Lesson 7. My Birthday's on Thursday.
|How to make the sound /з:/
/з:/ is a long sound.
Look at the diagram.
Listen and say the sound.
To make this sound, your mouth and your tongue should be very relaxed.
Target sound: /з:/
|Note: /з:/ is a sound English speakers often make when they aren't sure what to say, and we often write it 'er'.
A: What date is it today? B: Er, I think it's the tenth.
|Sound and spelling
/з:/ is spelled ir, or, ur, our, ear or er.
Listen and say these words.
ir bird first birthday circle thirty
or word work world worse worst
ur turn Thursday
ear early earth heard learn
er service Germany prefer dessert weren't verb university
Note: The words her, hers and were are often pronounced with /з:/.
Now listen and say these sentences.
My birthday's on Thursday the thirty-first and hers is a week later.
Important for listening!
Notice that there's always an r in the spelling of /з:/. Most Americans, Scots and Irish, and some other English speakers pronounce these rs. Listen.
1 My birthday's on Thursday the thirty-first, and hers is a week later.
2 When would you prefer, Tuesday or Thursday?
3 That was the worst journey in the world!
4 Have you ever heard this word?
5 A: The cakes weren't very good.
B: I thought they were.
6 She went to university to learn German.
|Listen and put the words in the correct groups.
Check with the Key. Then listen again and repeat.
|Look at the picture and complete the sentences, using the words from Exercise 1.
beard car chair church curtains dirty door floor four girl horse large March near nurse pair parked purse shirt shorts stars surfer third warm wearing
|1 The nurse is sitting on a _______chair next to the _______girl.
2 The boy's _______wearing a _______pair of _______shorts and a _______dirty _______shirt.
3 There's a man with a _______beard standing _______near the _______door.
4 The girl's _______purse is on the _______floor next to the bed.
5 It's _______warm in the room.
6 The date is the _______third of _______March.
7 There's a picture of a _______surfer, and a picture of _______four _______horses.
8 There are flowers on the _______curtains.
9 Through the windows, you can see a _______church, with a _______large _______car _______parked outside. There are some _______stars in the sky.
Listen to check your answers. Check with the Key. Then listen again and repeat.
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