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What was the question that person B) heard?
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Thursday 16th March
Person ‘A’ has a high level of English, but has never been to Britian. She meets person ‘B’ who’s British and on holiday in Spain. She’s very surprised at how ‘B’ responds to her questions, because she knows her accent is good and her questions are correctly formed. The responses to her questions make her think person ‘A’ must be a bit crazy!!
So, what’s the problem?
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Isle of Wight is an island off the south coast of England. (The ‘s’ is silent, so it sounds like -I’ll-, the contracion of ‘I will’. And ‘Wight’ is pronounced the same as ‘white’.) ‘Isle of Wight’ sounds the same as ‘I love white’.
Notice how the ‘o’ in ‘of’ is weak, so it sounds like the ‘o’ in ‘love’.
The capital of Isle of Wight is Cowes which, you’ve guessed it, sounds the same as ‘cows’.
More fun with English sounds here: Pronunciation Centre
Tuesday 14th March
What a strange language English is!!
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In spoken English, ‘Do you’ contracts to ‘d’you’, which sounds the same as ‘Jew’. The ‘t’ in ‘want’ is silent, so we have ‘d’you wan’ which is (almost) idententical to ‘Jew on’.
Check out my pronunciation charts with audio here: Pronunciation Centre: Sounds of English