Tongue Twisters for Pronunciation

Tongue twisters are a great way to learn English by practicing and improving pronunciation and fluency.   Native English speakers use tongue twisters to practice articulating for speeches or presentations. You can find recordings of the tongue twisters below online to help you practice both your listening and pronunciation. Children learn most tongue twisters in grade school, but they’re not just for kids, but are also used by actors, politicians, and public speakers who want to sound clear when speaking.  The goal is to say them as quickly as you can as many times as you can!  Feel free to drop by guided self study to practice with a teacher during your spare time!  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? Betty Botter bought some butter But she said the butter’s bitter If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter But a bit of better butter will make my batter better So ‘twas better Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? He would chuck, he would, as much as he could, and chuck as much wood As a woodchuck would if a woodchuck could chuck wood She sells seashells by the seashore How can a clam cram in a clean cream can? I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream I saw Susie sitting in a shoeshine shop Susie works in a shoeshine shop. Where she shines she sits, and where she sits she shines Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy, was he? Can … Read more

EC San Diego Student Testimonial: Seo Youn Choi (Selena)

“Hello, this is Seo Youn Choi from Korea, but please, call me Selena! I’ve been here at San Diego EC for over 11 months and I would like to share my wonderful experiences at EC! Since I’ve been with EC, my English has been much improved. My first class was Intermediate and now I’m in TOEFL class which is one of the highest level[s] in EC. Since EC has various levels, not only does it evaluate students effectively, but also it makes us motivated! Moreover, EC has a wonderful location and the kindest staff including the teachers. EC San Diego is located near La Jolla Cove, which has the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. All of the EC staff welcome[s] students with bright smiles, so I also treat them as my famil[y].” “Lastly, I’ve met so many different people, made hundreds of good friends and learned [about] a lot of cultures through EC. Before I came to EC, I didn’t know anything about other cultures, but EC made me more confident in trying new things and making new friends. During the time that I’ve spent with EC, I became [a] more mature person. I extremely appreciate all of EC’s kindness and efforts – I won’t be able to forget my EC San Diego life. Truly, I hope [for] us [all to] be together again someday. Thank you, EC!” Thank you, Selena, for your incredible review of our center! We are so happy to know that you enjoyed your experience at the best English language school in San Diego, EC San Diego!

Spend September in San Diego!!

September is another great month of the year to be at EC San Diego! Our new September Activity & Tour Calendar is OUT! Get your copy at school to discover fun Fall 2014 events, activities, and trips – these will only add to students’ ESL learning in our full immersion English courses! **Please note that on Monday, September 1st, EC San Diego will be closed for the US Labor Day Holiday  Every Tuesday AND Thursday in September: We added another Conversation Class to our calendar! Learn new words in English & practice your conversation skills every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:30pm! Sign up for Free Conversation Classes at the front desk. Every Wednesday at 12:15 and 1:30pm – Free ESL Pronunciation classes! Sign up now at EC San Diego’s front desk. September 3rd: Join our partner company American Host Tours for a Padres Game in Downtown San Diego! Tickets are $19 – get your ticket by completing the BLUE form at the front desk! September 7th: Join EC San Diego Teachers and Staff on Mission Beach for an “End-of-Summer” beach party and BBQ! All are welcome to attend this free event with EC! (Please bring food/drink to share, and if you want to grill please bring your own meat and/or vegetables.) September 20th: Our Volunteer opportunity this month is “Clean Up Mission Bay”! Everyone is invited to help clean our local beaches from 9am to 12pm. Please sign up to attend! Go to the meeting spot, Crowne Pointe Park, at 8:40am the day of this event. September 23rd, 24th, & 25th: AY Lecture Series on the “Peace Corps”. Please see Autumn in Room 7 for more information. September 28th: EC School Trip to the San Diego Zoo! Tickets are only $20 – get yours & directions at the front desk starting the week of September 8th! September’s almost here … Read more

Our August Activity Calendar is Here!!

