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Un juego.

Las diez diferencias.

Uso del pasado y del presente.

AlanSpeak. Ten differences. Las Diez Diferencias.



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"a" y "an": las excepciones.

También el cambio sutil en la pronunciación de "the"

A la hora de usar alguna de estas palabras con "the" recuerda: si el sonido inicial es consonante, la "e" se dice
como la "a" catalana en "porta" o la "e" catalana en "Carles". Si te suena más el francés, la "e" en palabras como
"je", "me" y "le"; pero, si el sonido inicial es vocal, la "e" se dice como el nombre de la letra "e" en inglés.
A mis alumnos les digo que digan la letra "i" española dos veces seguidas.

Empecemos con los sonidos iniciales más comunes que por lo que sea cambian de sonido:
-las palabras que empiezan por "eu-",
-la "h" muda,
-la "o-" inicial que se pronuncia "w",
-la "u" inicial que se pronuncia como el nombre de la letra en el abecedario inglés.

En realidad las excepciones son pocas y, en su mayoría, son palabras de poco uso,

There's a eucalyptus tree in the garden.
You give a eulogy at a funeral.
He always says it's chilly when the temperature is -10ºC. That's a euphemism!
The euphoria after winning a basketball match is incredible.
I am a European citizen. The "Europe" that I live in is not democratic. I can't vote in any General Elections.
A eunuch is a man that hasn't got his vital attributes!
A euphonic piece of music is pleasing to the ear.
The Eurythmics is my favourite group.
The euthanasia supporters group is calling for a protest.

La "h" muda hace que el primer sonido de la palabra sea vocal: heir (heredero), heiress (heredera), heirloom
(objeto heredado), honorarium (dinero que se paga cuando no hay uan tasa establecida), honorary (honorario),
honour (honor), honourable (honorable), honourably (honorablemente), hour (hora), hourglass (reloj de arena),
hourhand (horario-manecilla de reloj), hourly (que ocurre cada hora)

En el caso de la "o" que se pronuncia "w" se trata básicamente de las palabras inglesas "once" y "one". Puesto
que "one" se usa para hacer palabras compuestas tenemos cosas como: a one-act play (una obra de un solo
acto), a one-armed person (una persona manca), a one-eyed monster (un monstruo con un solo ojo),
a one-horse town (insignificante o de poca monta), one-legged (de una solo pierna o pata), a one-man show
(un espectáculo de un único actor) a one-man car (un coche para una única persona)

En palabras que empiezan por la "u" en las cuales la "u" inicial es átona y no combina con otro sonido la pronunciación es "you" o más bien "iú": ubiquitous (ubicuo), ubiquity (ubicuidad), Ukraine (Ucrania), Ukranian, ukelele, ululate (ulular), unanimity/unanimous (unanimidad/unánime), las palabras que empiezan con "uni-" pero ojo con las palabras como "un-interesting (que NO lleva ese guión) y que sean la versón negativa de una palabra que empieza por "i".
Palabras con /ju/ o /iú/: urea (urea), ureter (uréter), urethra (uretra) uric, urine, use (uso/utilidad), ususal, usufruct, usurer, usurper, uterus, utilitarian, utilize, Utopia, utricle, U-turn, uvula,

Por último, y para que me den un óscar, hay algunas palabras que se escriben con yp- en cuyo caso la "y" se
pronuncia /i:/ o diciendo el nombre de la "e". Son muy poco frecuentes para darles importancia, pero como ejemplos: ypsiliform (con forma de "y") o Yprois (de Ipres)




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¿Puedes identificar todos los deportes y las actividades representados en la foto?

Estudia los usos de los verbos "go", "do" y "play" con los diferentes deportes y actividades.

AlanSpeak, sports, activities, esl, efl, go, do, play,

Suggested exercises with this worksheet:


  • I go skiing in winter. I do gymnastics at school. I play football at the weekends.

  • I like skiing but I don't like climbing.

  • Would you like to go skiing on Saturday?

  • I can ski but I am (not) very good at it.

  • I can ski but my friend can't. / I can't ski but my friend can.

  • Let's go skiing. / Let's play football. / Let's do gymnastics.

  • Come and ski with me. / Come and play football with us. / Come and do gymnastics with me.

Look at the information about Ben. Then, read the story.

AlanSpeak, sports, deportes, exercise, ejercicio, esl, efl,

Look at the information about the other children. Then, write their stories.

 AlanSpeak, sports, deportes, exercise, ejercicio, esl, efl,

NOTE: All rights to the character images named "Ben", "Sam", "Ken" and "Pam" in these two exercise sheets belong to and remain with Enoc Burgos. You can find the files here and here. It is free to use for personal use. Not for commercial use.



