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Russian proverbs and idiomatic expressions in English

Russian proverbs and idiomatic expressions in English

It is interesting to note that Russian culture has its own version of idiomatic expressions that actually often have a matching version in English. The Speech Improvement Now American English Pronunciation Software therefore offers a section for idiomatic expressions to best help you comprehend the meaning of these sayings. Here are a few examples. “Арте́льный горшо́к гу́ще кипи́т.” Literal translation: An artel’s pot boils denser. English version: With a helper a thousand things are possible; Working as a team produces better results. An artel means a cooperative of workers or producers. Working as a team with us here at Speech Improvement Now will help you achieve the goal of clear effective speech, because an artel’s pot boils denser! “Без труда́ не вы́тащишь и ры́бку из пруда́.” Literal translation: Without effort, you can’t even pull a fish out of the pond. English version: No pain, no gain. Without trying and practicing every day, even when you

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Pronunciation Confusion of American English Vowels

Pronunciation Confusion of American English Vowels

In my American English Pronunciation Software Program for Slavic speakers I teach how to pronounce vowels and consonants in their own categories so that each person can experience a great deal of practice for each sound. As a practical shortcut I put together words and word pairs that people frequently ask me: “What is the difference between these two words? Because they sound the same to me!”   For example, if you mix up the vowels /I/ and /i/(pronounced “ee”) you will end up saying “sh*t” for “sheet” which, needless to say, will not go over well in a business meeting.   Here are a few other /I/ and /i/ pairs that people frequently mix up: ship and sheep kiss and keys tin and teen lid and lead   Additionally, Slavic speakers frequently mix up the /eh/ and /ae/ sounds as in “said” pronounced “sehd” – which sounds like they are saying

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