Missing Sounds in English conversations.

9 thoughts on “Missing Sounds in English conversations.

  1. Mehmet Deniz Demircioglu

    Those exercises are really useful for the students who want to improve their listenig skills. Assimilation and elusion play an important role in overcoming the barriers that make understanding difficult. when we solve the problem in assimilation and elusion, we will have no difficulties in listening skill.
    I would like to have a lot of exercises which will enable me to understand better.

  2. Marco

    I’ve already signed up on your mailing list , and since then , I’ve been able to try little but significant improvements in my ability to catch better what native speakers say during their normal speeches..
    Many thanks, and please go on ahead in that way….

    1. Helen Cunningham Post author

      Marco – when you play the sound files write down the words you can hear, then listen again …write down what you think you hear – what does it sound like?
      Then look at the transcript and compare with your notes.

      Then contact me and tell me which words you did not hear. I will make some new exercises to help you.

  3. Agnieszka

    Hi, this lesson is very useful to me. I have problems with hearing “a” and “the”. Do you have some tips, how to recognize the both?

    1. Helen Cunningham Post author

      Hi Agnieszka Yes, the words “a” and the word “the” often sound exactly the same when they are both reduced to their weak form and they both sound like the schwa sound ehh. But don’t worry too much about this…. These words are not the main content meaning words of the sentence. You might be able to work out if the word spoken was “a” or “the” from the context. eg 1 Do you want to go to the shop? 2 Do you want to go to a shop? In (1) the shop – the shop means the one we have been talking about previously. (2) a shop – any shop. Don’t worry about not hearing the difference between these two words… focus on hearing the main content words. There is no difference between the sound of a or the, and often native speakers too have to ask for clarification… eg “Do you want to go to …shop?
      Yea ok, which shop do you mean?

  4. Agnieszka

    Hi Helen. Thanks for your lessons. I know, I need more practice with listening. Could you give me some clues how to recognize can and can’t? This is very important and misunderstanding changes the whole sentence. I’ll be very grateful for your help.

  5. Zambka Sohail

    VEry useful and informative. I need more practice so hopefully going to get more. I would love to improve my listening and speaking skills especially speaking with contractions could you please give me some tips to improve it l?? Hope to listen from you soon


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