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hello everybody this is Elliot from ETJ

English good to see you again

and today we're looking at one simple

sentence but we're going to be learning

a lot from this simple sentence stress

intonation weak forms vowels consonants

connected speech just about everything

so get your voices ready and let's start

this week's pronunciation lesson so this

is one of the many techniques I teach my

students who join my pronunciation

course it's a technique which can show

you that really any sentence can be

analyzed it can be changed things can

happen to the words and we can learn so

much just from one really really simple

everyday sentence as I said weak forms

sometimes we're going to use them

sometimes we're not intonation sometimes

we might use a rising tone and sometimes

we might use a falling tone there are

lots of different things that are going

to happen in one sentence which can

change the effect of what we are saying

so I want you to look at this sentence

for me right now just just listen to me

read it first listen to how I read it I

want to go to town with you for a coffee

tonight now don't worry

I don't expect all of you to be saying

this as fast as I am just yet but the

first thing I want you to do is listen

to the words which sound important in

this sentence which words are really

coming out to you what words do you

notice the most I would say the words

want go town coffee could be you if you

want and tonight so yes these are what

we would call the stressed words and

really all that means is that I'm making

those words stronger and making them

sound more powerful and more easy to

hear for the listener that's because

they're the words which make the

sentence happen the other words they're

becoming very relaxed I don't know if

you noticed now I'm going to read the


and I want you to listen for the small

words the words which are not important

listen to how I pronounce them I want to

go to town with you for a coffee tonight

don't know if you noticed the word to

was pronounced twice I want to go to

town center so we're not pronouncing the

word - as - we're pronouncing it as turn

and the reason why is because well it's

not important the word - is really

really irrelevant it's just there for

grammar purposes and this is what we

call a function word it's a weak form of

the word - and we'll pronounce it as -

it's also happening with the word for

it's actually becoming fun but the thing

that complicates this a little bit more

is after the word for is a schwa sound

or the word a which we pronounce as a

coffee a coffee and because we have the

word for we don't usually pronounce the

R okay and in most cases let's say it

was for the coffee which wouldn't happen

we would say for the coffee for the


for the coffee but because we have a

vowel okay with the word a or as we

would pronounce it we're actually going

to borrow the are at the end of four and

we're going to use it to help us get to

the vowel and that's because when we

have a word which finishes with a

consonant and the next word begins with

a vowel we're going to join them

together with that consonant even if

it's an R which is the enemy of British

English so it would be still in its weak

form so we're not saying for we're

saying fer but we're adding that are on

the end and joining it to the schwa of

up so for for coffee for coffee

for a coffee I want to go to town with

you for a coffee now one more thing I'm

actually quickly going to mention is I'm

not pronouncing the T at the end of want

I'm actually saying one the reason for

this is because want ends with a tea but

the next word begins with the tea we're

actually going to relax the word want

and drop that tea if we want to and it

will become I want to want to go to town

want to go to town now the other thing

I'm going to mention one more thing in

this part of the sentence is that the

word you could also be a function word a

weak form we could say with you I want

to go to town with you for a coffee

you could be pronounced as yeah in some

situations but I wouldn't in this

situation I think you is quite an

important word here because we're

directing this at the listener we want

them to know it's you not my sister it's

you so let's just do the whole sentence

now I want to go to town with you for a

coffee tonight now I want you to

practice to go to town to go to town I

really like how we're doing this

this is a great way of you practicing

your weak forms weak forms are really

really important and it's usually the

schwa sound which is replacing a vowel

and that's the reason why people say or

the true fact is that around thirty to

forty percent of British pronunciation

is the schwa sound and that's because

we're using it so much in weak forms now

there are loads more weak forms like I

said two to four for you yeah are and

many many many more but we'd be here all

day if I were teaching you those so I'll

save those for those of you who join my

pronunciation course so one more thing I

want to look at really today is

intonation I just wanted to look at how

we could tone this sentence and also

we've we've mentioned stress already but

we can quickly touch on that also so

listen to me read it one more time we've


sentence a lot now I want to go to town

with you for a coffee later the most

important thing really is that we're

going down at the end because it's a

statement okay and because it's a

statement we're going to fool at the end

to show that we finish speaking and it's

not a question if I said I want to go to

town with you for a coffee later that

would sound like a question like we're

saying something but we're also asking

it as a question while we say it so we

need to make sure we're going down at

the end to show that we've finished

speaking and we're making a statement

now if it were a question then we might

change it for example do you want to go

to town for a coffee later yes we're

going up later but I want to go to town

with you for a coffee later

going down to show we've finished

speaking okay and remember that the

stressed words the tone will go up and

we push them okay and that's just to

show that they are the important words

and they need to be heard and remember

two two four four and there are many

many others this is a really quick

lesson but I wanted it to be quick to

show you how you could spend for example

10 minutes of your morning writing down

two or three sentences and you can

really analyze these sentences for

example look at the weak forms how many

words can become weak which words are

stressed which words are important in

these sentences how would we tone the

sentence what intonation would we use

can I pronounce all of the vowels and

the consonants in these words maybe I

need to practice pronouncing the words

there are so many things you can do with

just one sentence and you could

implement this into your day and start

improving your pronunciation naturally

now for more techniques and also

everything you need to know about weak

forms stress intonation function words

vowels consonants connected speech

absolutely everything about British

English and achieving a British accent

you can join my pronunciation course at

e t--

English calm the link is in the

description below and you will also have

access to me on whatsapp or WeChat where

we will talk I can listen to your voice

recordings and give you some feedback

and guide you as you take the course so

as always I'm looking forward to meeting

those of you who do join the course and

thank you very much for watching this

video I hope it helped cheers guys

take care


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