Author Archives: Helen Cunningham

The missing T in spoken English

In this blog post we are going to look at when the T sound is not pronounced in spoken English. This ‘elision’  happens most often with words that end in – t.  The t at the end of a word is often not pronounced when the next word begins with a consonant.

Connected Speech – how to understand spoken English.

It’s Friday night….you have a message on your phone. Listen to my message and write down everything that you can hear. Remember – this is natural conversational speed English. It is fast. I am leaving you a quick message as I travel home from work. The sound quality is not great, everyday life is not usually silent in the background. You will not hear all the words, as I don’t say them all fully. What is important is to work out what the gist of the message is.

Missing Sounds in English conversations.

If your goal is to understand native speakers when they speak in fast natural conversation, then you need to learn why  you can not hear all the sounds and the words.  You might think that your ears are missing hearing some of the sounds but often you can not hear the sounds because native speakers do not pronounce them!

Connected speech in English Conversations.

This week we are going to look at two phrases that are very common in English What do you want to do? Do you want to…? These are two basic and very common phrases. I am sure you all understand what they mean. But when you hear these phrases in normal conversational speed English they will often sound very different to the way you might expect them to sound.