Rock Your English! newsletter

Hello, sweetie. Thank you for letting me slip into your inbox today! I will do my stinky best to leave it with some tips, tricks, and a smile on your gorgeous face. Because YOU ROCK!!! And if you don’t believe me, ask for a second opinion.

WHAT’S UP IN BUFFILAND

Ooh, tons of good stuff! I did a workshop for the winners of the Cortonville Demo Dock – you can read about it here.

I chaired Songwriting auditions at the Rockacademie and am so excited to work with new victims in the fall! (Oops, I mean students. Yes, students. Not victims. Unless completely necessary, of course!)

Friday night prime time, Holland was witness to the much-improved pronunciation of X Factorcandidate, Adriaan, who I have been coaching. He got through such challenging lyrics that would be a struggle for anyone, and I’m thrilled with the kind words of Gordon and Angela! You can check the fragment here.

LET ME SAVE YOUR ASS IN ENGLISH!

Darling, you know there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for you when it comes to making your English learning journey fun and fabulous! I love reaching out to you via these newsletters, Twitter, and Facebook. And now I’m asking if you can support me in my new adventure – getting my new book published! The book itself is 10 euros, and a bookmark is 5 euros, but you can also invest in a cool workshop for your office (hello, Business English!) or your school (yes, grammar can be so much fun, I promise!). Every little bit counts, and I’m so grateful for your support. If you cannot contribute at this time, please share! Thanks so much! Here’s the link.

PRONUNCIATION IN THE PAST TENSE

Sweetie, you probably know that regular verbs end with ED in the Past Simple, but did you know that the pronunciation isn’t always the same? You will soon!
All regular verbs that end in CH/SH/K/S/P/F have a  /T/ sound when we add the /ED/ for example: 
Watched-WatchT, Walked-WalkT, Laughed-LaughT.

With verbs that end with a /T/ or /D/ sound, we fully pronounce the /ED/ sound for example: Want- WantED, Fade- FadED.

All the rest of the verbs have just a single /D/ sound, for example:
 Played/ PlayD, Robbed/ RobD.

Just had to share that nifty tip with the group.

YOUR QUESTIONS – ANSWERED!

“Hey Buffi! Love your newsletters! I was wondering which is right – ‘My love is endlessly’ or ‘My love is endless’?” Thanks!” from R, via email.

Thank you, R for asking! It’s so sweet that your love for my newsletters is neverending! 😉 Good that you asked because the ‘ly’ situation comes up quite a bit! If you are describing a verb of action, then use ‘ly’ at the end. For example, “He talked endlessly about his vacation”. However, if the verb is from ‘to be’ (am, is, are, was, were) then no ‘ly’ is needed. “His love for her newsletter was endless.” Hope that helps!

HATE TO LOVE YOU AND LEAVE YOU DARLING

But I have to set my DVR because tonight I’ll be on De Beste Singer Songwriter Van Nederland! (Just act surprised when you see me.)

Sending you a hot air balloon filled with your 3 loveliest friends, who all sing you a serenade of your favorite song while feeing you chocolate dipped strawberries in between sips of pink champagne….in my head!

Thank you for all your support!

Wit lof from buffi xx

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