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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Three Rules For The Pronunciation of "ed". Listen and Fill the Blanks.

"Festival of The Flowers/Festival de las Flores" by Diego Rivera

1. Mr. Peterson himself when he tried to bake cookies.

2. The student found this class too easy, so he to a higher level.

3. I my car on Twenty-Second Street near Bartlett.

4. After I the silverware, it looked like new.

5. It was one of the best restaurants in town. Everything delicious.

6. I'm exhausted. I fifteen hours yesterday, and I didn't get much sleep.

7. Mr. and Mrs. Blue their apartment last weekend. They didn’t it blue.

8. Mary her five year old son before she left him at school.

9. My cousin's plane in San Francisco last night at 10:30. I had to pick him up.

10. The mail carrier the package to the wrong address.

11. We didn't get out of the meeting until 11:00. It late.

12. All of the newspapers the story about the kidnapping.

13. After I my car thoroughly, I vacuumed the inside.

14. Jeff left on Sanchez Street instead of right. He got completely lost.

15. Little Red Riding Hood some delicious cookies for her grandmother.

16. The wolf out of the woods and stood in the girl's way. She was frightened.

17. We our class reunion. We saw a lot of people we hadn't seen in a long time.

18. I like to play music that Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart .

19. I was cleaning the bathroom when I a leak in the

20. Mary an interesting documentary on Channel Nine.


Three Rules For The Pronunciation of "s"

"Perspicacity" by Rene Magritte

Rules For Pronunciation of final “s”

A. After voiceless consonants, “s” = /s/ as in “mops”
B. After voiced consonants, “s” = /z/ as in “turns”
C. After sibilant consonants, “s” is always “es” and = /Iz/ as in “washes”

1. Janet never the telephone after 7:00 PM because she needs to concentrate on
her homework.

2. When it rains, he carries an umbrella and a raincoat.

3. Valencia Street has some good . We like to go there for dinner.

4. When Jack goes on a long trip, he two suitcases.

5. This apartment has a kitchen, a dining room, and two .

6. How many do you speak? Three. Spanish, Portuguese, and English.

7. This mosquito bite . Is there something I can put on it?

8. It’s usually cheaper to eat at a cafeteria. We use when we eat there.

9. Maria up her children every day after school.

10. The San Francisco Public Library is a good place to borrow .

11. A person who how to repair computers can make a good salary.

12. The little girls like to dress up as on Halloween.

13. Paper hold sheets of paper together. I needs two boxes.

14. Echinacea and Golden Seal are good for and flu.

15. The in Hawaii are more beautiful than any in California.

16. You can buy cassette at the drugstore.

17. The President usually very well, but last night, he was boring and vague.

18. You can throw banana in the trash cans, but not paper.

19. That dog always at all the mail carriers.

20. Our students are from different countries, and they are different .

21. Ben Johnson a furniture truck. He sometimes for fourteen hours straight.

22. The bookstore on Wednesday at 7:00 pm. It reopens the following Tuesday

at 10:00 am.

23, The Express Bus at Sixteenth and Mission.

24. Mabel Wong to visit China next month and see her relatives.

25. are on sale at the jewelry store this week. They’re 10% off.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Initial "b". Listen and Fill the Blanks.

