Category Archives: Advanced general English

Free online Dictionary of English Pronunciation – How to Pronounce English words

Useful when preparing presentations. My students have difficulty with words like definite.

When your entry appears in pink, mouse over to hear it pronounced.Create lists of up to 15 entries like this: cat;cart;cut;caught etc.There are currently 160381 entries in the dictionary.

via Free online Dictionary of English Pronunciation – How to Pronounce English words.


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Urban Dictionary, June 15: That’s What BP Said

Urban Dictionary, June 15: That’s What BP Said.

It is risky for non-native speakers to use some of the slang and new words on this site as it is hard to judge the right context when to use them, but advanced learners may appreciate this guide to slang and new words they might hear in movies or in conversations between native speakers on campus when studying abroad. Many slang words have a sexual meaning so some words might be offensive to certain people. It is also hard to know how common certain expressions are or what age group they are appropriate with and with whom, so I suggest this site for passive vocabulary rather than words to practice in conversation for non-native speakers. Native speaking faculty might also enjoy learning some words that their students are using.

I like this one. Koreans who shop at Emart will be familiar with this practice:

store d’oeuvres

“Snacks and food samples that a grocery store will serve at various locations in order to tempt the patrons into buying something they weren’t planning on (pizza, chips and dip, sausage, etc.). Usually happens on the weekend.
I went to Costco the other day and filled up on store d’oeuvres.”
It is a joke on this more elegant word: