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Eat Sleep Dreamers here we go again with another lesson with me Tom. Today we are looking at
three reasons that you don't understand native English speakers. I'm going to help you with
three little pronunciation tips that are going to be super useful. So if you are ready,
let's run the intro.
If you haven't met me before, my name is Tom and I teach fresh modern British English
so that you can take your English to the next level and achieve your life goals.
Today we're looking at pronunciation and three really great tips to help you to understand
native English speakers and while we are at it guys make sure you hit that subscribe button
and that notification bell so that you don't miss a single lesson. Alight, let's get in
to it. The first reason that you don't understand native English speakers is because they drop
sounds all the time. One great example is the glottal T. This is where we swallow the
/t/ sound. So in the sentence "Can I have a bottle of water?" I don't say the /t/s,
I dropped them, they disappear, so it sounds like "Can I get a bottle of water?"
A bottle of water. A bottle of water. I know right? Confusing, this is really common in lots of British accents
so it's something you need to be aware of especially if you are coming to Britain or
if you are working here or studying here. So that /t/ sound disappears we swallow it.
Bottle. Now that's by no means the only example of us dropping sounds. In consonant clusters
we also drop sounds. A consonant cluster is when we have consonants going together. So
for example "last night", last ends with a /t/ and night begins with an /n/ so these
are two consonant sounds. When there is a /t/ at the end of one word and a consonant
at the beginning of the next word, we drop that /t/. So it's not last night, it's last
night. So that /t/ at the end of last disappears. That /t/ sound can also be found at the end
of a past simple regular verb, the -ed. So stopped has that /t/ sound at the end, the -ed.
If you put stopped in front of a word that has a consonant, that /t/ sound disappears.
Maybe a couple break up you could say "We've stopped seeing each other." So we've "stop"
seeing each other. So it's not "stopped" seeing, it's "stop" seeing each other. So how is that
important for you? Well, sometimes you are going to have to rely on the context of the
sentence to help you to decide if it's a past verb or a present verb. Another example "Yesterday
I talked to my sister for two hours." So there, yesterday I talked and then the next word
is to, so I talked to my sister. I talked to my sister. Now, in that example you are
going to use the word yesterday to help you to understand that that was a past verb, yesterday
I talked to my sister. So we can hear there, it sounds like a present tense I talked to
my sister but because of the context of yesterday we know it's a past verb. Another example
of that is /d/ the same thing with /d/. So if /d/ comes at the end of a word and the
next word is a consonant then you are going to drop that d. So for example "France are
the world champions." The world champions. Not world champions, the world champions.
"Ah that's a really old photo of us." Not old photo, old photo. So again I'm taking
away that d. Now why do we do this, well it makes life easier. It's easier to say things,
it makes the sentence easier to construct and pronunciation is all about communicating
what you mean in the simplest way possible, more or less. Now this is really important
guys especially for a lot of you listening to English, listening to native English speakers
talking. You need to be aware of these things. Perhaps you don't necessarily need to use
them in your own English. If you are still sort of a beginner elementary kind of level
then perhaps you are not ready to use these techniques just yet in your spoken English
but really important in your listening in your receptive skills to understand what's
going on. Ok number two, of course if we take sounds away we can also add sounds. Now I've
done a whole video on this, this is called intrusion where we add sounds in between words.
So the sounds that we add are /w/, /r/, and /j/. For example "I always get up at 6 o'clock"
I always, I always. I always get up at six o'clock. "I'm going to eat now." I'm going
to eat now. There you've got the /w/ to eat now. And that helps me to blend those two
vowels together. If you want to dive a little bit deeper with intrusion go check out my
video I did on that topic. I've linked it right above. And the third reason that you
don't understand native English speakers talking is because we put sounds together. For example
contractions. I have becomes I've, I would becomes I'd, I will becomes I'll. Now we use
contractions all the time and sometimes it's tricky for listeners to pick up when someone
has used a contraction. So for example "I'd love to." What? What happened there? Was there
a contraction? Was it "I love to" or something else? Well, it was actually "I'd love to".
The "I'd" there is I would love to. So instead of saying "I would love to", I'd love to. The
contraction of I'd. And that can really cause listeners problems. If you don't hear that
contraction suddenly you miss a word and therefore you might miss an important part of the meaning
of the sentence. So understanding contractions is really important. If you are interested
in contractions I've done a special video all about those, again check the link above.
Another example of this is when we have the /d/ sound at the end of a word and then a
/y/ sound coming after it. So usually you. Then we put those two sounds together to make dʒ.
So instead of saying "Would you like to go?" You would say "Would you like to go?"
So that /dʒ/ sound blending those two sounds together. Would you like to go? Other examples
of blending these sounds together. Instead of saying "I'm going to go." "I'm gonna go."
I'm sure you guys know that one. Also "I want to go" "I wanna go". So we are putting these
sounds together to make our lives easier. Alright guys, there is so much more that we
could talk about here. This is just a few examples of how we add sounds, how we take
sounds away and how we blend sounds in English. There is so much more that we could talk about
that I'd love to dive in deeper with you guys. So if you'd like that too please give me a
big thumbs up, make sure you comment in the video. Tell me if you want more pronunciation videos.
Remember guys I've got new videos every Tuesday and every Friday helping you
take your English to the next level. Remember to check me out on Instagram and on Facebook
where I put daily English content. But until next time this is Tom, the Chief Dreamer,
saying goodbye.
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