • LancĂ´me
  • Macy's
  • Marshalls
  • Nordstrom
  • Motherhood Maternity
  • Nautica
  • Nike
  • PacSun
  • Perfumania
  • Puma
  • Quiksilver
  • Saks Fifth Avenue 
  • Sports Fever
  • Styles for Less
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Van Heusen
  • Wilsons 
  • Gymboree
  • OshKosh B'gosh
  • Stride Rite
  • Naturalizer
  • Nine West
  • Rocky Mountain 
  • Chocolate Factory
  • Samsonite
  • Vitamin World
  • Wilsons Leather Outlet
  • Zales
Food & Drink

  • Starbucks
  • Tall
  • Grande
  • Venti
  • Latte
  • Cappucino
  • Frappuccino
  • Caffe Mocha
  • espresso
  • caramel macchiato
  • falafel
  • hummus
  • babaganoush
  • feta cheese
  • tzatziki
  • spicy vinaigrette
  • dijon mustard
  • chipotle
  • Cinnamon battered French toast
  • fluffy hotcakes
  • short stack
  • tall stack
  • granola
  • sausage links
  • cajun seasoned salmon filet
  • Alaskan crab claw meat
    smothered in Hollandaise sause
  • three egg omelet
  • parmesan cheese
  • soup du jour
  • garlic croutons
  • jalapeno peppers
  • portabella mushroom
  • chicken pita
  • calamari
  • mozzarella sticks
  • tacos pescados
  • chicken enchiladas
  • fettuccine creole
  • cheese tortellini
  • ravioli & meatball
  • golden nugget cream ale
  • earls hopfarm auburn ale
  • total eclipse black ale
Streets & Places

  • California State University Sacramento
  • Napa Hall
  • Hornet Stadium
  • Capistrano Hall
  • Calaveras Hall
  • Mariposa Hall
  • Sequoia Hall
  • Sutter Hall
  • El Dorado Hall
  • Arden Fair Mall
  • Bella Vista High School
  • Burbank High School
  • Carmichael Library
  • Colonial Heights
  • Crocker Art Museum
  • Jesuit High School
  • Kaiser Rancho Cordova
  • McClellan Aviation Museum
  • Radison Hotel
  • Red Roof Inn
  • Elk Grove
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Carson City
  • Reno
  • San Fransisco
  • Petaluma
  • Berkeley
  • San Mateo
  • San Jose
  • Palo Alto
  • Stanford
  • Concord
  • Modesto
  • Sonoma
  • Folsom Boulevard
  • El Dorado Freeway
  • Dos Coyote
  • Hoppy Brewing Company
  • Giovanni's Pizzaria
  • Riverfront Park
  • Bradshaw Road
  • Riverwood Shopping Center
  • La Riviera Drive

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Pronunciation Practice Sites

Pronunciation Clinic Independent Practice Options

Top Practice Sites
 Other Sites
Sources of Practice Audio

Chatbots are automated chat tools that can be pre-programmed say certain things
or  interact with users. Text to speech chatbots allow you to create a speaking character (or  avatar)
Instructional Videos

Stress and Intonation Videos 

Monday, April 18, 2011

U.S. States & Capital Cities

U.S. States & Capital Cities
Jennifer ESL Video - Part #1  Part#2  Part#3
Audio File
Capital State Capital State
Little Rock 
Des Moines 
Baton Rouge 
St. Paul 
Jefferson City 
Carson City 
Santa Fe 
Oklahoma City 
Salt Lake City 
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

Sentence Practice

  • It's really too late to wait. 
  • What's the low down on the raw fish law?
  • After a week, I think these leeks reek. 
  • The crew didn't' have a clue. 
  • If we flee, we'll be free. 
  • Did Blake break the plate?
  • The hail got in my hair. 
  • The meal was a mere five dollars. 
  • There were very many berries in the valley. 
  • The big cap is a simple symbol.
  • I only have half of the fee.
  • Please sit in the soft seat. 
  • There was a lot of pressure to measure the major explosion.
  • Put the sheet on the seat before you sit on it. 
  • Most of you must bowl with the red ball. 
  • She won't want to walk there.
  • The frog would leap from one leaf to another .
  • There's a ban on putting fans in a van. 
  • I wish she wasn't a witch. 
  • Who's got your goat?
  • Would she sue the zoo?
  • We hissed as we watched the conclusion.
  • We ditched the party and washed our car.
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Tongue Twisters

From: http://www.download-esl.com/tonguetwisters/easy/easytongue.html
More Tongue Twisters at: http://www.repeatafterus.com/author.php?f=&l=Tongue%20Twister and http://www.uebersetzung.at/twister/en.htm   
  • Big black bear : A big black bug bit the big black bear, but the big black bear bit the big black bug back !Download this mp3 1/ mp3 2

