Lesson 48. Finished? I've Just Started!
Important Words in Conversation
|If we want to give special emphasis to words, for example if we are
very surprised, we sometimes use a lot of stress, and our voices go
especially high. Listen to these two dialogues.|
I\'ve just started↓ it.
I\'ve just started↓ it!!
|In the second dialogue, the word finished is also specially emphasised. Listen and repeat.|
|Listen to the different intonation on finished and started, and repeat. |
|Now repeat the whole answer from the second dialogue. |
Finished↑?! I\'ve just started↓ it!!
|Listen to two people arguing. Notice the intonation they use, especially on the words in bold.|
A: You\'re late! We said two o\'clock!
B: We didn\'t↓ - we said half↓ past two!
A: We said two↓! You\'re always↓ late!
B: Last time you↓ were late! Remember?
A: Was I?
Listen again and repeat the dialogue.
|Listen and underline the specially emphasised words in B\'s replies. |
Key1 A: Do you like westerns? B: Me↑? I can\'t stand↓ westerns!
2 A: It\'s stopped raining. B: Really↑? I don\'t believe↓ it!
3 A: Is it the first time you\'ve been here? B: The first↑ - and probably the last↓!
4 A: You know the city pretty well, don\'t you? B: Me↑? I\'ve never been↓ here before!
5 A: What are twelve elevens? B: Don\'t ask me↑! I\'m hopeless↓ with numbers!
6 A: It\'s two pounds fifty for a cup of coffee. B: Two fifty↑? That\'s ridiculous↓!
7 A: Were the shops busy today? B: Busy↑? They were almost empty↓!
8 A: Do you like rap music? B: Like↑ it? I think it\'s awful↓!
Then listen again and mark the intonation on the stressed words.
Example: A: Is that your car?
В: Тhat↑? You must be joking↓!
|Listen to the telephone conversation between John Watt and Will Knott.|
Watt is pronounced like what. Knott is pronounced like not.
Will is a short form of William and is pronounced like the verb will.
John Watt: Hello↓. Are you there↓?
Will Knott: Yes↓. Who\'s that↓?
John Watt: Watt↓.
Will Knott: What\'s your name↓?
John Watt: Watt\'s↓ my name.
Will Knott: What↑?
John Watt: My name\'s John Watt↓.
Will Knott: John what↑?
John Watt: Yes↓, that\'s right↓. Are you Jones↓?
Will Knott: No, I\'m Knott↓.
John Watt: Well, tell me your name↓, then.
Will Knott: Will Knott↓.
John Watt: Why↓ not?
Will Knott: My name\'s Knott↓.
John Watt: Not what↓?
Will Knott: Not Watt↑, Knott↓.
John Watt: Whatt↑?!
Listen again and repeat the dialogue, using the same stress and intonation, especially on the words in bold.
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