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The Short U Sound

The letter u has two short sounds, /Ʌ/ and /Ʊ/. There is no easy way of tell when the short u will say /Ʌ/ or /Ʊ/. Always consult your dictionary to be sure. In today’s lesson, we will be learning about of the two sounds of the short u, /Ʊ/. The vowel /Ʊ/ sound is vowel number eight. It is a short sound which sounds a lot like the ‘o’… Read More »The Short U Sound

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The Short O Sound

The short ‘O’ sound is vowel number six. It is a short sound. The sound does not have an equivalent in our native languages. So, you often find that many persons substitute it with /ɔ/.  So they will say /pɔt/ instead of /pɒt/ leading to native speakers hearing ‘port’.  Listen to how the English sound /ɒ/ is produced and repeat the sound till you master it.  Watch Diction Avenue now… Read More »The Short O Sound

Diction Avenue: Long ‘e’ Sound, Presentations and more

On the avenue this week, we talked about the long ‘e’ sound /i:/ giving word and spelling examples. Our reading was on Lanre the Lizard. You can watch the full episode on youtube now. We also had the pleasure of listening to presentations from Mayors International School, Ikeja and Mind Builders School. The two pupils spoke on tenses and grammar and contrasting the short ‘a’ and ‘e’ sounds respectively. You… Read More »Diction Avenue: Long ‘e’ Sound, Presentations and more

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Diction Avenue Celebrates World Teacher’s Day

In celebration of World Teacher’s Day, October 5, 2019, Diction Avenue is giving individuals an opportunity to celebrate outstanding teachers. Do you know a teacher that has touched your life? Say something nice about your teacher and it will be featured on the next episode of Diction Avenue. The top ten posts will go live on the Avenue.  

This Week on Diction Avenue

How would you feel if your five year old comes home to spell and pronounce some words for you? What if this same child were able to face TV cameras and lights to make that same presentation? No doubt you will feel really proud of her and will want everyone to see what an intelligent daughter you have. Diction Avenue was really entertaining yesterday as Elisa Azu of Agape bundles… Read More »This Week on Diction Avenue

Diction Avenue: Pupil’s Presentation Aug 14

It was the turn of Little Lights School Ipaja and Duke Hall School Alagbado to make presentations on Diction Avenue. The duo of Christopher and Mercy put up a brilliant performance as they wowed the viewers. While Christopher talked about the sound for letter J, Mercy took us down the reading lane. As usual, Abigail Anaba anchored the show. Download and watch the pupils presentation below or watch the full… Read More »Diction Avenue: Pupil’s Presentation Aug 14

Diction Avenue: Pupil’s Presentation

Enjoy the presentations by Semilore of Good Shepherd Schools and Ayomide of Duke Hall Schools. Semilore talked about the Letter L and how it works in words and sentences, while Ayomide shared with us how to spell.   Download video here Watch the full episode on Youtube

Collocation In English

In English, collocation is two or more words that go together naturally.  Collocation makes your English sound fluent and natural. It is like a firm handshake between two people. How Collocation Works Collocation: Big The word BIG is often used alongside happenings or events. For example: A big decision A big disappointment A big surprise A big failure A big improvement   Collocation: Great The word GREAT is often used… Read More »Collocation In English

Talking about the English plural morpheme on Diction Avenue


The English plural morpheme or marker is the letter –S. It has three sound variants -/s/,/z/ and /ɪz/.  It’s important to know when the plural marker –S makes this different sounds in words. /s/ is the voiceless sound of the plural marker –S. And so, the plural marker –S is realized as /s/ when its follows voiceless consonants such as /k/, /p/,/t/,/f/,/θ/ etc You pronounce the plural marker –S as… Read More »THE ENGLISH PLURAL MORPHEME