  • clam cream can: How can a clam cram in a clean cream can? Download this mp3

  • Four furious friends: Four furious friends fought for the phone.  Download this mp3

  • Green glass globes: Green glass globes glow greenly.    Download this mp3

  • Ice cream : I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!.    Download this mp3

  • Sandwich sane witch: There's a sandwich on the sand which was sent by a sane witch.    Download this mp3

  • Spell New York: Knife and a fork, bottle and a cork, that is the way you spell New York.    Download this mp3

  • I saw Susie: I saw Susie sitting in a shoe shine shop.    Download this mp3

  • Medium Tongue Twisters- Try these slightly more difficult tongue twisters


  • Can you can a can: Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?Download this mp3

  • Copyright: When you write copy you have the right to copyright the copy you write.  Download this mp3

  • Fuzzy wuzzy: Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair, Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't very fuzzy, was he?Download this mp3

  • Good cook : How many cookies could a good cook cook If a good cook could cook cookies? A good cook could cook as much cookies as a good cook who could cook cookies.  Download this mp3

  • How many cans ?: How many cans can a cannibal nibble, if a cannibal can nibble cans? As many cans as a cannibal can nibble if a cannibal can nibble cans.  Download this mp3

  • I have got a date: I have got a date at a quarter to eight; I’ll see you at the gate,so don’t be late.  Download this mp3

  • I thought of thinking: I thought, I thought of thinking of thanking you.  Download this mp3

  • one one : One-one was a race horse.   Two-two was one too.   One-one won one race. 
    Two-two won one too.  Download this mp3

  • Peter piper: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.   A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.   If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?Download this mp3

  • Seven slick snails: Seven slick slimy snails, slowly sliding southward.  Download this mp3

  • Spell chicago: Chicken in the car and the car can go, that is the way you spell Chicago.   Download this mp3

  • Thirty three thieves: The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday.  Download this mp3

  • Two witches, two watches: If two witches would watch two watches, which witch would watch which watch?Download this mp3

  • Understand: If you understand, say ""understand"".   If you don't understand, say ""don't understand"".   But if you understand and say ""don't understand"".   how do I understand that you understand?Download this mp3

  • Whether the weather: Whether the weather be fine, or whether the weather be not. 
    Whether the weather be cold, or whether the weather be hot.   We'll weather the weather whether we like it or not.  Download this mp3

  • Difficult English Tongue Twisters

  • Betty butter: Betty bought some butter, but the butter Betty bought was bitter,
    so Betty bought some better butter, and the better butter Betty bought was better than the bitter butter Betty bought before!Download this mp3

  • Biscuit mixer: I bought a bit of baking powder and baked a batch of biscuits.   I brought a big basket of biscuits back to the bakery and baked a basket of big biscuits.   Then I took the big basket of biscuits and the basket of big biscuits and mixed the big biscuits with the basket of biscuits that was next to the big basket and put a bunch of biscuits from the basket into a biscuit mixer and brought the basket of biscuits and the box of mixed biscuits and the biscuit mixer to the bakery and opened a tin of sardines.   Download this mp3

  • Doctor doctoring: When a doctor doctors a doctor, does the doctor doing the doctoring doctor as the doctor being doctored wants to be doctored or does the doctor doing the doctoring doctor as he wants to doctor? Download this mp3

  • Mary Mac: Mary Mac's mother's making Mary Mac marry me.   My mother's making me marry Mary Mac.   Will I always be so Merry when Mary's taking care of me? Will I always be so merry when I marry Mary Mac?  Download this mp3

  • Nature watcher: Out in the pasture the nature watcher watches the catcher.   While the catcher watches the pitcher who pitches the balls.   Whether the temperature's up or whether the temperature's down, the nature watcher, the catcher and the pitcher are always around.   The pitcher pitches, the catcher catches and the watcher watches.   So whether the temperature's rises or whether the temperature falls the nature watcher just watches the catcher who's watching the pitcher who's watching the balls.   Download this mp3
    by Sharon Johnson

  • Wish to wish: I wish to wish the wish you wish to wish, but if you wish the wish the witch wishes, I won't wish the wish you wish to wish.  Download this mp3

  • Dotsub Sources of Pronunciation Practice

    From DotSub

    Thursday, April 7, 2011

    Pronunciation Practice Videos

    Pronuncation Practice Videos
    (to download video, RIGHT click the titles/save link as)
    The Lovely Bones

    Grandma is here! Grandma! Grandma is here!

    What's my mother here?
    - Look, you're not coping, ok?

    Len's worried, I'm worried, your mother offered to help.

    You invited her here?

    - Darling.

