Superbowl Sunday is one week away, so many Americans will be talking about football this week. Here are some videos to help you join in the conversation.
Want to improve your speaking and listening skills? Our "Real Talk" video series shows you how the spoken word differs from written English. Using clips from conversations, tv, and even commercials, we find the linking and reduced sounds in the "real talk" from American speakers.
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Ever hear someone say "I'm rooting for you?" Did you know what it meant? Watch the video to learn what these phrase means and how to pronounce it correctly. Then, leave a comment below with a word or phrase you're wondering about. I'll tell you what it means and choose the most popular ones for a new "What Does it Mean?" video!
You may have noticed that it is harder to be understood and to understand when speaking over the phone. This is partially due to the quality of the speech sounds transmitted over the phone, the variability of the quality of phone connection, and the lack of visual cues for the listener.
One area that can be particularly difficult is distinguishing letters, so when someone spells their name or email over the phone it can be hard to be sure if you hear it correctly. Even native English speakers will use the technique of saying "B as in boy" (for example) to clarify which letters they are saying. But if you have a long name or email address, you may not want to spell out each letter this way as it will take a long time.
Use the video below to learn more about which letters can be confused and what you can say to make it clear which letter you are using.
Rather than a common word this week, we'll take on the challenge of pronouncing the word inauguration correctly, so you are ready to talk about the presidential inauguration coming up on January 20th.
This week's word of the week is the common contraction it's. Americans almost always use it's rather than saying it is.
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