Spending your summer with EC San Diego? Check out EC San Diego’s new August 2014 activity calendar! Discover events, activities, and trips that will only add to learning English in San Diego! Read below to get ready for more summertime fun in San Diego! Every Tuesday at 1:30pm: Free English Conversation classes! Sign up now at EC San Diego’s front desk. Every Wednesday at 12:15 and 1:30pm: Free ESL Pronunciation classes! Sign up now at EC San Diego’s front desk. August 7th: Join our partner company American Host Tours for a Kayak Tour off the coast of La Jolla! August 10th: Hit the streets of local neighborhood Hillcrest, CA, for “City Fest 2014”, an all-day street fair with live music, shopping, beer gardens, and amazing food! August 14th: “Talk & Tacos” with Student Counselor Sophie! Join other EC students for some lively English conversation – and a plate of delicious tacos – at local cantina Jose’s Courtroom! August 16th: EC school trip to the San Diego Zoo! Spend the day hanging with monkeys, chilling with polar bears, & watching adorable pandas! Sign up now at the front desk.  August 29th to September 1st: Happy Labor Day weekend! No school on Monday, September 1st. Enjoy long weekend tours to San Francisco, Yosemite, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. Are you ready?          

EC San Diego Teacher Profile: John Kim!

Teacher John Kim (right) loves fishing off the San Diego coastline with his sons! A little about me: Hi! My name is John Kim. I’m originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, but I’ve been living here in San Diego, California since 2003. I am a retired veteran from a great American institution called the United States Army, and now, I am again actively involved in another great institution called EC San Diego English Language Center! I am proud and honored to have been involved with public service for over 20 years and I am now  just as proud and honored to be involved with the international group of students who come to EC to experience a full immersion English course in San Diego. Life for me is about leadership, being present, and having a balance of education, work, and good citizenship. I manage to do that and more as a Teacher at EC. John teaches EC San Diego’s FREE Conversation classes every Tuesday and Friday! My Classes at EC: I teach Business and Academic English courses at EC San Diego. I want my classes to be as fun and interactive as possible. I love creating a buzz in class with cool vocabulary activities and conversation exercises. I also teach the Free Conversation courses offered on Tuesdays and Fridays! I like to use everything I have learned from all my life experiences to create interesting, challenging, and fun lessons for my students. My Professional Experience: I am a native English speaker and have been working as an ESL teacher at EC’s San Diego English Language Center since March of last year. Before I started teaching, I worked in various military and diplomatic positions worldwide for over 24 years. During that time I studied and taught leadership, language, business, and management courses abroad. Because of this … Read more

Summer Is Here, And So Is Our June 2014 Calendar!!

Check out EC San Diego’s new June 2014 Activity Calendar! Highlights include: Still Going Strong: Free Classes Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday!! Remember to sign up at the front desk! NEW: Exit Test on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 3pm! All General English Course students must take the Exit Test if they are at EC for 8 weeks or more. June 5th: World Environment Day! Wear Green to school on Thursday, June 5th, to show your support of our environment! June 4th to 6th: “Going Green” guessing game! Help us raise funds for World Environment Day. EC San Diego will match all funds raised by this event! June 7th: the Del Mar Fair Begins! Get your tickets to this amazing cultural event at the San Diego Fair website June 11th: “Talk and Tapas” with Teacher Maddy! Enjoy incredible tapas & incredible conversation with fellow EC San Diego students at Whisk-n-ladle in La Jolla! Meet Maddy at the front desk at 6pm. June 12 & 13th – World Cup Events! $10 admission to the game at Typhoon Saloon in Pacific Beach and 1 drink ticket. June 13th & 27th: TGIF Class, Free! “Thank Goodness It’s Friday” Conversation Class at La Jolla Cove – meet Teacher John K. in Room 2 at 1:30pm. June 28th: Ocean Beach Summer Street Fair! Get out with the local San Diego crowd to enjoy the best food, shopping, beer, and entertainment San Diego has to offer EC San Diego knows that learning English in San Diego also means getting to know the lifestyle, culture, and language of San Diego and of California. Now we are ready to study English in San Diego this summer – so let’s go!!

Free ESL Conversation & Pronunciation Classes!

