Ketchup or catch up?
This past weekend, one of my accent reduction coaching clients said to me~
Susan, I’ve been so busy since the holidays. I’m still trying to ketchup on my work.
Of course I understood that he meant catch up.
Phrasal verbs rules
Catch up is a phrasal verb.
That means that you stress it on the second part when you say it. This is true for all phrasal verbs.
I’m still trying to catchUP on my work.
Speak clear American English
In order to speak clear American English you must apply the correct syllable stress. Not doing so can change the meaning of a word.
Here are a few examples:
- put down ~ to put something down
- put down ~ an insult
- stand up ~ to get off your chair
- stand up~ a type of comedy
- turn on~ the computer, the stove
- turn on ~ that’s a sexual term
- turn over ~ a piece of paper
- turn over ~ a type of pastry
Learn your phrasal verbs
In my accent reduction coaching programs I teach you to speak clearly using phrasal verb stress and other types of syllable stress that you’re probably unaware of.