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A word mat to practise your sounds.

A pond I redesigned, just a little bit and all the sounds. As an EFL teacher I also need /schwa/ and /zh/. Once I make them, I'll just put them into the box with a few extra letters for spelling (doubling consonants) and particularly seperate versions of /c/ and /k/.

AlanSpeak. Phonics. Word mat.

A bucket and balls to dip and mooch in!

I had seen these balls in lots of shops. The idea is simple enough, but I have so many balls in the two packs that I included extra spelling variants and the game is good to go for my older students, who continually complain that I only have games for the younger kids!

AlanSpeak. Play balls. Phonics. Spelling variants.

Ready to fish for sounds.

This has been driving me daft. I probably made all the wrong choices in that I bought the ping pong balls, but they had writing on them. Grrr! I bought spray paint, which for an anti-graffitti person was bold; it was also a lot of fun! The choice of paint was simple... the one I already had in the house from the salt sound tracing trays. I ended up buying a tube of paint to make anti-slip socks. Hopefully it will stand out enough once dried to be visible for the kids. I'll keep you posted.

UPDATE: It was a disaster. The lovely yellow colour sucked all the juice out of the gold paint. I do not know how because it was very dry! However, I have a new white paint/marker and will try that one out and then varnish over it once it dries.

AlanSpeak, ping pong balls, phonics, fishing for sounds

3D Letters for tactile recognition.

I printed out the alphabet using Inkscape and the Simple Print font. I added in lines to help the kids understand the sky, earth and underground reach of the letters. I used textile paint (€3) to go over the letters. Laminated. All that's left is to cut them out.

AlanSpeak, 3D letters, recognition, touch,

Preprimer Sight Word Penguins

Here's a little picture I put together to start working on sight words.

AlanSpeak, sight words, preprimer,

Exploding Phonics Box

I saw this on youtube made up as a card. I thought it would make a great project for two of my students to study words that are written with "ow", which, of course, can be pronounced /oa/ or /ou/. When they have finished their work I'll take more pictures and show you the after version!

AlanSpeak, OW, Exploding, Phonics, Box,

NEW! Sound Position Blocks.

My trolling through Pinterest today led me into a warp, from which I emerged with a complaint from someone that some manufacturer hadn't made all the letters in the three colours. Here's a version that resolves that issue. Print them off, laminate them, chop them up. You can make as many as you like. Please, do let me know if you find any mistakes! Also, if you do use them, let me know how you get on!

AlanSpeak. Phonics. Sound Position Blocks.

Here is a sample image of the Sound Position Blocks:

AlanSpeak. Phonics. Sound Position Blocks. Sample image.

Download the high resolution image for initial sound position here.

Download the high resolution image for middle sound position here.

Download the high resolution image for final sound position here.

I hope you find this useful!


Concentration cars.

I've seen similar activities on Pinterest, but made up this little game for a kid who is having difficulties concentrating on so many sounds coming together. He will also have to write out the word and put the spelling rules into action. Should have more feedback soon.

AlanSpeak. Phonics. Cars for concentration.

Silent "B"

Here's a list of words to practise. Remember... there's NO "b"!

AlanSpeak. Phonics. Silent B.

Mini Lollipop sticks with CVCs

I recently found these mini lollipop sticks and thought they would be fantastic as a way to save space on the table instead of having lots of flashcards to order. Again I've put the voiced "th" in "bold".

It's almost Carnival in Spain, so the shops are full of wonderful props. I also made my most dangerous purchase of recent times, a hot glue gun... Magic wands make for "magic e"!

AlanSpeak. Phonics. Lollipop sticks. CVCs. Magic e.

Impostor "Y"

"Y" is a consonant at the beginning of a word. However, in any other position it works as a vowel. On top of all that, it changes it's position depending on its position in the word. What an impostor!

AlanSpeak. Phonics. Pronunciation of the letter y

La "y" es consonante al principio de la palabra. Sin embargo, en cualquier otra posición funciona como vocal. Además, cambia su pronunciación dependiendo de su posición en la palabra. ¡Menuda impostora!

AlanSpeak. Phonics. Pronunciación de la y.

Primero os ofrezco un dibujo chulo donde los peques pueden ir colocando los globos para formar palabras segmentadas en inglés.

Una vez sepan segmentar la palabra en sus sondidos individuales, tienen que practicar la pronunciación completa de la palabra.

AlanSpeak Phonics blending segmenting board

¡Ahora faltan los sonidos!

