New ELE Flashcard Flipbook Available to Buy Now
We are please to announce that our new ELE Flashcard Flipbook is ready! You can watch a demo video of preview pages in the video above (NOTE that some pages are missing in the preview version but the full verson to buy has all 110 pages).
The book works in your web browser. Our advice is to give it a little time to load up so you can navigate between the pages more smoothly.
The book can be used any way you wish. The main thing is that it will save teachers the trouble of printing in colour. We can all agree that it can be very expensive and also it can be very difficult to find the pictures in the quality and style you want!
You can purchase it now by following the link below which will take you to our ELE Flipbook Store:
Unfortunately at the moment we only accept PAYPAL. If you do not have a PAYPAL accoutn you can easily set one up at CHECKOUT.
After your purchase we will send you an .EXE file which you can download and store on your computer. This version is a lot faster and smoother but can only be used from your computer.
To use from any device click VIEW on the book and enter your email when prompted (this will allow you to use from any device via web browser):
NOTE: It may take a few minutes before you can access the book as we must authorise your login once we get notifcation of your purchase.
You can also copy the direct link below if that is better for you:
We hope to add more Flipbooks for you to use in your classrooms soon. In the meantime it may be useful to read a bit more about plural ‘s’ below to help you use the book more effectively with your pupils and students.
Plural ‘s’ in English.
In English plural countable nouns are nouns we add an ‘s’ to express that there is more than one. For example a cup (one cup), two cups, a bag (one bag), three bags, an apple (one apple), four apples, an orange (one orange), five oranges.
English generally has three ‘s’ sounds when it comes to plural countable nouns. These are /s/ /z/ and /ɪz/.
When describing English sounds, we usually say /s/ is voiceless (a slight whistling air comes out your mouth as you make the sound) and /z/ is voiced (you feel a stronger vibrating sound in your throat). This is illustrated below:
/ɪz/ is also voiced because it has /z/ in it.
The general rule for knowing when plural ‘s’ (the last letter ‘s’ you see in plural countable nouns like cups, herbs, oranges) is that:
- If the final letter of the word is a voiceless sound the plural ‘s’ sound is /s/. Remember voiceless + voiceless.
- If the final letter of the word is a voiced sound, the plural ‘s’ is /z/. Remember voiced + voiced.
You can see this with the chart below (which you can also download for free to use with the ELE Flashcard Flipbook):
Based on the above you can see that most words in English end with a /z/ sound. That’s because all vowels in English are voiced and most of the consonant sounds are voiced too (you can read our blog about English sounds here).
Words which end with voiceless sounds are: cup /p/, hat /t/, sock /k/, cliff /f/ and moth /θ/. As a result, any word which ends with these sounds will have /s/ in their plural form.
As for /ɪz/ this is the sound for plural countable nouns ending with the following sounds:
- /s/ which you can hear in the letters ‘c’, ‘x’. For example ‘fence, fences‘ and ‘box boxes‘.
- /z/ which you can hear in the letters ‘s’ and ‘z’. For example ‘cheese cheeses‘ and ‘maze mazes‘
- /ʃ/ which you can hear in the letters ‘sh’. For exampled ‘dish dishes‘.
- /ʧ/ which you can hear in the letters ‘ch’ and ‘tch’. For example ‘watch watches‘.
- /ʤ/ which you can hear in letters ‘j’ and ‘g’. For example ‘jumper’ and ‘orange oranges‘. (We will write a seperate blog on this sound because in English it can be difficult o know when ‘g’ is /g/ or /ʤ/).
Any word which ends with those sounds will usually have /ɪz/ in their plural form.
REMEMBER This rule is for COUNTABLE NOUNS. This rule also applies to VERBS. For example:
- I cook He cooks /s/
- I dig She digs /z/
- I wash He washes /ɪz/
Why is this important?
For many speakers this is not a big problem and generally does not effect communication. However, this is an interesting feature of English pronunciation and practising this will help speakers who struggle with ending sounds in English.
This is especially noticeable with Vietnamse and Thai speakers who tend to leave many English words open (without an ending sound). By using this interesting pronunciation feature of English teachers can help their pupils and students become more accurate with their pronunciation of plural countable nouns and also encourage their pupils and students to pronounce English words in full with the ending sounds.
Give it a try and see if your pupils and students pronunciation improves over time.
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