Click on the link below to review and practice the -ed endings. Included are explanations and examples of the three possible "ed" ending pronunciations (t, d, id).
Free online pronouncing "ed" endings lessons and exercises.
Also, be sure to check out the video below which will help you review the three endings.
"ELSA, English Language Speech Assistant, is a fun and engaging app specially designed to help you improve your English pronunciation." [from elsaspeak.com]
ELSA Speak is an app for your phone. It uses artificial intelligence technology to recognize speech patterns and help English language learners develop their speaking and pronunciation skills. According to the website, "27 hours of studying with ELSA is equivalent to an ESL speaking course at an American University."
Here's what one reviewer says:
"I never thought I would be able to get rid of my strong Chinese accent. Then I discovered this app. It helped me identify issues with my pronunciation that I was not aware of."
Others say there is room for improvement. "I like the app overall, but there are some improvements that can be made, and bugs that can be fixed," says one user.
"There is still quite a lot that could be done to this app," writes a reviewer of the product.
Some of my students have used it for some time and really like it. To read more about ELSA Speak, you can go to their website: elsaspeak.com. Also, if you want to read some third-party reviews of the speaking practice app, go to any of the following:
Below is a lengthy video review of ELSA Speak.
I hope you find this post helpful. Please let me know in the comments below.
The current pandemic has presented many challenges for each of us, but I know that it has been especially hard for you as an English language learner. One of the challenges that I have heard some of you express concerns the lack of opportunities to practice speaking English with others. Like me, I am sure that your teachers are doing their best to try and give you some opportunities to speak with your fellow classmates via ZOOM, but there is only so much time available during class. This means that if you want to really practice your speaking skills, you are going to need to find ways of doing this on your own more.
Conversation practice is very important. It is how you build confidence in your ability to communicate with others. However, that is only one way to improve your speaking skills. Another way is to work on pronunciation. There are many websites online where you can find pronunciation practice.
Here are a few:
American English Sounds
To find more pronunciation exercises including how to sound out certain words, when to stress certain syllables, and how to pronounce certain nouns, click on this link: www.catesol.org
My name is Craig, and I've been teaching English for many years. I initially created this site for my students, but all English learners are welcome. I hope you find something helpful to you. Feel free to leave suggestions or ideas in the Comments section under any entry.