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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.

  • How do you ask for help? And what is the connection

  • between this... and this? Well, this is a piece of what? And what is the female version

  • of this animal called? Put them together and what do you get? Well, here's how some people

  • in London ask for help.

  • Would you do me a favour? Would you do me a favour?

  • Would you do me a favour? Would you do me a favour?

  • Would you do me a favour?

  • Wood. Ewe. Would you - get it? Now, the words 'ewe' and 'you' have the same pronunciation,

  • don't they? But what happens to the word 'you' when it comes after the sound /d/? Watch again.

  • Would you do me a favour? Would you do me a favour?

  • Would you do me a favour? Would you do me a favour?

  • Would you do me a favour?

  • In fluent speech when one word ends in a /d/ sound and the next word begins in a /j/ sound,

  • the two sounds come together and change to a /ʤ/ sound. You also might have noticed

  • that the /uː/ in 'you' can change to schwa. So 'would you' becomes 'would you', or even

  • 'would ya'. This is an example of assimilation. Here are some more examples.

  • I'm sad you decided to quit. Could you get here by midnight?

  • Should you see him, can you give him a message? I don't think the gold you bought was real.

  • Right, so you've heard the examples. What do we do? Listen and repeat.

  • I'm sad you decided to quit.

  • Could you get here by midnight?

  • Should you see him, can you give him a message?

  • I don't think the gold you bought was real.

  • Well done. And remember, if you want to learn more about pronunciation, then please visit

  • our website, bbclearningenglish.com. And that is about it from the pronunciation workshop

  • for this week. I'll see you soon. Bye bye! Right, now, what am I gonna do with you?

  • Ha ha - what am I gonna do with 'ewe', get it? Oh come on, would you give a guy a break?!

  • She gets it.

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

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B1 UK favour pronunciation sound workshop midnight quit

Pronunciation: How to pronounce 'would you...?'

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