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Unit 6. Pronunciation in Slow and Fast Speech (2).

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Pronunciation in Slow and Fast Speech (2).

Unit 6; Part A

 
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ln fast speech , sounds that are found in words spoken slowly may be missed out. Listen and notice how the highlighted sounds are missed out in this conversation extract:
 
 
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For more details, see Units 8, 9, 29 and 30.

Unit 6; Part B

 
idea.jpgImportant for listening!
As well as sounds, syllables or whole words that we would expect to hear in slow speech may be reduced or missed out in fast speech. Listen and notice how the highlighted parts are reduced or missed out in this conversation:
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For more details, see Units 27-30.
 
 

Unit 6; Part C

 
idea.jpgImportant for listening!
Sounds in words may also change in fast speech compared with how they are said in slow speech or how they are represented in dictionaries. Listen and notice how the sound /t/ changes in the highlighted parts of this conversation:
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For more details, see Units 26 and 29.
 

It is not essential to make these changes in your own speech in order to be understood, although they can help your speech sound more natural and fuent. 

 



Exercises

flag.jpgListen to these sentences as many times as you need. First you will hear them said slowly and carefully and then at a more normal speed for conversation. Indicate the differences you hear in the 'conversation' versions.
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flag.jpgListen to these conversations as many times as you need and fill in the spaces. How is the AO     pronunciation of each missing word diferent from its slow form?
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Follow up: Record yourself saying the sentences in exercise 1. First say them slowly and carefully, and then at normal speed. Then compare what you said with what you heard in the recording


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