Lesson 1: How do English speakers REALLY talk? Practice exercises.

Nina Weinstein
A free video tutorial from Nina Weinstein
Teacher Trainer, MA ESL, Author of Twenty English Textbooks
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Lecture description

Secret 1: Learn how native English speakers REALLY speak. Reduced forms are real pronunciations of spoken English. Practice and understand the first reduced form, *ya, in natural speech. If learners learn these real pronunciations, reduced forms, it's much easier to understand native English speakers. Includes practice exercises and a test.

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English [Auto] OK everybody thank you so much for coming. Lesson one is from written English to spoken you in written English. Changes to ya at a natural speed. Remember this is only spoken English not written English. The first level of listening is do you understand the basic information. Listen choose the correct answer. Why doesn't the grandfather like the Internet grandpa feel like the Internet. No you can't do anything on the Internet. Do you know how to use the Internet. Well no. Number three is correct. He doesn't understand how to use it. The second level of listening is can you hear the words. Why is this important. If you can hear the words correctly you can improve your own vocabulary conversation and grammar. People often hear English incorrectly. Example if you hear book is on table you'll never say the book is on the table. If you hear the words correctly you can also correct your speech listen. You'll hear natural spoken English right the correct written English in the blanks. Grandpaw feel like the Internet. No you can't do anything on the Internet. You know how to use the Internet. Well no. Now listen again and check your answers. Grandpaw feel like the Internet. No you can't do anything on the Internet. You know how to use the Internet. Well no practice is really important. Lots and lots of practice with this. So let's do some more. Listen choose the best answer. What do you do first. How do you use the Internet. Well first you find your software on your computer screen Internet software. What are you talking about. Number two is correct. Find your Internet browser on your computer screen. Listen again. Choose the best dancer. Does the grandfather understand what to do. How do you use the Internet. Well first you find your software on your computer screen Internet software what are you talking about. Number three is correct. No he's completely confused. Now let's do the Philon. You'll hear natural spoke in English. Read the correct written English in the blanks. How do you use the Internet. Well first you find your software on your computer screen Internet software what are you talking about. Now listen again and check your answers. How do you use the Internet. Well first you find your software on your computer screen Internet software. What are you talking about. OK good job. Now I'd like you to go to listen to. We're going to add the next reduce form.