Pronunciation & Contractions 2020

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There are six sets, let’s go!  You can watch the video to check, then check the notes after.

The words in bold sound similar or want you to focus on fluency.

Set 1

I went to the bank
Thanks for the meeting

I am a believer / the grim reaper
Pull the lever

Look at the pretty river
I have a pain in my liver

Forever a gamer
I’m wearing fake leather

I like fruit
That’s a nice suit
Have you packed your suitcase?

Could you lend me five quid?
This mixture is too liquid

It’s our house
She’s gone out
Joe’s back now

Set 2

There’s no limit
I’ll be back in a minute

He’s done it
Ask her about it

Where’s he gone?
Where is he?

She’ll be back in about an hour
Please answer the question

I’ve been waiting for ages
I’ve been expecting you

This drink is quite fizzy
I’m really busy

I went to the office
I’d like to order extra lettuce

Set 3

I just want to lie in bed
Do you know how to tie a tie?
What type of cable do you need?

Just one moment please…
I need to make a call
Your partner’s calling on the other line

I visited the sea
This is serious business

I’m in debt
This sweater is too big for you

I’ll meet her tomorrow
This table is a metre long

Set 4

Oh, little child…
It’ll be quite difficult

Let’s not fight
It’ll be quite difficult

I predict a riot
She’s very quiet

The concert is live

I live in Paris

There are some issues
You will not believe what happened

I went on a Boat
I Bought new boots
It’s a story about a doctor who uses a telephone booth

Set 5

A woman

We three women

He’s useless

I hit my head
Use this instead

Good night!
Summon the Knights of the round table

Bigger and badder
There’s a ladder

What time is it?
Climb
the ladder

Look at the board
I’m very bored

Set 6

Close the door
I bought some new clothes yesterday

They were laughing

Strengthen (you can use a “f” sound)

The Bay. Michael Bay. 
Basic

Variety

Optimistic

Optimists

Optimism

This is a cow
I’d like to open an account

I bought a bulk of t-shirts, I’m tired
Is that Iron Man? No, that’s Bruce, you know, the Hulk.

Use https://www.wordreference.com/ to help you practice pronunciation!!

NOTES

Set 1

bank, tank, thank, dank, rank all have the same sound

I am a believer sounds like the grim reaper, or school leaver
Pull the lever is the same BUT in the US the sound is like “ever”

Forever, I’m wearing fake leathertry using a v or f or s sound
it’s the same for feather.

I like fruit, That’s a nice suit – try “soot”

Could you lend me five quid?  A quid is an English Pound (money).

It’s our house – slowly we would say our like “hour” (remember there is a silent “h”)

Set 2

There’s no limit, I’ll be back in a minute (“NIT”)

He’s done it “DUNIT”
Ask her about it “ASKER”

Where’s he gone?  “WHERSEE”
Where is he? “IZZY”

She’ll be back in about an hour
Please answer the question “ANSER”

I’ve been waiting for ages “forayges”
I’ve been expecting you (NOT especting, it’s X pecting)

I’m really busy  “BIZZY”

I’d like to order extra lettuce “LETTICE”

Set 3

I visited the sea
This is serious business “SEErious”

I’m in debt “DET”

This sweater is too big for you “SWET”

I’ll meet her tomorrow “MEETER”
This table is a metre long “MEETER”

Set 4

I predict a riot
She’s very quiet “KWYI- ET”

The concert is live “LIEV”

I live in Paris “LIV” like Elizabeth

I went on a Boat Throat Goat
I BoughtBAWT” new boots shoots loots

Set 5

We three women “WIMMEN”

He’s useless “YOUS LESS”

What time is it?
Climb
the ladder (B is silent)

Look at the board
I’m very bored (not “BOR – ED”)

Set 6

Close the door
I bought some new clothes yesterday (“cloves“)

They were laughing (lauffing)

Strengthen (you can use a “f” sound)

Basic (the Bay)

 tired TIYUD
Is that Iron Man? IYUN

 

 

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