"Little Girl in a Blue Armchair" by Mary Cassatt, 1873

1. The child got a stomachache because she ate a whole of candy.

2. The bride will throw the . Whoever catches it will be the next person married.

3. I heard the door ring. Will someone please answer it?

4. I like this job because it has a good salary and good .

5. Patricia wore a that matched her dress. Everybody said she looked great.

6. We walked for a long time in the park. We were tired, so we sat down on a .

7. The first classes at Mission Campus at 8:30 AM.

8. The picnic was canceled it was raining. We’re going to have it next weekend instead.

9. All the dogs in the neighborhood at the mail carrier.

10. You must always your seat belt when you drive a car.

11. When the water boils, you can see a lot of .

12. Downtown San Francisco has a lot of high .

13. My shirt is missing a . I have to find a matching one and sew it on.

14. If you see a in your house, don’t kill it. Gently put it outside.

15. The light in our room burned out. We need to replace it.

16. They money from the bank in order to buy the house.

17. I enjoyed the movie “Hamlet”. It’s one of the movies I’ve ever seen.

18. Have you ever to New York? Yes, I’ve there several times.

19. Strong coffee without a little sugar and cream tastes .

20. My cousin is having a party next week, and I have to buy a present for her.

21. In the oven, I like to cookies, pie, cake, and bread.

22. Manuel plays the saxophone in the school jazz .

23. The products at Lord and Lady Department Store are than the products at Super Saver, but more expensive.

24. Maria’s children were all in San Francisco at General Hospital.

25. I bought some logs at Safeway for my fireplace, but they didn’t very well.


Initial "sh" and "ch"

"Woman With Chignon" by Pablo Picasso, 1901

1. The teacher hopes that the students don't on the exam.

2. She's running a temperature, and she has a . The doctor says she has the flu.

3. If you don't have a book, you must one with another student

4. Where can I buy inexpensive ? At Payless Shoe Store on Mission.

5. Mary can't come to school today, but be in school on Monday.

6. I'm going to the supermarket. I need to buy a little .

7. I know Judith very well. a student in our class.

8. They can hear the ocean. Their house is near the sea .

9. That restaurant has a good selection. There are a lot of dishes to from.

10. That student has no place to sit down. We need another .

11. Don't put your hand on that electric wire. You might get a .

12. The barber is open every day except Sunday.

13. This is too small. It doesn't fit this large bed.

14. A teacher uses to write on the blackboard.

15. You can always see one or two in San Francisco Bay.

16. The cook's helper knows how to vegetables very quickly.

17. are farm animals. They have wool. Sweaters and jackets are made from wool.

18. At that Mexican restaurant, they serve a bowl of before the meal.

19. I like to sweep the sidewalk in front of my house. That isn't too difficult.

20. Used cars are , but they're not always reliable.

21. You don’t have to worry about these car windows. They’re proof.

22. Larry is a box. He talks all the time. He never stops talking.

23. Laura gave her husband a for his birthday. He loved it.

24. The bride was late to her wedding because she forgot the address of the .

25. You can buy roses at a very nice flower on Mission Street.

26. Flora and Lisa are roommates. They each have their own room, and they the kitchen and the bathroom.

27. If you drive out of the city, you’ll see grazing in pastures.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

After sibilant consonants, in plural nouns, and in the 3rd person singular of verbs, and in the possessive form, the sound of “s” is /Iz/.

"The Boating Party, 1893" by Mary Cassatt

1. There are some pretty on sale at the department store this month.

2. I like this pair of pants. It my favorite shirt.

3. He usually his clothes at the laundromat on Valencia Street.

4. Jim only TV on Sunday morning or afternoon. He only watches football

5. The workers are going on strike for higher .

6. Combs and are on sale this month. They’re 20 percent off.

7. The for on and off are on the sides of the machines.

8. Julia is a talented singer and she every day.

9. Here’s a picture of our class last semester. Do you recognize the ?

10. Before, you could only speak one language. Now, you can speak two .

11. We’ll sit down on one of the in the park, and we’ll eat lunch and
listen to the birds.

12. They need two of broccoli and three of carrots.

13. That mechanic always my car very well. I trust her to do a good job.

14. Elizabeth is in good shape because she regularly.

15. Our school is one of the best to learn English.

16. How many of strawberries do you want? I’d like three , please.

17. How often do the run on Mission Street? Every fifteen minutes.

18. Stan has trouble deciding what to eat. He always his mind.

19. Ann never a check at the bank. She usually uses an ATM machine.

20. Harry cut himself badly. He needed seven .

21. City College has several different ; for example: Mission, Chinatown, and Downtown.

22. Students in our program are different and come from many different

23. This mosquito bite . Is there something I can put on it?

24. The optometrist can give you a prescription for new .

25. Jeff several different kinds of soap to clean the kitchen.


After voiced consonants, in plural nouns, and in the 3rd person singular of verbs, and in the possessive form, the sound of “s” is /z/

