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I create innovative English language learning material for students of all ages and all abilities. Much of my work is available for free at my website, Britlish.com, while other material is sold through Britlish and Amazon. My current project is a series of focussed comic book format books aimed at highlighting various aspects of English. I call the series Englitainment, as it is a highly entertaining way of teaching English.

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I create innovative English language learning material for students of all ages and all abilities. Much of my work is available for free at my website, Britlish.com, while other material is sold through Britlish and Amazon. My current project is a series of focussed comic book format books aimed at highlighting various aspects of English. I call the series Englitainment, as it is a highly entertaining way of teaching English.
Stone Soup

Stone Soup

Learn English conditionals with this modern update to an old folk tale found in many cultures. In this story, an unsuspecting tramp gets more than he bargained for when he enlists the help of an elderly widow in making his "stone soup". The story is brought to life with lively, authentic dialogue focused on English conditionals and lovingly rendered illustrations. This book is also available for Kindle and in paperback format from Amazon. Find out more at Britlish.com. Comics are a fun way to learn English in a similar way to playing a game. Highly visual, the pictures serve to provide clear context for the vocabulary and grammar that is presented in the characters' dialogues. As the pictures remove the need for huge amounts of text, the bite-sized texts are able to focus on the intended vocabulary and grammar. The dialogue uses authentic language, complete with colloquial expressions and an appropriate register. There is a crossword puzzle included to help learn and remember the vocabulary from the story, as well as a wordsearch puzzle. The puzzles can also be accessed in interactive form on the Britlish website. They can also be printed for use at home or in the classroom. In addition to the puzzles, teachers can also use the comic in the classroom for role-play purposes, writing assignments, and for describing the pictures, as well as for many other purposes.
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The Periodic Table of Elements

The Periodic Table of Elements

I imagine that the periodic table is something that most of us are familiar with from our school days. Even if we have no background in chemistry, most of us can name at least a handful of the elements. Hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and the most common of the elements are familiar to most. Many of the more recently discovered or recently synthesised elements have strange names that are not very memorable. I thought it would be fun to make this Little Bit of Britlish if only to refresh my own memory of the names of the elements. For those students out there who have an interest in the periodic table and the chemical elements, this Little Bit of Britlish will ensure that you can correctly pronounce them all with a British accent. Some of the elements are pronounced differently in American English. This Little Bit of Britlish also looks at superlatives and comparatives in English. Most of the information about the elements contains comparative or superlative forms to give you plenty of examples of how to use them. There are also exercises at the back of the eBook to give you some practice using comparative and superlatives in English. This eBook contains 46 pages, more than 6000 words, and over 123 embedded audio files. It also has an interactive periodic table on each page so that you can quickly navigate to the element of interest.
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Interactive British English IPA Chart

Interactive British English IPA Chart

Join hundreds of students and teachers around the world who have downloaded and enjoyed this easy and engaging way to learn and master the IPA chart and its symbols. I use this eBook with all of my online students when we are looking at accent reduction and an improvement of their British English pronunciation. The IPA chart is an essential cornerstone for anyone wishing to perfect their British English accent. Because it’s so important, and because teaching it demands a considerable amount of teaching time and expense, I decided to write this eBook to make it as easy and cheap as possible for anyone, teacher or student, to get to grips with the British English IPA chart and use it effectively. If you learn the 44 symbols of the British English IPA phonemic chart, you will always be able to pronounce any word correctly with the use of a good dictionary. After a decade teaching phonetics to students and teachers alike, I saw a need for this Interactive PDF format book. It will help you to learn the chart, and also to reproduce the correct sounds for each of the 44 symbols. Never again will you be afraid that you are going to mispronounce a word. The eBook contains over 80 hyperlinked pages and hundreds of audio files which you can listen to without having to leave the PDF document as they are embedded in the pages. Each page also contains an interactive IPA chart, which makes it simple to navigate to the pages for any of the 44 symbols and sounds with the click of a mouse. You are never more than a single click away from the sound you want to practice. This eBook is also available from my website for the Price You Want to Pay, and there is a version on Kindle.
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Parts of the Day

Parts of the Day

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening. It all depends on when you're watching this Video English Lesson. In this lesson, we&'ll find out all about the parts of the day in British English. There is also a PDF typescript and an Interactivity useful for IWBs.
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Captain Britlish - Cat

Captain Britlish - Cat

Phonetic symbol practice with animated character, Captain Britlish. Will help students learn some of the 44 symbols of the British English IPA chart. Worksheet has both alphabetic text and phonetic transcription.
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The Vowel in Bird

The Vowel in Bird

In this lesson, we are going to look at the vowel sound that we find in the word bird. You can see that this vowel has two dots after it which indicates that it is a long vowel sound. Technically, this vowel sound is the open-mid central unrounded vowel. It is a sound that does not normally occur in other languages besides English.
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The Vowel /ɜ:/ in Bird

The Vowel /ɜ:/ in Bird

In this lesson, we are going to look at the vowel sound that we find in the word bird. You can see that this vowel has two dots after it which indicates that it is a long vowel sound. Technically, this vowel sound is the open-mid central unrounded vowel. It is a sound that does not normally occur in other languages besides English.
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The Vowel in Egg

The Vowel in Egg

Technically, the /e/ vowel sound is called the close-mid front unrounded vowel. Some languages, such as Arabic, Cantonese, German and Hindi, have two forms of the vowel sound /e/, each with its own quality. At the end of this video there are some minimal pairs exercises to help you to distinguish between, and accurately reproduce similar vowel sounds.
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The Periodic Table of Elements

The Periodic Table of Elements

I imagine that the periodic table is something that most of us are familiar with from our school days. Even if we have no background in chemistry, most of us can name at least a handful of the elements. Hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and the most common of the elements are familiar to most. Many of the more recently discovered or recently synthesised elements have strange names that are not very memorable. I thought it would be fun to make this Little Bit of Britlish if only to refresh my own memory of the names of the elements. For those students out there who have an interest in the periodic table and the chemical elements, this Little Bit of Britlish will ensure that you can correctly pronounce them all with a British accent. Some of the elements are pronounced differently in American English. This Little Bit of Britlish also looks at superlatives and comparatives in English. Most of the information about the elements contains comparative or superlative forms to give you plenty of examples of how to use them. There are also exercises at the back of the eBook to give you some practice using comparative and superlatives in English. This eBook contains 46 pages, more than 6000 words, and over 123 embedded audio files. It also has an interactive periodic table on each page so that you can quickly navigate to the element of interest.
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Vocabulary - Museums

Vocabulary - Museums

In this video from Linguaspectrum we look at we explore the useful vocabulary of museums by exploring some of the treasures on view at Seville's Archaeological Museum, Spain.
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