Unit 42. "Was That the Question?" He Asked.
Reading Aloud: 'Pronouncing Punctuation'
|Listen to this text. Notice that in speech there are pauses where, in writing, there are punctuation marks.
|Note: Reading aloud is good pronunciation practice. Don't forget to 'pronounce the punctuation'.
|Pauses can change the meaning of what we say. Listen to these pairs of sentences and note the difference in pronunciation.
a It was cold outside. There was snow on the ground.
b It was cold. Outside, there was snow on the ground.
a Was that the question fhe asked?
b 'Was that the question?' he asked.
a I got up, quickly got dressed, and went downstairs.
b I got up quickly, got dressed, and went downstairs.
|We need to use pauses to give us time to think, and to give the listener time to take in the information. Listento this address and note that there are pauses where there are linebreaks and where there are gaps in the telephone number. Notice alsothat when the speaker spells her surname and email address, she dividesthe letters into groups.
Note: Practise saying the spelling of your own name. Decide how you will group the letters, if your name is long.
|Read this weather forecast aloud, "pronouncing the punctuation". Record yourself if you can. Then listen and compare.
The texts below are really two sentences, but the punctuation ismissing. The two sentences are divided before or after the underlinedexpression. Listen and draw one line / to show where the sentences aredivided.
|Listen and write the name, address and contact details that you hear.
Key.Name: Martin Britton
Address: Flat 6
98 Carlowe Road
Postcode: DG16 H39
|Say your own name, address and contact details. Record it if possible.
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