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Lesson 48. Finished? I've Just Started!

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Important Words in Conversation

Lesson 48; Part A

galka.jpgIf 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.48.1.jpg
  1. A: When will that report be finished?   
    B: I\'ve just started
    it, so it\'ll be finished this afternoon.
  2. A: Have vou finished that report?
    B: Finisned
    ?! I\'ve just started it!!
In both dialogues, the word started is stressed, but in the second dialogue it is specially emphasised. Listen and repeat the sentence I\'ve just started it from both dialogues.

I\'ve just started it.
I\'ve just started
it!!


galka.jpgIn the second dialogue, the word finished is also specially emphasised. Listen and repeat.
Finished?!

galka.jpgListen to the different intonation on finished and started, and repeat.
Finished
?!  started!!

galka.jpgNow repeat the whole answer from the second dialogue.
Finished
?! I\'ve just started it!! 

Lesson 48; Part B

dialogue.jpgListen 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.



Exercises


dialogue.jpgListen 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.48.2.jpg
Example:  A: Is that your car?
                В: Тhat? You must be joking!
  1. 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!
Check with the Key. Then listen again and repeat.

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.48.3.jpg

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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