    Hello, mother.
    - Look at you! Are you eating?

    Is this all of it?
    - Don't be ridiculous! That's just my make-up.

    Oh, you're as handsome as Hell, Jack.
    - Lindsey, honey, are you going to say hello?

    The child hates me.
    So, What will it be, Jack?

    Actually, I'm not drinking these days.
     Ah, that's your problem in a nutshel

    Away We Go

    GLORIA: Okay, we have news.

    It's big.

    What is it?
    We're leaving in June.

    We're finally doing it.

    You're leaving in June?

    GLORIA: Mmm-hmm.

    The baby's due in July.

    Right. To Antwerp. City of light.

    Well, that's not...
    No, you're not.

    Yeah, we are. It's gonna be superb.

    No. And don't say that word.

    We thought you'd be proud of us.

    We've been talking about this for 15 years.

    And now we can finally do it.

    You're leaving a month before the baby's born?

    You're moving 3,000 miles away from your grandchild.

    I think it's more than 3,000, isn't it, Jerry?

    I think so.

    Friends - I'm Engaged

    Ross: Hey, what’s going on?
    Chandler: Hey.
    Ross: I found a note on my door, "Come to Monica’s quick, bring champagne and a Three Musketeers bar."
    Joey: (grabbing the candy bar) Yeah I’ll take that.
    Ross: What’s up?
    Chandler: Monica and I are engaged.
    Ross: Oh my God. (Hugs Chandler.) Congratulations.
    Chandler: Thanks.
    Ross: Where is she?
    Monica: (yelling at the top of her lungs) I’m engaged!!!!!! I’m engaged!!!!
    Joey: Yeah, she’s been out there for twenty minutes, I’m surprised you didn’t hear her on the way over.
    Ross: Oh, I thought it was just a kid yelling, "I’m gay! I’m gay!"
    Rachel: Yeah, no that guy moved.
    Ross: Can I bring her in?
    Phoebe: Oh no, let her stay out there. It’s sweet.
    Monica: I’m getting married!!!! I’m gonna be a bride!!!! (Someone else yells at her.) No, I will not shut up because I’m engaged! (He yells again.) Ohh, big talk! Huh, why don’t you come over here and say that to me?! Huh, buddy?! Yeah, my fiancee will kick your ass! (Chandler starts to look worried.) Come on, apartment 20! Apartment 20!
    Chandler: (To Ross) Okay, you get her in here. (To Joey) You bolt the door. I’ll be in the closet.

    Kim Yun Jin on the View

    I had a great time, but I felt like a nerd. Do you know what I mean, because I didn't know when to start talkingI didn't know, I didn't want to be rude and start interrupting you guys and I kept going uh, uh, uhand you where so sweet, you actually turned to me and said, YunJin would you like to say something and I was like 'Thank You!”

    I was born in Korea. Came over, my whole family came over when I was ten, and my teacher said, 'You know what? Just concentrate on being a great actress and people will learn your name. 
    Like you guys did... sort of.

    Complete Video

    Wednesday, April 6, 2011

    Connected Speech Practice

    Connected Speech & Intonation Practice

    Rachel's Imiation Exercies

    Movie/TV Clips
    The Hangover
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    • Did you have to park so close?
    • Just shut up and drive before one of these nerds asks me another question
    • I don't know. I just hope your not gonna go to some strip club when you're up there.
      - It's not gonna be like that .
    • Why don't you just let that one go to voice mail
    • Where are you guys?
      - We are at the spa at the hotel
      - Cool. We're just getting some sun. Is Doug around?
    • How about you big man. Come on up here

    The Simpsons
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    • Just tell me what you want. You should know what I want. I want you to act the same way two days in a row. Uuughh! I'm not going to let you hurt me anymore.

    • Nikki, thanks for saving my life.
      - Look can we just pretend that never happened. I don't' want everyone at the school to go around thinking I like you.
      - I don't get you. You're hot, you're cold. What's your deal?
      - Oh Bart, you've got a few things to learn about women.

    The Real World
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    • I kind of think what's kept me from putting one together is that I don't really have anything good to put on there other than that I served chicken fried steak for the past two years

    • Well, I think that the best way to proceed is to just give you something - and maybe you love it , do a great job and we're lucky to have you and maybe you hate it and we part ways. So it's as much an interview for you as it is for me. Let me give you a call later in the week with an assignment
      - That's Awesome
      - OK
      - I'm very excited
      - Good

    Chris Rock
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    • you don't need no gun control, you know what you need – we need some bullet control, we need to <man> control the bullets,. That's right. I think all bullets should cost 5000 dollars. 5000 dollars for a bullet. You know why? Because if a bullet cost 5000 dollars there won't be no more innocent bystanders.