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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. It'll help you become a better listener and a more fluent speaker. Come on,

  • let's go inside.

  • Here's a question for you: When is a tea not a tea? Well,

  • this is the answer.

  • What is it? And what colour is it? Let's go to the streets of London to find out.

  • It's a white piece of paper. It's a white piece of paper.

  • That is a white piece of paper. That's a white piece of paper.

  • That is a white piece of paper.

  • Now the word 'white' ends in the sound /t/ doesn't it? Or does it? Let's have another listen.

  • It's a white piece of paper. It's a white piece of paper.

  • That is a white piece of paper. That's a white piece of paper.

  • That is a white piece of paper.

  • In fluent speech, if one word ends in a /t/

  • sound and the next word begins in a /p/ sound, the /t/ is pronounced slightly differently.

  • In fact, we pronounce it as if it were almost a /p/ sound. So 'white piece of paper' becomes

  • 'whi(te) piece of paper'. Let's take another look, this time in slow motion:

  • Watch the mouth shape - can you see a /t/ or a /p/?

  • whi(te) piece whi(te) piece

  • whi(te) piece whi(te) piece

  • whi(te) piece of paper

  • Interesting, hey? This is an example of how

  • sounds change in everyday speech - and it's called assimilation. Here are some more examples:

  • Right, so, you've heard the examples, and now it's your turn. Are you ready to have

  • a go? Listen and repeat.

  • How did you get on? Great. If you want to

  • hear more about this topic, please visit our website bbclearningenglish.com. That's about

  • it from the pronunciation workshop this week. Bye bye.

  • Did you just see...? I could have sworn it was... You know, sometimes I think I have

  • a split personality!

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

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A2 UK piece paper pronunciation sound workshop fluent

PRONUNCIATION: Assimilation of /t/ and /p/

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