Listening exercise -elision of /t/

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.

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!

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Helen Cunningham

Enjoying Language Learning and Teaching on an English Hillside.

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