Hello Naturals, how are you? I’m your English teacher Gabby and today I’m excited to be sharing a free English lesson with you from the Oval Office. This is a special themed lesson to help you to talk about politics. Now this lesson we’re going to focus on pronunciation. Individual sounds and stress within a word. You know most people think that the individual sounds of English are the most challenging but actually the stress of how to pronounce English words correctly is just as challenging, if not more challenging. So in today’s lesson that’s what we’re going to take a look at. This will really help you to improve your accent and your fluency and confidence in English. If you’re interested in working on improving your English fluency, visit me at GoNaturalEnglish.com and learn about my premium English courses like Fluent Communication, which can help you to develop your English fluency with confidence. Now in this free lesson I’m going to share several vocabulary words with you that are specific to discussing politics and we’ll take a look at the stress and some individual sounds that we need to be really careful with. So let’s begin. We have the word politics. Of course if we’re discussing politics we need to be able to use the word politics. Talking about our government is talking about politics. But the stress in this word can change depending on the word form. In the word POL-i-tics we have three syllables, right? And the first syllable is stressed. POL-i-tics. Sounds like music, right? Please repeat after me if you’d like to practice while you’re watching. POL-i-tics. Also we hae POL-i-cy. Policy is a rule or a law. We have a change when we change this word to the adjective form, pol-I-ti-cal. Political. Political debates. These are discussions that the candidates have (or Presidential Debates) to discuss how they feel about different policies. And we have pol-i-TI-cian, a candidate is a politician or a person who works in politics. We have a very important topic within politics surrounded by money and jobs and imports, exports, labor. This is e-CON-o-my. E-CON-o-my. If we change this to the adjective form it becomes e-con-OM-ics. Economics. You see where we put the stress? It changed, right? Now, candidate is a word that I mentioned before, a person who is running for political office and finally we want to know who will become PRES-i-dent. President, emphasis on the first syllable. If we change this word to an adjective we would say pres-i-DENT-ial. A presidential debate is when the presidential candidates discuss their ideas about policies. And we elect a president through our electoral collage. This is a concept that I’ll explain in another video lesson. This one we’re focusing on pronunciation. E-LEC-tor-al COL-lege. So now that we’ve talked about the stress a bit, I want to focus in on one or two sounds actually. We have to be careful with the L and the R sound. Especially when we’re talking about elections. To make the L sound, you see I put my tongue behind my top front teeth, “luh,” and to make the R sound, I round my lips and my tongue is not touching anything in my mouth it’s simply in the middle, “err.” Now, listen to a word like “president” we have two consonants back-to-back. So, the mistake would be to say Pu-res-ident. We want to combine these two sounds to put them smoothly together. President. Presidential election. Excellent! I’m so glad that you’re improving your pronunciation and your fluency with me so I’m very proud of you for watching. Thank you for watching. I appreciate it and if you enjoyed this, please share this video with your friends so that you can discuss the presidential election together. Thank you so much and I hope to see you soon! Bye for now.