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The untold spy story of WWI

In 1910 a proposed Alliance between Germany and France (See New York Times Article ) worried Britain so they sent someone to 'sniff around'.

The story is a personal journey of discovery set in the vibrant energy that is Zanzibar. Susan finds herself in the palace of the great Sultan of Zanzibar as private tutor to his children. She immerses herself in the heady experiences of that rich island. From making friends with her personal servant, Subira, to falling in love with Asim, a senior member of the Sultan's court. Susan delights in the discovery of Zanzibar and the discovery of herself. The only shadow being that she was recruited by British Military Intelligence as a spy. That compromises her love for Asim and will eventually cut the silken thread that is her journey into the exotic.

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 The Consonants are ALL the letters of the Alphabet that are NOT the 5 vowels (a,e,i,o,u)



 You NEED to know the Common Sounds of the Alphabet

DO NOT try to memorize them as a list.

Go to the Jinpao videos and listen to the alphabet song.

Soon you will be able to write the down the alphabet and say the two common sounds.

Each letter in the alphabet has two basic sounds. The LONG sound and the SHORT sound.

There are others, but you will learn them over time as you need them.

If you use one of the two basic sounds (the Long sound and the Short sound) you will pronounce the word correctly most of the time. If the new word you are learning uses another sound, then an English speaker will know what you are trying to say, and correct you.

NURSERY RHYMES are the best way to learn ALL the sound you need to speak English

Often CONTEXT will help you: is the person speaking in the kitchen, the bathroom, the bedroom... is the person pointing to something... is the person eating .....




English consonants, like vowels, have two sounds

Short Consonant Sounds

Short Consonant Sounds sound like they are said with an 'ur' sound (as in hurt) the 'ur' is said very quickly

b (b'ur)- ball - as in bei -

c (c'ur) - c
an - as in ku - 哭 (the Chinese 'k' is pronounced like the English 'c')

d (d'ur) - do - sounds like dou - 都

(f'ur) - food - sounds like fu -

(g'ur)  - go - sounds like  gou -

(h'ur) - hot - sounds like hei -

j (j'ur) - jump - sounds like zhe -

k (k'ur) - kind - sounds like  ke -

l (l'ur) - lost - sounds like le -

m (m'ur) - must - sounds like ming -

n (n'ur) - nurse - sounds like nu -

p (p'ur) - purse - sounds like pu -

q (q'ur) - queen - there is no 'q' sound in Chinese

r (r'ur) - rest - sounds like ren -

s (s'ur) - sell - sounds like su -

t (t'ur) - tell - sounds like ta -

v (v'ur) - very - there is no 'v' sound in Chinese

w (w'ur) - want - sounds like wu -

x (pronounced 'ex')  - no Chinese words have an 'x' sound, which is why it is difficult to pronounce if Chinese is your first language.

y (y'ur) - yet - sounds like yi fu - 衣服

z (z'ur) - zero - sounds like zao - 早

Long Consonant Sounds

Sometimes there is no ENGLISH word that begins with a long cononant

When you learn the English Alphabet you always learn the LONG sound first


A - ache

B - been

C (no English word starts with this sound)

D - deed

F - feed

G - gene

H (no English word starts with this sound)

J -  jeep

K - kite

L (no English word starts with this sound)

M - [hem]

N - [hen]

P - (pea)

Q (no English word starts with this sound)

R - run

S (no English word starts with this sound)

T - tea

U - uniform

V - (vee) venus

W - (double-you, said exactly as it is read, double 'you' )

X - x-ray (pronounced 'ex')

Y (pronounced 'why')

Z (pronounced 'zed')


There are other sounds (English is all about exceptions to the rule) - the letters after the consonant tell you what that 'other' sound is. Do not worry about them, you will soon find them and learn what they are through practise.



Listen to the Alphabet Song

(These are the LONG sounds - you learn the SHORT sounds separately)

 A B C D E F G




and Z

Now you know your ABC

Come along and sing with me


 This Video has the LONG and the SHORT sounds


 This Video has the short sounds - listen to them and LEARN them, they are use ALL THE TIME in English