Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Hello, everybody. This is Elliot from E T. J English. Good to see you again on today. We're looking at one simple sentence, but we're going to be learning a lot from this simple sentence. Stress, intonation, weak forms, vowels, continents, connected speech just about everything. So get your voice is ready on. Let's start this week's pronunciation lesson. Eso This is one of the many techniques I teach my students who joined my pronunciation course. It's a technique which can show you that really any sentence can be analyzed. It could be changed. Things can happen to the words Onda. We can learn so much just from one really, really simple everyday sentence. As I said, weak forms. Sometimes we're going to use them. Sometimes we're not Internation. Sometimes we might use a rising tone on. Sometimes we might use a falling tone. There are lots of different things that are going to happen in one sentence, which can change the effect of what we're saying. So I want you to look at this sentence for me right now. Just just listen to me. Read it first Listen to how I read it. I want to go to town with you for a coffee tonight. Now, don't worry. I don't expect all of you to be saying this as fast as I am just yet. But the first thing I want you to do is listen to the words which sound important in this sentence. Which words are really coming out to you. What words do you notice the most? I would say the words want Go town coffee could be you if you want on tonight. So yes, these are what we would call the stressed words. And really all that means is that I'm making those words stronger. I'm making them sound more powerful on more easy to hear for the listener, That's because they're the words which make the sentence happen. The other words they're becoming very relaxed. I don't know if you noticed. Now I'm going to read the sentence on I want you to listen for the small words the words which are not important. Listen to how I pronounce them. I want to go to town with you for a coffee tonight. I don't know if you noticed the word to was pronounced twice. I want Thio go to town, Thio. So we're not pronouncing the word to as to were pronouncing it as Thio on the reason why is because, well, it's not important. The word to is really, really irrelevant. It's just there for grammar purposes on this is what we call, ah, function word. It's a weak form off. The word to on will pronounce it as it's also happening with the word for it's actually becoming foot. But the thing that complicates this a little bit mawr is after the word for is a swat sound or the word A, which we pronounce as up a coffee a coffee on because we have the word for we don't usually pronounce the r okay. And in most cases, let's say it was for the coffee. Which wouldn't happen, we would say for the coffee for the coffee, for the coffee, but because we have a vowel, okay, with the word A or a zwei would pronounce it, we're actually going to borrow the are at the end off four. We're going to use it to help us get to the vowel, and that's because when we have a word which finishes with a continent on the next word begins with a vowel. We're going to join them together with that continent, even if it's an r which is the enemy of British English. So it would be still in its weak form. So we're not saying for were saying for but we're adding that are, on the end, joining it to the Schwab off. So for a for a coffee, for a coffee for a coffee I want to go to town with you for a coffee. Now, one more thing I'm actually quickly going to mention is I'm not pronouncing the t at the end of want. I'm actually saying want The reason for this is because want ends with a T. But the next word begins with a T. We're actually going to relax the word want and drop that t If we want Thio and it will become, I want toe Want to go to town? Want to go to town now? The other thing. I'm going to mention one more thing in this part of the sentence. Is that the word? You could also be a function word. A weak form we could say with you. I want to go to town with you for a coffee. You could be pronounced Azia in some situations, but I wouldn't in this situation. I think you is quite an important word here because we're directing this at the listener. We want them to know it's you, not my sister. It's you. So let's just do the whole sentence. Now I want to go to town with you for a coffee tonight. Now I want you to practice, to go to town, to go to town. I really like how we're doing this. Thio. This is a great way of you practicing your weak forms, weak forms, air really, really important. And it's usually the Schwab sound which is replacing avowal. And that's the reason why people say or the true fact is that around 30 to 40% of British pronunciation is the Schwab sound on. That's because we're using it so much in weak forms. Now there are loads more weak forms. Like I said to tha for for you, you are on many, many, many more. But we'd be here all day if I were teaching you those. So I'll save those for those of you who join my pronunciation cause so one more thing I want to look at. Really? Today is intonation. I just wanted to look at how we could tone this sentence on. Also, we've We've mentioned stress already, but we can quickly touch on that also. So listen to me. Read it one more time. We've heard this sentence a lot. Now I want to go to town with you for a coffee later. The most important thing, really is that we're going down at the end because it's a statement. Okay on, because it's a statement. We're going to fall at the end to show that we finished speaking. And it's not a question If I said I want to go to town with you for a coffee later, that would sound like a question like we're saying something, but we're also asking it as a question while we say it. So we need to make sure we're going down at the end to show that we finished speaking and we're making a statement now. If it were a question, then we might change it. For example, do you want to go to town for a coffee later? Yes, we're going up later, but I want to go to town with you for a coffee later, Going down to show We finished speaking. Okay on. Remember that the stressed words The tone will go up and we push them okay on. That's just to show that they are the important words and they need to be heard on. Remember to toe four. For on there are many, many others. This is a really quick lesson, but I wanted it to be quick to show you how you could spend. For example, 10 minutes of your morning writing down two or three sentences on you can really analyze these sentences. For example. Look at the week forms. How many words can become weak, which words are stressed. Which words are important in these sentences. How would we tone the sentence? What Internation would we use? Can I pronounce all of the vowels and the continents in these words? Maybe I need to practice pronouncing the words There are so many things you could do with just one sentence on Do. You could implement this into your day and start improving your pronunciation naturally now firm or techniques and also everything you need to know about weak form, stress, intonation, function words vowels, continents connected speech Absolutely everything about British English on achieving a British accent. You conjoined my pronunciation course at e. T j english dot com. The link is in the description below on. You'll also have access to me on WhatsApp or Wechat where we will talk. I can listen to your voice recordings on give you some feedback and guide you as you take the course. As always, I'm looking forward to meeting those of you who do join the course on. Thank you very much for watching this video. I hope it helped. Cheers, guys. Take care. Bye.