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Does learning English help your career? Meet someone who thinks it does and hear how she talks about her life in past simple tense. Then, learn how to pronounce past simple verbs correctly.

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Activity 2

How to pronounce past simple endings

The -ed ending of past simple words looks easy to say, but don’t be fooled – it’s not as easy as it looks! This activity will introduce you to the 3 different ways to say past simple –ed words.

Finn explains everything in this video. Have a look.

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Hi, I’m Finn, with another pronunciation tip for you. Today we're going to look at how to say regular verbs in the past simple tense. There are three ways to do this.

First, for verbs that end in /t/ or /d/ like want or decide the ending is /Id/. Want - wanted; decide - decided.  Now, for verbs that end in /k/ like look, /sh/ like wash, /ch/ watch, /s/ kiss and /p/ stop, the ending is /t/: so, kiss - kissed; wash - washed; watch - watched.  For most other verbs, the ending is /d/. So, train - trained, love - loved, play - played.

Ok – game time! I’m going to say 10 verbs from the unit, and I want you to pronounce them in the past tense correctly. Ok, say it out loud. Don't be shy and see if you can get 10 out of 10.

kiss… kissed

want… wanted

stop… stopped

stay… stayed

climb… climbed

ask… asked

decide… decided

wait… waited

train… trained

and call… called

And that's it! How did you do? That's it for today's pronunciation tip. See you next time. Bye!

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Do you feel more confident about the past simple endings now? There's more pronunciation practice with Finn in the next activity.

Session Vocabulary

  • /Id/ For verbs that end in /t/ or /d/ sounds

    decided 

    waited 

    wanted 

    competed 

    started 

    restarted

    /t/ For verbs that end in /p/, /k/, /sh/ or /ch/ sounds

    stopped

    finished

    asked

    finished

    looked 

    liked 

    walked 

    eavesdropped

    /d/ For most other verbs

    lived 

    called 

    loved 

    trained

    scored 

    stayed 

    retired 

    climbed 

    achieved