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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.

  • You see this? This is my lunch.

  • Well, either that, or it's some cat food.

  • Anyway, do you know what we call this container? It's a can, right?

  • Now this has the same spelling as the modal 'can', and the same pronunciation, hasn't it?

  • Or has it? Listen carefully when we ask some people in London how many languages they speak.

  • I can speak one language.

  • I can speak two languages.

  • I can speak two languages.

  • I can speak two languages, English and Hindi.

  • They all used the word 'can'. But they didn't pronounce it as /kæn/.

  • Listen again. How do they pronounce it?

  • I can speak one language. I can speak two languages.

  • I can speak two languages. I can speak two languages, English and Hindi.

  • In fluent everyday English, when the modal auxiliary 'can' is unstressed, its pronunciation changes to /kən/.

  • 'I /kæn/ speak four languages' becomes: 'I /kən/ speak four languages'.

  • This is what's known as a weak form and it can occur in questions as well.

  • Here are some more examples.

  • Can you help me bring in the shopping, please?

  • I can swim further than I can run.

  • You can succeed if you work hard.

  • How far can you throw a tennis ball?

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

  • Listen and repeat.

  • Can you help me bring in the shopping, please?

  • I can swim further than I can run.

  • You can succeed if you work hard.

  • How far can you throw a tennis ball?

  • 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!

  • Right, now, time for lunch I think! Ahh.

  • Do you think I can open this can, without a can opener?

  • Oh no - it is cat food.

  • Never mind, we can eat cat food, can't we?

  • You know what? That is not bad. Salmon? Rabbit? Mouse?

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

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Pronunciation: How fluent speakers pronounce 'can'

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    eunice4u4u posted on 2019/11/20
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