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Hi. I'm Tim and this is my Pronunciation workshop. Here I'm going to 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.
Here's a question for you: When is a tea not a tea? Well,
this is the answer.
What is it? And what colour is it? Let's go to the streets of London to find out.
It's a white piece of paper. It's a white piece of paper.
That is a white piece of paper. That's a white piece of paper.
That is a white piece of paper.
Now the word 'white' ends in the sound /t/ doesn't it? Or does it? Let's have another listen.
It's a white piece of paper. It's a white piece of paper.
That is a white piece of paper. That's a white piece of paper.
That is a white piece of paper.
In fluent speech, if one word ends in a /t/
sound and the next word begins in a /p/ sound, the /t/ is pronounced slightly differently.
In fact, we pronounce it as if it were almost a /p/ sound. So 'white piece of paper' becomes
'whi(te) piece of paper'. Let's take another look, this time in slow motion:
Watch the mouth shape - can you see a /t/ or a /p/?
whi(te) piece whi(te) piece
whi(te) piece whi(te) piece
whi(te) piece of paper
Interesting, hey? This is an example of how
sounds change in everyday speech - and it's called assimilation. Here are some more examples:
Right, so, you've heard the examples, and now it's your turn. Are you ready to have
a go? Listen and repeat.
How did you get on? Great. If you want to
hear more about this topic, please visit our website bbclearningenglish.com. That's about
it from the pronunciation workshop this week. Bye bye.
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PRONUNCIATION: Assimilation of /t/ and /p/

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Precious Annie Liao published on May 24, 2017
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