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  • Hi Bob the Canadian here. Have you ever noticed when you're listening to an English conversation

  • that sometimes we make sounds that aren't quite words. Well in this video I'll look

  • at 15 sounds that English speakers make while they're having conversations, and I'll explain

  • what they mean. And I'm kind of curious if you make the same sounds in your language.

  • If any of these 15 sounds, sound familiar please let me know in the comments below.

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  • So when we speak to each other in our native languages we make sounds sometimes instead

  • of using words. So in this video let's look at 15 different sounds that you'll hear in

  • English conversations, and as I said before if any of them are familiar, if they are sounds

  • you also make in your language, please tell me in the comments below.

  • Number one: Uh huh. So this means the same thing as, "Yes". If I was to respond to a

  • question by saying, "Uh huh." It means that I agree or I'm saying, "Yes." Maybe someone

  • has asked me, "Hey Bob. Do you want a piece of pizza?" I could reply by saying, "Uh huh!",

  • meaning that I do want a piece of pizza.

  • Number two: Mmm. Hmm. Mmm hmm means yes as well. So maybe I said I wanted a piece of

  • pizza and someone asks, "Hey Bob! Do you want a drink with that?" I could respond by saying,

  • "Mmm hmm!", which would mean yes I do want a drink with my slice of pizza.

  • Number three: Uh Uh. So uh uh means no. Maybe someone has asked me if I want to go see a

  • movie, and I want to respond by saying I don't want to. I could say, "Uh uh", I don't feel

  • like seeing a movie tonight. Uh uh mean no.

  • Number four: Mmm Mmm. You'll notice I'm kind of moving my head from side to side when I

  • say, "Mmm mmm" because it also means no. Maybe someone asks me the question, "Do you want

  • to go to a restaurant tonight?" And I don't want to go. I could say, "Mmm mmm", and that

  • would just indicate to that person that I'm saying, "No!" Mmm mmm, I don't want to go.

  • Mmm mm.

  • Number five: Uh oh. So uh-o is something you say when you have a small accident. Maybe

  • you were walking with a cup of milk and you dropped it on the floor and spilled the milk.

  • You would say, "Uh oh!" and it's basically a surprise sound that you make when something

  • goes wrong. Uh oh! I dropped the milk on the floor. Uh oh!

  • Number six: A-ha. So a-ha is something that you say when you discover something, or when

  • you solve something. Maybe you've been working on a really hard math problem, and finally

  • you understand how to figure out the answer. You would say, "A-ha!", and this is just a

  • sound you make indicating that you're happy to have discovered how to solve something

  • or how to do something. A-ha!

  • Number seven: Mmmm, Mmmm, Mmmm, or just Mmmmm! This a sound you make when there's food that

  • you can smell or see that looks really yummy, and looks really tasty. So you would express

  • your appreciation of the smell of the food by saying, "Mmmmm! That smells good!", or,

  • "Mmmmm, Mmmmm, Mmmm. I can't wait to eat this.”

  • Number eight: Shhhhhhh! You'll notice that I'm putting my finger to my mouth when I'm

  • making the, "Shhhhhhh!" sound. So this is not just a sound, Shhhhhhh!, but it's also

  • an action. So let's imagine you're somewhere and you have a child with you and they're

  • being loud. They're being noisy in a place where they should be quiet. You would indicated

  • to them that you want them to be quiet by going, "Shhhhhh!", and this hopefully makes

  • them start to be quiet, although if your young children are like mine, usually they get a

  • bit noisy just a few seconds afterwards.

  • Number nine: Arrrgh! Arrrgh! This is a hard sound to make on camera but I make it all

  • the time. It's a sound of frustration. So when you're frustrated, when something isn't

  • going the way you want, and you just feel Arrrrrgh! You just make the sound like that,

  • like maybe you've been trying to get a job for a long time and everyone keeps saying,

  • "No!" You could express your frustration by saying, "Arrrrgh! I just can't find a job.

  • It's so frustrating!"

  • Number ten: Ewwww! So this is a little different then the last one. This is an expression,

  • a sound you would make when you see something that disgusts you. So it's like, "Ugh! That's

  • gross. Ugh! That's disgusting!" Sometimes we also say, "Ew", like, "Ew! That's disgusting!"

  • But I normally say, "Ugh! Ugh! That's gross. That's disgusting!"

  • Number eleven: Hmmmm. So, "Hmmmm.", is a sound that you make when you're thinking. So maybe

  • someone has asked you a question and you're not quite sure of the answer. You might pause

  • a bit and say, "Hmmmm. Let me think about that. Hmmmm." I think you rub your chin when

  • you do that. Hmmmmm, let me think about that. So that's a sound that you make when you're

  • thinking.

  • Number twelve: Um. I say this all the time. You're not supposed to say, “Um.” But

  • you'll notice in a lot of my videos when I pause I say, “Um.” So I might be talking

  • and then, um, see I said it right there. I say, “Umbecause I'm still thinking

  • about my next sentence. I'm still thinking about my next thought. So you say, “Um

  • as a way to pause. Now please note, you're not supposed to sayUm”. Especially if

  • you're talking in front of other people. You'll want to avoid saying, “Umat

  • all costs. But I still say it so you need to know what it sounds like.

  • Number thirteen: Ah. So this is something that you say when you, when you understand

  • something or when the answer becomes clear to you. So maybe a friend has explained something

  • to you that you didn't understand before. You were confused. You would respond to them

  • by saying, “Ah!”, and it, it kind of means like, “I get it!” or “I understand

  • Ah! Number fourteen: Oooooooo! Aaaaaaah! So this

  • is sounds, these two sounds are sounds you'll hear when you're at fireworks. When the

  • fireworks shoot into the sky and they explode often times people will say, “Ooooooo! Aaaaaaah!”

  • And it's also a sound people will make, maybe you have a new piece of jewelry and

  • it's very beautiful, people might look at it and say, “Ooooooo! Aaaaaah! That's

  • really nice.” So it's an expression of appreciating you're appreciating what you're

  • seeing. Oooooooo! and Aaaaaaaah!

  • Number fifteen: Pffffff. So Pfffff. Is something that we say when we don't really believe

  • something. Maybe someone has said, “Your uncle won the lottery!” and you're like,

  • pfffff, I don't believe it. Pfffff, I don't know what you're talking about. So it's

  • an expression of doubt. Pfffff, I don't really believe that. Pffff I don't know

  • what you're talking about. And it's made, it's like a p sound, pfffff, and usually

  • it's before a sentence of doubt like, “Pfffff, I don't believe that.”

  • Well those were fifteen sounds that we make as English speakers. I'm curious to know

  • if you make any of those sounds in your own native languages. Let me know in the comments

  • below. Bob the Canadian here. Learn English with Bob the Canadian.

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