"Reflection" by Rene Magritte

1. All of the on my car need tires.

2. Julia beautifully. I love to listen to her.

3. Her brother Antonio accompanies Julia. He the guitar.

4. Mrs. Davis to work in the garden. It’s her favorite way to relax.

5. When Sergio comes to school, he usually walks down Mission Street and
left at 22nd.

6. I like that waitress. She always my coffee cup.

7. It doesn’t rain much in the summer, but it a lot in the winter.

8. Doris is going to the department store. She a dress.

9. Robert always a seat for the plane one month in advance.

10. That student very tired. Maybe he studies too hard.

11. Maria always words correctly because she uses her dictionary.

12. There are a lot of good, inexpensive on Mission Street.

13. I need two of paper towels and two of film.

14. He buys a lottery ticket every week, but he never anything.

15. She English. She attends class in the evening.

16. The classroom really need to be painted.

17. It a little cold in here. Please turn up the heat.

18. The mail carrier my mail every afternoon except Sunday and holidays.

19. How many are there in November? There are thirty .

20. She has an aptitude for languages. She English easily.

21. The doctors says I should take one of these after each meal.

22. Several were damaged in the last forest fire.

23. That mechanic works very hard. She several cars each day.

24. After you finish using the , please put them back in the cabinet.

25. San Francisco has several very steep . If you like to walk, they’re good exercise.


Saturday, October 24, 2009

After voiceless consonants, in plural nouns, and in the 3rd person singular of verbs, and in the possessive form, the sound of “s” is /s/

"Personal Values" by Surrealist Painter, Rene Magritte

1. She works in a bakery. She cookies every day.

2. What bus does Mario take? He the Number 14 Bus.

3. Janet’s mother her use the telephone for a half hour daily.

4. The children wear their every winter.

5. The Number 49 Bus at the corner of Mission and 21st.

6. Judy to go to the movies because the popcorn is tasty.

7. Tom to work overtime, but he needs the extra money.

8. Most of the on Mission are open for lunch.

9. Robert must change planes when he to Los Angeles.

10. When does Elizabeth work? She Monday to Friday.

11. What time does she wake up every day? She up at 6:00.

12. Mrs. Brown is a seamstress. She beautiful clothes.

13 Stanley Chinese food on Wednesday.

14. We receive our pay every two weeks.

15. Mrs. Blue her kitchen floor once a week.

16. I like to dance with Bill except when he on my feet.

17. San Francisco Bay has several where ships stop.

18. The first class of the day at 8:30.

19. He’s late for his flight when he his suitcase at the last minute.

20. Tom tells very funny stories. Everybody at his jokes.

21. Golden Gate Park has several very nice .

22. Jack and his neighbors are friends. He to them every day.

23. Ruth doesn’t live far away. She lives only a few from Mission Campus.

24. She likes to exercise. That’s why she to school every day.

25. are on sale at the clothing store this month. They’re 40% off.


Thursday, August 27, 2009

"Ed" = "t", after voiceless consonants.

1. The children at the clown. He was funny.

2. Jack for that company for many years.

3. She the present. She used beautiful wrapping paper.

4. I a very interesting documentary on TV last night.

5. The secretary several letters yesterday afternoon.

6. The mechanic my old car last week. He said I needed new brakes.

7. The baseball player the ball. His team lost the game.

8. I all of the dishes in the kitchen cabinet.

9. Mrs. Green spaghetti for dinner last night.

10. Bob an elderly lady to cross the street last night.

11. He work at six o’clock last night. After that, he went home and had dinner.

12. Before I left the house yesterday morning, I the door.

13. Did you take the bus to school yesterday? No, I didn’t. I to school yesterday.

14. He for a good used car last month, but he couldn’t find one.

15. A little dog suddenly crossed the street. I my car.

16. The president was tired because he to important people all day.

17. I at a one hour meter. I’d better feed it a quarter.

18. John over a curb and fell down. But, he only has a bruise.

19. We our car yesterday, and now it looks like new.

20. Maria up her children after school and took them home.

21. Bill on his girlfriend’s feet at the dance last night.

22. Bill’s girlfriend wasn’t angry. But, she with a different partner.

23. I’m glad I the final exam. Now, I can go to the next level.

24. I got a mosquito bite last week. It a lot, so I it.

25. After Tom got the job, he home to tell his wife the good news.


"Ed" = "d" after voiced consonants. Listen and Fill the Blanks.