(Above) Teacher John fishing off a La Jolla beach – the best conversations happen when you’re just relaxing and fishing! Want to get even more out of your time learning English at EC San Diego? Check out our free English conversation and pronunciation classes! All students enrolled in EC San Diego’s General English Courses are eligible to take our free weekly classes! We provide free conversation classes on Tuesdays and Fridays at 1:30pm, and free pronunciation classes at 12:15 and 1:30pm every Wednesday! These classes are for students looking to further their English for academic study, and for those just looking to meet other students and practice their English language skills! We know how important it is for our students to be able to practice & improve their speaking and pronunciation skills, so we strive to provide multiple opportunities for them to do just that. Teacher Danica (above) runs EC San Diego’s free Wednesday Pronunciation classes. In these classes students learn the ins & outs of pronouncing English correctly. Teacher Danica knows that every language has its problems with pronouncing specific English sounds (ex: German pronunciation of the  “v” and “w”, Arabic pronunciation of the “b” and “p”). Danica tailors each session around these pronunciation problems in order to optimize her students’ pronunciation learning. Teacher John (above) runs our free Conversation classes. John likes to have his students work on not only speaking English, but speaking English correctly. Students learn the correct way to converse with native English speakers, and also about phrases that are more colloquial than academic in nature. EC San Diego’s free classes are available for all current students who want to work on their English conversation and pronunciation skills outside of their regular classes. Sign up at the front desk to join in today!

Speaking English Is What We Do! How to Pronounce ‘TH’ Sounds

“Thankful” is a word that comes to mind when you study at EC San Diego! Students who learn English at EC San Diego – and at every ESL school around the world –  have trouble pronouncing English words with the common “TH” sound. Do you get tongue-twisted over “the”, “thing”, “although”, and “thorough”? Well, not to worry! EC San Diego English teachers have a couple of tips for you to follow so that you can improve your pronunciation! First thing to know: The TH sound can be made by sticking out your tongue, placing the tip of your tongue between your upper and lower teeth, and blowing out. Say “ttthh”! Now you have the basics of how to use your mouth to actually produce ‘this’ sound! To continue, there are two kinds of TH sounds: voiced and voiceless.  To make a voiced TH sounds as in “the” and “although”, make sure that when you blow out, that sound is also made. You know you are making a voiced TH sound because when you touch your throat, you can feel a vibration! To make a voiceless TH sounds as in “something” and “thorough”, make sure that when you blow out, no sound is made. You know you are making a voiceless TH sound because when you touch your throat, you cannot feel a vibration. After practicing these two sounds as directed above, it’s time for some fun pronunciation practice with EC San Diego! The following tongue-twisters are a favorite way EC General English Course students practice speaking English out loud! 1. King Thistle stuck a thousand thistles in the thistle of his thumb. A thousand thistles King Thistle stuck in the thistle of his thumb. If King Thistle stuck a thousand thistles in the thistle of his thumb, How many thistles did King … Read more

English Pronunciation Tips & Tricks!

  Learning a new language is learning a new way to communicate with those around you. At ECSD, students are given an academic foundation for communicating successfully in English – by speaking it!! So how do you actually say all these new English words and phrases? Here are a few tips & tricks for ESL students: 1. Slow it down!! Students that try to hurry through their words lose the basic essence of what it is they are trying to say. We want our students to pace themselves according to their level and their ability to form new sounds articulately. If you speed through English words, try to listen as you do so: you will realize that you can’t even understand yourself! Slowing down also means taking pronunciation step-by-step: try single sounds, then words, & then finally a string of words together, or “phrase”. 2. It’s All in the Lips! Pronouncing English words means teaching your mouth new ways to move while using different muscles. Each day brings new challenges for every ESL student. Having trouble with [p]?  To make the [p] sound, have your two lips touching and blow out some air. As strange as this may be, try then practicing those [p]s with words that are familiar to you, such as Put, Play, Pie, or Pray.  3. Put On Some American Pop Songs!! Love listening to Gaga, Britney, or JT? Get going with your English pronunciation practice by turning up the tunes and singing along with American pop stars. Singing can be calming and fun – & the music helps to remember the sounds of the words (lyrics). 4. Get A Practice Pal. Feedback is key for students who want to know how they sound. So find a friend who can give good feedback about your English pronunciation skills. And your … Read more