3.en.84 Phonetics, suffixes and preffixes

Yesterday did some pronunciation practice with some preffixes that are written the same in Spanish Catalan and English but pronounced differently. “micro” was one example.



Microwave; microscope; Microsoft; microorganisms

we also learnt some suffixes such as “less” and “ful” that pose some spelling problems

harmful; harmless; painful, painless.

Remember that painful is spelled with one single “l”

Here you can see a video on a type of microoorganisms: BACTERIA

I hope you enjoy it and you learn to pronounce BACTERIA with a perfect English accent.



Where do bacteria live?

  • Find examples from the video  and post results to the blog by Friday 6th May
  • Can bacteria be treated with antibiotics?
  • Did you like it?

2.en.53 in England “it” rains more than in Spain.. but in Spain the rain stays mainly in the plain, doesn’t it?

It is raining cats and dogs

This winter has been particularly cold in Sweden, it snowed in  late October

does it rain very often in Majorca during summer?

With Emili and Magdalena you are learning lots of syntax, that’s good, I will not need to explain to you what subject and predicate are, neither transitive or intransitive verbs, in fact it is the same in English. However, there are differences among languages you need to be aware of.

In English, “weather verbs” rain, snow, NEED A SUBJECT.

We use “it”

Are you familiar with  the song “The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain” Have you seen the old musical “My Fair Lady”?

I will tell you about it some other time. With a little bit of effort you can achieve a perfect English pronunciation, just as Eliza does after a crash course on phonetics by professor  Higgins.

In this video you will see how happy they are after she manages to pronounce the sentence correctly.

By the way, you have been correcting spelling mistakes in “Boy”, you did very well at spotting mistakes. Spelling mistakes were often made because some words  were pronounced the same and spelled differently: “hair/hare”

plane/plain are one of those pairs you should not confuse.

Notice how Professor Higgins repeats the question without forgetting the “it”

“Where does it rain?” “Where does it rain?”

Sing along!

  1. Do you know the name of the play My Fair Lady was based on?
  2. Have you seen the film by Julie Andrews?
  3. Do you remember the Photographic Exhibition by Lartigue we went to see at La Caixa? Do you remember I told you some of the photos of elegant women wearing hats had inspired the costumes of My Fair Lady musical?
  4. Did you like the video?
  5. What does soggy mean?
  6. What do you think of the “Spanish” dance?


Post your answers to the blog

1.en.3. Practice your listening skills: take a walk on an urban orchard

Emili posted a power point on sustainable cities with some links in Catalan, Spanish and English to trigger discussion about the topic we shall be working on this year.

The links to the videos did not work properly, so I will upload the videos again and prepare some questions for you. The questions will help you understand better what you hear.


Listen to the video a couple of times. Before listening look at the questions and at the phonemic transcription of the words in bold. it will help you recognize them when you hear them.

Pay attention to the pronunciation of the following words, you know the sounds, we learnt them last year.

orchard /’ɔ:rtʃərd /                 /tʃ/

Ark /ɑ:rk /                         /k /

arch /ɑ:rtʃ /                   /tʃ/

shed /ʃed/                    /

pear /peəʳ/                      //

Now let’s see if you can answer the following questions:

1) How long has the urban orchard been going on?

2) When will it close?

3) Did you see any fish in the pond? what colour?

4)What kind of fruits were there in the growing wall?

5) where do tomatoes grow, inside a shed or outside?

6) what are seed bombs?

7) How many types of apples can you find in the orchard? 4? 14? 40?

8) How many types of pears?

9) tick the fruits that can be found in the orchard

lemons, cherries, quinces, plums, bananas, peaches, kiwis

10) When will  the apples be ready for picking?

Post the answers to the blog. Remember, once a classmate finds the correct answer, there is no need to repeat it. Everyone must copy the answers in their notebook.