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TESOL Videos - How to Pronounce 'YOUTHQUAKE'- English Grammar
In this episode, we cover the pronunciation of the word youthquake. This word describes a change in cultural standards brought about tastes and values by the young population. The word is a combination of youth and earthquake indicating the power of the young.
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While this Unit was one of the shorter chapters in length, it was one of the harder chapters to understand. The rules such as present continuous, present perfect, and present perfect continuous, are a lot like the die, das, and der in the German language; you just have to learn which \"the\" goes with each word, much like what each rule does to the sentence. For example, das Messer (the knife), die Butter (the butter), or der Tisch (the table) are some of the vocabulary I have had to memorize with each of their respective \"the's;\" this is the same when learning the tenses and which one does what. To learn what each did I broke up the rules to identify what each rule did and applied it to the sentence. For example, present continuous + negative was broken up to make sense of what each one did and where it showed up in the sentence? Present continuous uses a form of ?to be? (am, is, are) and the infinitive of the verb plus +ing and the negative means there needs to be \"not\" in the sentence. An example of this is, \"You are not looking very well.\" You just have to learn which \"the\" goes with each word, just like you have to learn what each rule changes the sentence. Even though I am a native speaker of English, I had to read this chapter three or four times to start to understand it. After reading the unit twice I started playing some of the games like \"find somebody who...\" and telling some short stories to help me get a grasp of the concepts in the unit. While I'm sure I am not an expert on this unit, I will continue to practice this unit with my future units to make sure I have a firm understanding of all twelve tenses.