"ED" Endings - Podcast Episode 1

Audio Transcript
Welcome to the first English Session. I am your host and English teacher, Mike Butler. These podcasts can help you improve your English! Together, we will talk about grammar… pronunciation… structure... and have some fun too. Remember to visit my website, www.englishsessionswithmike.com to contact me for private lessons, and for more content.
You can also read the transcript of this audio as you listen to this episode.

Listen for these words today:
- “Struggle” here means “to have a difficult time with something”
- “To mix” means to combine, or put together something or more than one thing.

- “To fix” means to repair, or restore, or ‘make good’ again.
- “To drop” means to let something fall down.
- “Silent” means “no sound made”

Sometimes my students struggle with the ED endings of words in English. Words that end with the letters ‘ED’. When do you pronounce the ‘e’ in the ‘ED’ ending?! Here are some helpful tips. First, remember, the ‘e’ in the ‘ed’ ending of VERBS (VERBS) is ALWAYS silent if you don’t have a ’t’ or a ‘d’ BEFORE the ‘ed’. Examples are words like ‘started’, “I started a good book this week”, ‘ended’, “The movie finally ended after two long hours”. Those endings are ’T-E-D’ and ‘D-E-D’. All OTHER “ED” verb endings should be silent. Here are examples: worked (LIKE: wurkt); mixed (LIKE: mikst); fixed (LIKE: fikst); dropped (LIKE: dropt). Here are examples, “I worked hard yesterday”; “I mixed some paint because I will paint my kitchen”; “I dropped my phone and now it’s broken!” and finally, “I fixed my phone and now it’s not broken”.

Adjectives that have ‘ED’ endings are sometimes different. Sometimes you WILL pronounce the ‘e’ in adjectives like ‘learned’. For example, “The woman read a lot of books. She was a learned lady”.  So, the adjective is ‘learned’, but the past tense of learn is ‘learned’, as in, “She learned to swim”.

Now, record your own voice saying these sentences: I worked hard; I mixed some paint; I dropped my phone; I fixed my phone. Compare your voice with my voice. Are you making a sound for the ‘e’ in the ‘ED’ ending? Remember, there should be no vowel sound.

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  1. Thank you, Mike, for the lesson. I love reading and listening to your voice at the same time. It's easy to understand and your examples are relevant !

  2. Thanks Renaud! I encourage everyone to RECORD YOUR OWN VOICE reading my transcript, and THEN listen to the episode. Listen for differences in your pronunciation and mine.


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