Phonetic drills

Every Friday, a Phonetic drill will be posted. It contains a short video, 5 new words, their pronunciation, and a text for reading. New phonetic drills include discussion questions for speaking practice. Try out these and make students better speakers of English.

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Bánh mì is a Vietnamese sandwich that combines French and Vietnamese culinary influences. It typically consists of a crusty baguette filled with various ingredients, including savory meats (such as grilled pork, chicken, or pâté), pickled vegetables (daikon radish and carrots), fresh cucumber, cilantro, chili peppers, and often a smear of mayonnaise or pâté.

Words to  look out for:

Baguette - /bæˈɡet/ -  rench loaf, French stick) a loaf of white bread in the shape of a long thick stick

Savory - /ˈseɪvəri/ - tasting of salt; not sweet, savory snacks

Pâté - a French dish: A filled pastry, similar to an English pie, or a savory spread made of ground meat and spices.

cilantro - /sɪˈlæntrəʊ/ - the leaves of the coriander plant, used in cooking as a herb

mayonnaise -  /ˌmeɪəˈneɪz/ -  a thick, cold white sauce made from eggs, oil and vinegar, added to sandwiches, salads, etc.

AI sometimes produces a hallucination, which is any inaccurate or misleading output. Here’s an example: An image generation AI asked to produce "a dog riding a bicycle" might create an image with the dog physically defying gravity or in a setting that looks completely unrealistic. Or, if you tell an AI tool that your sister’s name is Robin. An AI hallucination may be represented as, “Your sister is a songbird.” (There is also a breed of songbird called a robin.) To use AI tools responsibly, fact-checking is essential. One strategy is to request that the tool provide the sources of its information, or a bibliography, so you can investigate the reliability. 

#aihallucination #aiphoneticdrill 


Soft, fluffy, and round green eyes, 

With an adorable meowing noise for attention, people go  ga-ga over cats.

Cats have retractable claws and are widely kept as a pet or for catching mice

A “cool cat” refers to a person, usually a man, who is considered to be "cool". 

 "cat-fight" is a somewhat derogatory term for women or girls fighting (or arguing even).

 "a fat cat" - referring to a rich (sometimes scheming man) who is an important figure within a certain group- or in the society " The hotel was full of fat cats .

"Cat is also the slang word for a "catamaran" which is a type of boat/yacht.

Words to look out for:

Carnivorous - /kɑːˈnɪvərəs/

Retractable - /rɪˈtræktəbl/

Derogatory - /dɪˈrɒɡətri/

Footwear - /ˈfʊtweə(r)/

Yacht - /jɒt/

Spiders have immense patience for their ability to craft intricate, beautifully designed webs of silk. Spider webs can be indeed creepy and unnerving, especially if you walk right into one. Some spiders even add "decorations" within a web, which are called stabilimenta. This could be single zigzag line, a combination of lines, or even a spiral whorl in the web's center. However, these decorations come to life when there is a frost. Spectacular and fascinating, isn’t it? 

Nature’s way of sending us a message of resilience and patience