Phonetic Drills

Trial - Gargoyles

To carry water away from the roof of a building, elongated fantastical animals known as gargoyles were used. Usually made of stone, the length of the gargoyle determines how far water is directed from the wall thereby helping to prevent water from causing damage to masonry and mortar. Many medieval cathedrals included gargoyles and grotesques. They are attributed with the power to ward off evil spirits, guarding the buildings they occupy and protecting those inside.


Elongated -/ˈiːlɒŋɡeɪtɪd/Gargoyle - /ˈɡɑːɡɔɪl/Mortar - /ˈmɔːtə(r)/MEDIEVAL - /ˌmediˈiːvl/CATHEDRALS :- /kəˈθiːdrəl/GROTESQUE :-/ɡrəʊˈtesk/
  1. Amul - Utterly, Butterly, Delicious

Amul has been enriching the lives of Indians with health, nutrition and taste for 75 years. Their creative Ads have won the hearts of Indians with their humour, clever wordplay and penchant for calling attention to current events. With their topical Ads, Amul has perfectly captured the taste of India. The Amul girl was created as a response to Amul's rival brand Polson's butter-girl. The Amul girl is a hand-drawn cartoon of a young Indian girl dressed in a polka dotted frock with blue hair and a half pony tied up.

Words to look out for

nutrition (noun) /njuˈtrɪʃn/

heart (noun) /hɑːt/

penchant (noun) Br - /ˈpɒ̃ʃɒ̃/ Am - /ˈpentʃənt/

rival (noun) /ˈraɪvl/

polka dot (noun) /ˈpɒlkə dɒt/

2. Color of the Year | 2022

Pantone Color Institute has announced Very Peri as the color of 2022. It is described as “a dynamic periwinkle blue hue with a vivifying violet-red undertone”. In a world of unprecedented change, Very Peri brings a novel perspective and vision of the trusted and beloved blue color family. It displays a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and "imaginative expression.”

Words to look out for:

periwinkle - /ˈperiwɪŋkl/

hue - /hjuː/

unprecedented - /ʌnˈpresɪdentɪd/

beloved - /bɪˈlʌvɪd/

encourage - /ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒ/

3. Vistadome coach

The Vistadome coach is specially designed with a single large-size look-out window at the observation lounge from where tourists can get a panoramic view. The coach is fully air-conditioned and provided with the glassed-in domed ceiling, automatic sliding doors, rotatable chairs, double reclining seats and a multi-tier luggage rack. The wide windows offer a panoramic view and an exhilarating experience for tourists as it passes through the tunnels, hills and valleys.

Words to look out for

Coach - /kəʊtʃ/

Tourist - /ˈtʊərɪst/

Panoramic - /ˌpænəˈræmɪk/

domed - /dəʊmd/

Tier - /tɪə(r)/

Luggage - /ˈlʌɡɪdʒ/

Exhilarating - /ɪɡˈzɪləreɪtɪŋ/

4. Bánh mì

Bánh mì is a short baguette with a thin, crisp crust and soft, airy texture. A typical Vietnamese roll or sandwich is a fusion of meats and vibrant pickled vegetables. Banh mi is also eaten as a staple food. 'Banh mi' is the Vietnamese word for bread. Pâté is extremely popular as a Banh Mi filling and is often combined with other fillings like chicken, meat or fish.

Words to look out for

Baguette:- /bæˈɡet/

Texture :- /ˈtekstʃə(r)/

Vietnamese :- /ˌviːetnəˈmiːz/

Sandwich :- /ˈsænwɪtʃ/, /ˈsænwɪdʒ/

Pâté - /ˈpæteɪ/