How to say Bash & Batch

Take this quick ESL pronunciation speaking lesson to learn how to pronounce the words: BASH & BATCH. These words have a slight difference in pronunciation making them confusing to say. Learn the difference between these words and improve your speaking with this short video lesson.

BASH: B-short a-SH
BATCH: B-short a-CH
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School Success

The single best indicator of school success is communication.

If children enter kindergarten with age appropriate communication skills, they usually do fine. How do you help your child achieve communication competence?

It is pretty simple. Mainly, if you talk to your child, show interest, and play with them, they will learn communication skills.
But you do all of this, what now?

First, examine your interactions.
Are you telling too much?
Asking too much?

Second, take a look at your priorities.
Are you making time to practice?
Is play time important?

Third, do you have a plan?
What do you want your child to do?
Ask for water?
Say please?

Finally, what are you rewarding?
Is it the behavior that you want, or something that won’t be cute in a few years, like yelling to get some candy?

If you need help with your behaviors, check out our videos for parents.


Speech: What sounds should my 5 year old say?

Your five year old should have speech that is very similar to an adult.  He should be able to say most sounds, most of the time.  Errors will still occur but they should be diminishing.  You should understand your child, as should everyone they meet. 

If your child has trouble with the /s, r, or th/ sounds, do not worry.  These are late developing sounds.  Some children don't develop these until later, around 7.


Why Do I Make These Mistakes?

Accent mistakes are related to the lack of a sound in your native language. When you don’t have a sound, then you just leave it out of the word, or replace it. If you replace it, typically you use a sound that is “close” to the sound that you do not have in your repertoire.

If you leave off a sound, your accent may sound like this:

  • "Ba" for BATH (no T in the word)
  • "Pitcher" for PICTURE (no K in the word)

If you replace sounds, your accent may sound like this:

  • "Bat" or "baf" for BATH (changed the TH to a T or F)
  • "Picksher" for PICTURE (changed the CH sound to SH)

How to say Kitchen & Chicken

Take this quick ESL pronunciation speaking lesson to learn how to pronounce the words: KITCHEN & CHICKEN. These words have a slight difference in pronunciation making them confusing to say. Learn the difference between these words to be better understood. Improve your speaking today with this short video lesson.

KITCHEN: K-short i-CH-short i-N

CHICKEN: CH-short i-K-short i-N

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N: http://www.tarlespeech.com/product/the-n-sound/

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Lift a flap books by Karen Katz

I came across these short, fun, colorful, lift a flap books by accident.  They have quickly become some of my favorites.  The children (ages 2-5) that I work with love them too.  They are charming for children and adults.  As most parents know, children enjoy hearing the same story again and again.  Reading these books for the 100th time is still fun for me.  Let's hope that continues since they are a crowd pleaser.

I think the kids like them because they get to do something.  The stories are simple and easy to remember.  The kids get a kick out of reading too.  Since the stories are simple, they quickly learn the book and know what to say to finish each page.

As a therapist, I love that the children get a lot of repetitive practice.  They are easy to modify depending on the child's level.  For instance, I can have a child work on single words to label what is under the flap.  Or, I can work on asking questions, making sentences, describing, or just saying yes, no, or my turn.

For more information, check out Karen's website.

Happy "lifting" and reading:)


How to say Boys & Voice

Take this quick ESL pronunciation speaking lesson to learn how to pronounce the words: BOYS and VOICE. These words have a slight difference in pronunciation making them confusing to say. Improve your speaking today with this short video lesson.

BOYS: B-long oi-Z

VOICE: V-long oi-S

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I Know An Old Lady

The classic children’s tale, “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” has a fun, new twist!

In I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie,  a skinny old lady brings a pie to Thanksgiving dinner. She is hungry and can’t wait for dinner so she eats the pie. She isn’t full so she moves on and on until…

Well, you will have to read the book to find out what happens. Trust me, it is absolutely hilarious. In fact, this book is so much fun that I can read it again and again. A welcome respite for when a little one asks you to read a book over and over.

Take advantage of the excitement to hear the same book again and again. Re-reading a book is a great way to work on language skills. Children learn vocabulary, grammar, and how to tell a story. It is also a great way to build listening and memory skills.

Happy reading and happy eating! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Silly Sally

 

This delightful book is a fun way to practice speech sounds and language skills.  This repetitive line  story book tells the tale of  Sally is who is joined by various animals as she travels to town-backwards and upside down.   Since the lines repeat, even non-readers can retell this story by just looking at the pictures.  Check out these fun ideas for speech practice and language learning.

Practice S and L sounds by saying: "Silly Sally went to town walking backwards upside down."

Work on rhyming by figuring out the action that the animal with do:  "Dance a jig with a silly pig."

Expand vocabulary by picking new animals and figuring out a rhyming action for the animal.

Memorize the lines so that you can retell the story later without the book.

Learn to predict by trying to figure out which animal Sally will meet next.  Hint:  the pictures will give you clues.


Intonation in Elephant Seals

If Elephant Seals can recognize vocal rhythm then YOU can learn to recognize word stress and intonation!