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  • Hi. It's Day 15.

  • Today we need to talk about several words that lose a syllable

  • in fast speech.

  • I just used one. Do you know what it was?

  • English with Jennifer

  • "Several" is a word that could be said with three syllables:

  • sev er al

  • But usually we say it with just two syllables,

  • especially in fast, relaxed speech:

  • There are other words that follow a similar pattern.

  • They can be said two different ways.

  • The shorter variation is, of course, more common in fast, relaxed speech.

  • Let me show you a few different groups of words

  • that can lose a syllable, especially in fast speech.

  • I'll read each word twice.

  • First, slowly. And then with fast speech, where I drop a syllable.

  • Let's look at more words with a vowel + R.

  • You'll see a similar pattern.

  • Here's another group.

  • OUR when it's unstressed is said with one syllable: "ar."

  • And our last word.

  • This word leads us into the next group,

  • where we drop a sound before L.

  • ...could be heard as "prob'ly."

  • ...is usually said as "choc'late."

  • And we have two examples of very relaxed speech.

  • BECAUSE can sound like "coz."

  • Remember that's a spoken form, not a written form.

  • EXCUSE ME can sound like "Scuse me."

  • Or with a hint of that X...

  • Listen closely.

  • I'll say a sentence.

  • You try to understand.

  • That's all for now.

  • Thanks for watching and happy studies.

Hi. It's Day 15.

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Day 15 - Disappearing Syllables - Understanding Fast Speech in English

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    Caurora posted on 2016/10/01
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