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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.

  • Hey, look at this: a present. All wrapped up in

  • paper. Now, do you know what this is? Well, if you could smell it, it might give you a clue.

  • Is it your old socks?

  • Very funny - No. No, it's not my old socks. It's something much, much nicer. Something

  • delicious in fact. Let's ask the people of London if they can tell what it is, without seeing it.

  • Fish and chips.

  • Fish and chips. Fish and chips.

  • Fish and chips. Fish and chips.

  • Yes, that's right. It's good old fish and chips. I'm going to save that for later.

  • Now the word 'and' has got three sounds, hasn't it? /æ/, /n/, /d/ - but listen again.

  • How is it pronounced in everyday speech?

  • Fish and chips.

  • Fish and chips. Fish and chips.

  • Fish and chips. Fish and chips.

  • And is not usually an important word. It's a basic conjunction and it's frequently unstressed.

  • When this happens, the /d/ at the end of the word disappears before both vowels and consonants,

  • and the vowel sound at the beginning of the word changes to schwa: /ə/, so 'and' becomes

  • /ən/ or even /n/ as the sounds are almost identical. Here are some more examples.

  • I'm going to go and get the shopping.

  • Apples and oranges are my favourite fruits. I've been thinking and thinking but I can't

  • decide. We went for a coffee and something to eat.

  • Right, so you've heard the examples, and now it's your turn. You know the drill. Listen

  • and repeat.

  • I'm going to go and get the shopping.

  • Apples and oranges are my favourite fruits.

  • I've been thinking and thinking but I can't decide.

  • We went for a coffee and something to eat.

  • 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 next week. Bye! Now, there's only one thing to eat with fish 'n'

  • chips - and that's salt 'n' vinegar. This reminds me of one of my favourite jokes: What

  • do angry sharks eat? Fish 'n' ships. Get it? Fish 'n' ships! Oh, I don't know why I bother.

  • Ok, now, time to eat. What? What is this? What is going on? Where's the...? It really

  • is fish... and ships! Well that is the last time I'm telling that joke. This is no laughing

  • matter. I'm hungry now...

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Pronunciation: How do fluent speakers pronounce 'and'?

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    pipus posted on 2017/03/16
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