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  • Hi. I'm Tim and this is my Pronunciation workshop.

  • Here I'm going to show you how English is really spoken. Come on, let's go inside.

  • When you meet someone for the first time, there are several things you can say. If you want

  • to be formal, you could say 'How do you do?' But there is another, less formal expression.

  • Do you know what it is? Let's meet some of the people of London.

  • Well, it's nice to meet you too. Now, the

  • word 'meet' ends in the sound /t/, and the word 'you' begins with /j/, don't they? Or

  • do they? Listen again. What can you actually hear when these two sounds come together?

  • In fluent speech, when one word ends in /t/

  • and the next begins with a /j/ sound, like 'you' or 'yours', then the two sounds come

  • together and change to /ʧ/. So 'meet you' becomes /miːʧuː/. This is an example of assimilation.

  • Now you might remember that in a previous video I mentioned that the /t/ sound can disappear

  • in between two consonants. Well, this can still happen if the next word is 'you' or

  • 'your', but it's more usual for the /t/ to change to /ʧ/ in this case. Here are some

  • more examples.

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

  • it's your turn. Are you ready to start? Listen and repeat.

  • Well done. Now 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!

  • Ugh. That is not right.

  • Hello, is that Tim? It's Tom.

  • Oh hi, Tom. Yeah it's Tim.

  • So, did you enjoy your tea?

  • No. It was disgusting.

  • Ha ha, that's because I put salt in, instead

  • of sugar - gotcha!

  • Why, you little... I'm gonna get you. I have

  • a very particular set of skills. Skills that make me a nightmare for someone like you. I

  • will hunt you down. I will find you. And I will put shaving cream on your pillow.

  • Brothers eh?! Well I guess that goes to show that you can't always get what you want. Now, time to start plotting my revenge.

Hi. I'm Tim and this is my Pronunciation workshop.

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A2 BEG UK pronunciation workshop formal sound shaving plotting

Pronunciation: Assimilation of /t/ and /j/

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