1. Mr. and Mrs. Green to a new apartment last month.

2. They a change of address card to the post office.

3. P.G.and E. off the electricity in their old apartment.

4. Mr. and Mrs. Green have the same phone number. I them last night.

5. We our credit card to buy Christmas presents for our friends.

6. We two seats on the airplane. We took a trip to Los Angeles.

7. Before we left our apartment, we the kitchen.

8. After I got dressed, I my hair. Then I went downstairs and had breakfast.

9. After I out the application form, I gave it to the employer.

10. They wanted to open a new restaurant. They six thousand dollars from the bank.

11. They their new restaurant two months ago. It was successful.

12. We ourselves at the party. We danced and sang.

13. The children in the playground all afternoon.

14. They like to exercise. They in the park yesterday.

15. The thief four hundred dollars from their store.

16. We him when he said he was the son of a famous movie star.

17. We about our roof for a long time, so we finally it.

18. They how to play tennis last summer. They went to a tennis camp.

19. There was only one waitress at the restaurant. She a lot of customers.

20. I hope all of the students here today already . If not, talk to me.

21. The construction worker the visitors about the falling debris.

22. The President visited the City. He at the people from his car.

23. I all of the plants very well before I left for vacation.

24. The employer many job applicants last week.

25. My doctor a good medicine for my stomachache.


"Ed" = "Id" after "t" and "d". Listen and Fill the Blanks.

1. They a new mayor for the city last month.

2. We Mr. and Mrs. Blue to come over to our house for dinner.

3. How long did you for the bus? I a half hour for the

4. I forgot to take out the garbage yesterday morning, but my wife me.

5. We a concert last night. The music was excellent.

6. The new employees working last Monday. They’re doing very well.

7. We to go out to lunch yesterday, but we didn’t have enough money.

8. They some new tools, so they went to the hardware store.

9. We looked at the apartment. It was very nice. We to rent it.

10. The teacher my English homework.

11. The plane at San Francisco International Airport.

12. The T.V. program started at 7:OO PM. It at 8:00 PM.

13. We program. We used a Video Cassette Recorder.

14. Mary five hundred dollars in her checking account.

15. The Browns their living room last Friday.

16. The color on these walls over time. We should paint them.

17. Your car hit mine. You should drive more carefully. You my fender.

18. They a floor sander from the tool rental on South Van Ness.

19. The nurses the doctor during my brother’s operation.

20. The teacher my son’s examination last week. He got an “A”.

21. My daughter from high school two years ago. Now, she’s in college.

22. The tour bus went to the top of a hill. The tour guide to the bridges.

23. We a lot of new flowers in our garden last spring.

24. How long did your shoes last? They only four months because I walk a lot.

25. A piece of bread on the lake a while before the duck ate it.


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Initial "l" and "r". Listen and Fill the Blanks.

