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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. It'll help you become a better listener

  • and a more fluent speaker. Come on, let's go inside.

  • Today, we're going to hear a disappearing sound. Or rather, we're not going to hear it.

  • What is the negative form of "can"? "Can't", right? And what's the final sound in the word "can't"?

  • /t/, right? Or is it? How good are you at maths? Can you answer this question?

  • Hmm, tricky. Let's ask the people of London:

  • Well, that is very tricky indeed.

  • I'll give you the answer in a minute. But first, did you notice the /t/ sound at the end of the word "can't"?

  • No, I don't think I did either. Let's have another listen.

  • In everyday speech, when a /t/ sound comes in between two consonant sounds, we often don't pronounce it.

  • This is because it makes the words flow together more fluently.

  • It's more difficult to say three consonants together in a row when /t/ is in the middle.

  • Your mouth has to do too much work. "I can't do it" is more difficult to say than "I can't do it".

  • When a sound disappears in between two words, it's called elision. Here are some other examples:

  • So, you've heard the examples, and now it's your turn. Are you ready to give it a go?

  • Listen and repeat.

  • How did you get on? Great.

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  • Now, are you still struggling with that maths question? Well, let me put you out of your misery.

  • Here's the answer.

  • Right. Well, that's all for this week from the pronunciation workshop. I'll see you next week.

  • Is that the time?!

  • I'm running seriously late.

  • I must go. Bye.

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

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