It's Valentine's Day, you are on the train on your way home from work and the women sitting opposite you is making a phone call. Can you work out what the phone call is about? You can only hear one-side of the phone call and there is background noise of the train as well.
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.
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.
Can you recognise the weak forms of words in everyday spoken English? Free listening exercise.
Listening exercises to train your ears to understand English conversations. Discover the rules of connected speech in fast spoken English.
If your goal is to understand native speakers when they speak in fast natural conversation, then the best way to improve your listening skills is to actively listen to English spoken in a normal fast everyday pace. New short exercise posted every week.
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.
This week we are going to look at two more phrases that are very common in English, These are two basic and very common phrases. You will hear these phrases in any place that you can buy things, in shops, bars, restaurants, ticket offices and lots of other locations.
Contractions of auxiliary verbs, negatives, and in questions with is; are used in everyday spoken English by all sections of British society.
This first blog post is going to give you listening practice, discuss some pronunciation issues and also introduce a few common phrasal verbs.