1. The conductor is the orchestra. They’re playing a symphony.

2. When you go to a job interview, make sure you’re not .

3. Please, put everything away and turn off the before you close the store.

4. There are too many in the ground. It’s difficult for plants to grow there.

5. Tom me his English book. I have to return it to him tomorrow.

6. Every day, we write our initials on the class .

7. What’s with this computer? The screen is frozen. I can’t do anything.

8. The students are a story about Susan B. Anthony, a famous woman in American history.

9. All of her life, Susan B. Anthony fought very hard for women’s .

10. A professional tennis player must have a very strong .

11. I’m looking for a telephone company that has a good for long distance calls.

12. I like this apartment very much and the location is convenient. How much is the ?

13. After he leaves his house in the morning, he always the door.

14. It takes a time to go from San Francisco to New York by car.

15. I like to eat salads because vegetables have a lot of healthy vitamins.

16. The mountain are narrow and have a lot of curves.

17. All newcomers to this country should understand immigration .

18. There is a coffee left in the pot. Do you want a small cup?

19. How many of laundry can I wash with this box of detergent?

20. What’s black and white and red all over? Do you know the answer to this ?

21. Appliances at this store are expensive than the other store.

22. Henry is busy Monday and Tuesday, but he can attend the of the week.

23. Which are you sitting in? I’m sitting in six.

24. The airplane flies when it’s landing or taking off.

25. Parents must teach their children what’s right and what’s .

26. Highway 5 is the est road in California.

a. roadse. listi. lawm. longq. locksu. little
b. loadsf. wristj. rawn. wrongr. rocksv. riddle
c. lightsg. lentk. leadingo. lates. loww. less
d. rightsh. rentl. readingp. ratet. rowx. rest

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Initial "r". Listen and Fill the Blanks.

It usually rains in January.

1. When I buy wood at the lumber yard, I tie it on my car with a .

2. It usually in January and February.

3. To get to the supermarket, turn , walk two blocks, then turn

4. I like to eat broccoli and shrimp with steamed .

5. He needs to buy two of film for his camera.

6. We don’t have anymore envelopes. We out of them.

7. There are several apartments for on this block.

8. The stole a hundred dollars from the store, but he was caught only two hours later.

9. Do you the bus to school every day? No, I walk every other day.

10. Highway 101 is a very long . You can drive to L.A. on it.

11. These carrots aren’t cooked. They’re , and they’re delicious.

12. THe road is very rough. There are a lot of in it.

13. I didn’t receive the letter because it went to the address.

14. Six students are sitting in the third .

15. If you want a seat on the plane, you must make a one month in advance.

16. Did you write a letter to your friend? Yes, I her yesterday.

17. My father will from his job at age 65. Then, he’ll take it easy.

18. You can go fishing in that . It has a lot of big fish.

19. I a very interesting book about computer technology last month.

20. Some of the shelves in the kitchen are very high. I need a step ladder to them.

21. Movie stars are famous people. They’re also very .

22. When I left the house today, I forgot my notebook, but my wife me.

23. I got a new job last week. ? That’s great. Congratulations.

24. If you have a cold, it’s better to stay home and get a lot of .

25. There was a traffic jam yesterday. It was difficult to clear the off the highway.


Initial "l". Listen and Fill the Blanks.

Lake Tahoe

1. Please me a dollar and a half. I’ll pay you back tomorrow.

2. I have to wash three of laundry. I have a big family.

3. You should be on time for work. Try not to be .

4. You can buy plywood at the yard. They also sell tools.

5. I don’t want a blue shirt. I want a dark blue shirt.

6. You me to the supervisor’s office. I’ll follow you.

7. This plane is flying very . That’s because it’s going to land.

8. The line at the bank was very . I had to wait a long time.

9. There are a lot of ducks in the at the park.

10. You can borrow books at the public . You can’t buy books there. You can buy books in a bookstore.

11. What do you speak? I speak Spanish and a little English.

12. I pay my rent to the every month. I put a check in her mail box.

13. She is studying at the university. She wants to be a lawyer.

14. I him ten dollars yesterday. He said he will pay me back tomorrow.

15. When I leave my apartment, I always the door. I forgot my key once. The manager had to let me in.

16. Don’t your keys. Keep them together on a key ring.

17. These shoes are too . I think I need a smaller size.

18. summer, we went to Lake Tahoe for vacation. We had a great time.

19. California is the state on the West Coast.

20. How long have you in San Francisco? I have here for fourteen months.

21. The president is the of our country. We elect one every four years.

22. The on Valencia Street was closed. I had to wash my clothes at a different one.

23. The edge of the highway is a for bicycles.

24. Jose has to class fifteen minutes early every day.

25. The factory closed last January and all the workers were off.


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