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  • Hello, everybody.

  • It's me, Elliot from E.

  • T J.

  • English.

  • Lovely to have you here.

  • Have you ever heard somebody say something like, Oh, I'm literally dying.

  • It's quite common to hear the word literally overused a lot in English, British, American, Australian, any kind of English.

  • So today we're going to learn about this word on learn when we really should and shouldn't be using this.

  • Of course, we're going to talk about the British pronunciation of the word literally.

  • But I also want to explain kind of how it's overused and maybe toe help you understand when actually we should be using this word.

  • Technically, there are kind of two ways of pronouncing the word literally.

  • You can do it with Mawr.

  • Schwab sounds, for example, literally lit Lee.

  • So remember the Schwann sound is the sound.

  • We don't really do much with the mouth.

  • We keep the tongue kind of in the middle of the mouth.

  • Let really, but you'll find that nowadays, in modern R P, which is the type of British pronunciation I teach, other accents are available.

  • We can actually shorten it, and we can just say literally, literally, literally, literally.

  • So this is the quicker way of pronouncing it.

  • If you're talking faster, you probably will do this so literally is literally on overused word.

  • It's a word which is used in many different situations, and it's kind of started to go out of context in everyday life, which technically means that these missed aches or these wrong ways of using it, could actually be correct on Dwight Lee accepted now in English.

  • So don't be afraid if you do make these mistakes because natives do it, too.

  • And if natives do it, surely you can.

  • Also, I've even heard members of Parliament using this word literally in the wrong way.

  • So literally means in literal sense.

  • This is what it is.

  • It's literally this, not exaggerate it.

  • Okay, that's basically what it means.

  • So it's not mawr than this.

  • It's not less than this.

  • It's not different to this.

  • It is literally this.

  • So in English, it's quite common to exaggerate.

  • We love to do it in British English so you could go outside and you could say it's literally 100 degrees outside or I'm literally burning.

  • It's so hot, but you're not.

  • Actually, you're just using the word literally to exaggerate on that word literally kind of shows the listener that you are exaggerating.

  • So this is when we use the word literally in a non literal context to exaggerate, and it's very, very common.

  • And as I said, technically, it could be accepted now.

  • It could be fine to do this, but try to avoid doing it too much because it can to Some people sound bad, particularly people of an older generation who like to stick to older styles of English.

  • But I think you'll find in 2030 years this will be very, very, very common.

  • It will be used by everybody as the generations start to change.

  • So just remember to take something literally means to take it seriously, as though it's riel, not Mawr, not less, not exaggerated.

  • But we often use it in a non literal sense to kind of make it sound like it is.

  • But it's not.

  • Use the word literally at your own risk.

  • Be careful.

  • Remember what I told you anyway, guys, that's the lesson for today.

  • I hope you found it useful.

  • I'm going to go now.

  • I'm literally starving.

  • Or am I, Um, I literally starving or am I just hungry.

  • I'll let you work that one out.

  • Remember you conjoined my British pronunciation course Learned British pronunciation directly with me when you go to e t j english dot com Thank you very much for watching today on.

  • Don't forget to, like, subscribe all of that.

  • Goodness.

  • See you next week.

  • Cheers, guys.

  • Bye.

Hello, everybody.

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How to Pronounce and Use "Literally" - British English

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/24
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