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let's practice the American accent with

real people in Los Angeles I have

conversations with people that I meet in

Los Angeles I analyze the way they are

speaking and then I create lessons based

on those conversations so that you can

improve your American accent in this

video we will focus on words dress

natural connected speech and thought

groups and the American are sound the

person I met in this video is named Mia

I met Mia at Venice Beach Venice Beach

is pretty close to my office in Los

Angeles and also I grew up in that

general area is so often after work I

like to go down to Venice Beach and to

take pictures of the sunset that relaxes

me so much and here are some pictures

that I'd like to share with you that I

took at Venice Beach and this is where I

met Mia and I filmed our conversation

and I'd like you to pay attention to

which words she stresses and how she

connects the words together we will

focus on that and then after you watch

my conversation with Mia

I will give you some example sentences

to practice that follow the same pattern

we will practice the same rules of

connected speech that she is following I

will create additional sentences for you

so that you can practice speaking like a

native speaker I really enjoy my walks

at Venice Beach the sunsets are so

beautiful on this specific day when I

was walking closer to the beach I

noticed that people were dancing they

were dancing at the beach and they were

wearing headphones and I really didn't

know what was going on so they were

listening to music silently and then I

looked to my right and I noticed there

was a DJ and the DJ was playing the

music and talking to the people that

were dancing I thought it was

interesting and I didn't know what was

going on and I decided to film it I

filmed the dancers they look like they

were really having a good time and I

noticed one particular girl who was

dancing so beautifully and I took

pictures of her and then I talked to her

and I asked her questions about what was

going on so now you will watch this

video where she talks about what's

happening on Venice Beach and why people

are dancing what's your name my name is

Mia you're such a good dancer

thank you did you did you uh study dance

I didn't study dance growing up I

studied ballet so but I love any

opportunity to dance and when I can

dance in nature with the ocean and the

sunset is like a prayer

but what is this dance called what is

this guys doing down here it's called

the wave silent disco and it is a

fundraiser for Alma cares and Alma cares

dance and expressive arts in

not loneliness

epidemic of loneliness I mean all of

this experience is not from time to time

in different ways to feel isolated

so we come together in dance silently to

make a spectacle to inspire people

passion

we fundraise for the Alma cares and so

she takes the headphones into the Senior

Center

oh that's amazing that's very what's

your favorite thing about Venice

probably this yeah and just the culture

it's peachy it's happy and healthy

the surfers are beautiful people are

beautiful you know they're plenty or

beautiful well that's a vibe here I

think like glowing

I come for that okay great and if you

were to tell my students my viewers from

other countries what they should do when

they come to LA what would you tell them

to do get involved when you see

something like this or music on the

street or art on the street or something

like that get involved and participate

more alive

I always find the music and the dancers

and that just guides me through the city

find the artists that's fantastic I

agree with you thank you so much for

your time let's first talk about the

rhythm and melody of Mia's speech she

stresses the key words but she also

reduces the unimportant words listen to

this sentence so when I love any

opportunity to dance so but I love any

opportunity to dance she said but I love

any opportunity to dance but I love any

opportunity to dance

she didn't say opportunity to dance

she didn't say - she said - to dance to

dance opportunity to dance opportunity

to dance the - is a preposition it's not

an important word so let's reduce it as

much as possible I love any opportunity

to dance and notice she didn't say

opportunity

she said opportunity so when I love any

opportunity to dance so when I love any

opportunity to dance pay attention to

the T sound opportunity listen to me and

then you say it like you really mean it

I love any opportunity to dance your

turn

let's practice reducing the word to in

other examples listen to me and repeat I

need to talk to you I need to talk to

you I hope to see you again

I hope to see you again I love to dance

I love to dance

and then she reduced another word she

said and when I can dance in nature and

when I can dance in nature and when I

can dance in nature and when I can dance

in nature did you hear how she reduced

the word can and when I can dance in

nature she didn't say can dance she said

can dance can dance in nature nature and

now let's practice reducing the word can

in other examples I can do it I can do

it I can swim I can swim can you help me

I didn't say can you help me I didn't

say ah I said can you help me uh can you

help me can you help me can I help you

with anything can I help you with

anything and now let's say the same

sentence that Mia said one more time and

when I can dance in nature let's listen

to the R in the word nature listen to

her again when I can dance in nature

nature did you notice how clear and

strong the American are is nature a it's

a long sound it's kind of like a vowel

so the American are at the end of the

word is clearly heard which is very

different from the British our nature is

a key word it's a noun so she stresses

it also her intonation goes up that's

because she's not finished the sentence

is not finished and when I can dance in

nature that means she has something else

to say so the intonation goes up but at

the end of the sentence that should not

happen the intonation should go down

listen to the two R's at the end is a

fundraiser for almond cares is a

fundraiser for almond cares fundraiser

for Alma carers she pronounces those

clearly again there is a strong clear R

at the ends of words of American English

let's practice some more examples with

those clear strong American ours listen

and repeat I don't care I don't care

it's now or never it's now or never

close the door close the door come here

come here let's listen to a really

important aspect of good native sounding

speech listen to the way she links the

words listen to the way she connects

them

- she said epidemic of loneliness

epidemic of loneliness the word of is

connected to the two other words around

it epidemic of loneliness let's practice

a few more examples Bank of America

Bank of America Queen of England Queen

of England it sounds like one word not

three words as a matter of fact as a

matter of fact as a matter of fact five

words they sound like one word and we

stress the word fact we open our mouth

on the air as a matter of fact as a

matter of fact listen to the way that

she connects the words in the next

example all of us experience that from

time to time from time to time in

different ways from time to time in

different ways from time to time in

different ways all of this experience

now let's say the whole sentence that

Mia said I mean all of us experienced

that from time to time in different ways

listen to the way she reduces the word

are and how she connects the words

together

she said the surfers are beautiful the

surfers are beautiful she didn't open

her mouth very much on the word our she

didn't say our she said the surfers are

the surfers are beautiful people are

beautiful people are beautiful let's

practice saying the word are in other

examples the customers are waiting the

customers are waiting these houses are

beautiful these houses are beautiful

let's listen to the way she connected

the words art on the street art on the

street art on the street that tea became

a fast Dee or what some people consider

in our and other languages at an art on

art on the street and the rule is when

we have an are followed by a tea and

followed by a vowel sound that tea

changes for example we don't say party

in American English we say party party

we don't say start Ted we say started

started the party has already started

the party has already started let's

repeat what Mia said art on the street

art on the street if you enjoy these

types of videos where I'm talking to

native speakers in Los Angeles please

let me know and I will continue to make

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