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  • Hi. I'm Tim and this is my Pronunciation Workshop. Here, I'm gonna show you how English is

  • really spoken. Come on, let's go inside.

  • Oh dear, excuse me. I'm a bit tired: I was out

  • late last night, with the lads. I know, yeah, we didn't get back until 9.30. In the evening.

  • It was a wild night. I know, I know, I am a party animal. Anyway, while I get myself

  • together a bit, let's ask some other people in London what they got up to last night.

  • At 9 o'clock last night I was watching a movie.

  • I was laying in bed. I was invited to a dinner at my friend's house.

  • I was playing football I was out drinking.

  • Well well, what interesting lives we all lead.

  • Now they all used the past form of the verb 'to be' - was. Now the word 'was' is made of

  • the sounds /w/, /ɔ:/, / z/, isn't it? Or is it? Listen again. What sound can you actually hear?

  • At 9 o'clock last night I was watching a movie.

  • I was laying in bed. I was invited to a dinner at my friend's house.

  • I was playing football I was out drinking.

  • When the word 'was' is unstressed, as in the

  • examples we've just heard, then the vowel sound changes to a schwa - /ə/. So 'was' becomes

  • /wəz/, and also 'were' becomes /wə/. These are called weak forms. Here are some more examples.

  • I was there when it happened.

  • We were delighted with the results.

  • We were having a good time until it rained.

  • He was feeling much better last night.

  • Right, now you've heard the examples, and

  • now it's your turn. Listen and repeat.

  • I was there when it happened.

  • We were delighted with the results.

  • We were having a good time until it rained.

  • He was feeling much better last night.

  • Great work. Remember, if you want to learn

  • more about pronunciation, then please visit our website, bbclearningenglish dot com. And

  • that is about it from the Pronunciation Workshop for now. I'll see you soon. Bye bye! Now...

  • oh look! Hey, you know what this is? This is WAS backwards. Get it? WAS backwards...

  • it's a SAW. Now, I know what you were thinking. You were thinking that I was going to have

  • some terrible accident. Well don't worry - it's not even switched on - look! Wooahhhhh!!!

Hi. I'm Tim and this is my Pronunciation Workshop. Here, I'm gonna show you how English is

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Pronunciation: The words 'was' and 'were'

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