Me faltan otros sonidos por preparar. Pronto llegarán.

AlanSpeak, phonics, game, sound balloons, phonemes,

Some stories for reading practice.

Algunos cuentos para practicar la lectura.

Story 1:

AlanSpeak. An ant in pants, pants and pants.

Story 2:

AlanSpeak. Phonics story. Reading. Nan sits in a pan

Story 3:

AlanSpeak. Phonics story. Reading. A man, Nan, an ant and a pan.

Words in the -an family.

AlanSpeak. Phonics. -an family. 


Words in the -at family.

AlanSpeak. Phonics. -at family. 

Words in the -ug family.

AlanSpeak. Phonics. -ug family. 


 I have spent time working on this alphabet using CVC words. A more simple alphabet to use with my young Spanish students.

AlanSpeak Phonics Alphabet for CVCs



This is a work in progress!

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AlanSpeak Sentence Transformation exercise

Basic transformation exercise 01

Answers: Transform the sentences using the word(s) given so that they mean the same as the original.

  1. I'm sure you saw that film. (You must)
    You must have seen that film.
  2. She doesn't need to talk about Glee all the time. (needn't)
    She needn’t talk about “Glee” all the time.
  3. She could afford an expensive lifestyle because she had inherited from her parents. (Being)
    Being rich, she could afford an expensive lifestyle.
  4. Will you have some more coffee? (Change 'have' to 'like')
    Would you like some more coffee?
  5. He didn't want to sing and neither did my friend. (Use 'either')
    He didn't want to sing and my friend didn’t either.
  6. Alex said to her, 'I must be in London by seven tomorrow.' (Alex told her that)
    1) You’re in Bath and tomorrow was three weeks ago.
    Alex told her that he had to be in London the following day.
    2) You’re in London and tomorrow was three weeks ago.
    Alex told her that he had to be here the following day.
    3) You’re in Bath and tomorrow is now today.
    Alex told her that he had to be in London today.
    4) You’re in London and tomorrow is now today.
    Alex told her that he had to be here today.
  7. I'm sorry I didn't study more. (I wish)
    I wish I had studied more.
  8. She was so intelligent a girl that they gave her the job straight away. (She was such)
    She was such an intelligent girl that they gave her the job straight away.
  9. Hardly had we left the hotel when they finally called us. (We)
    We had hardly left the hotel when they finally called us.
  10. The children insisted that they had to save up. (Change 'that' to 'on')
    The children insisted on saving up.
  11. This room needs painting. (This room needs to)
    This room needs to be painted.
  12. I hope to talk again soon. (Change 'hope' to 'look forward to')
    I look forward to talking again soon.
  13. You had better help her with her homework. (I would rather)
    I would rather you helped her with her homework.
  14. Jane is not so pretty as Alice. (Alice is)
    Alice is prettier than Jane.
  15. One of your classmates left this for you. (A classmate)
    A classmate of yours left this for you.
  16. When she told me, I started to laugh. (Use 'couldn't help')
    When she told me, I couldn’t help laughing.
  17. She loves “Glee”. This surprises everyone. (The fact that)
    The fact that she loves “Glee” surprises everyone.
  18. My mother blamed me because the window was broken. (Use “for”)
    My mother blamed me for breaking the window.
  19. We are sure of your sincerity. (Change 'of' to 'that')
    We are sure that you are sincere.
  20. Heavy smoking can cause cancer. (Change 'cause' to 'result')
    Heavy smoking can result in cancer.
  21. My relations are poor. They never suffer from gout. (Use 'afflicted')
    My relations are poor. They are never afflicted with gout.
  22. It is useless to argue with him. (Use 'no use') It...
    It is no use arguing with him.
  23. So late were we that they had to wait for half an hour.
    [Begin 'We were'] We were so late they had to wait half an hour.
    [Begin 'They had'] They had to wait half an hour because we were so late.
  24. It is time for her to stop talking about “Glee”. (It is time she)
    It is time she stopped talking about “Glee”.
  25. The book was too interesting for me to stop reading. (Change 'too' to 'so')
    The book was so interesting I couldn’t stop reading.
  26. Let's go out to dinner, shall we? (How about)
    How about going out to dinner?
  27. The number of people looking for work is going up. (Use 'increase')
    There has been an increase in the number of people looking for work.
  28. Would you be kind enough to fetch me some coffee? (Would you be so)
    Would you be so kind as to fetch me some coffee?
  29. Would you please leave? (Would you mind)
    Would you mind leaving?
  30. No sooner had I opened the letter when I started to shout. (Hardly)
    Hardly had I opened the letter when I started to shout.
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