Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Do you struggle to understand natives when they string all of their words together?

Does one sentence sound like one long word?

How can you get a handle on this and start understanding it so that you can respond?

Find out in today’s episode.

Here a question from the listener:

“As to my biggest problem with English listening, I think it’s word connections. It’s difficult for me to practice that especially in a long sentence. Could you give me some listening and speaking tips about word connections. Thanks again. “

Why is this hard?

In English natives use connected speech.

We blend our words together and that’s what makes it so hard.

We have long sentences and it can sound like it’s all one word.

Another feature of connected speech is that natives will drop their consonants at the end of their words.

They drop weaker, unvoiced consonants like the “T” and the “S.”

How can you improve this?

In our new course our Bridge to Connection Method helps you build the skills you need for this.

We give you a native speaker to listen to and we ask you to recognize and identify where the native speaker has dropped a consonant at the end of their word.

In one lesson we have two women who are educated professionals.

They are speaking at a normal pace and we didn’t give them any scripts.

We just went in, talked with them, and asked them questions about their organization that is fighting homelessness.

You cannot manufacture natural English speech in a course.

You can’t ask a voice actor to drop their final consonants so if you are taking other online courses that use voice actors then you haven’t overcome this problem yet.

It’s a gap in the English teaching world that we are filling here.

What else do you get in the course?

In the first lesson of the Americana module you get to go to Chicago, visit a diner, and meet a famous chef named Stephanie Izard.

Your assignment is to go to You Tube and watch some videos about Stephanie Izard.

In this lesson you learn some new vocabulary words.

They are:

  • Tapping into people’s memories: To evoke memories that we had when we were kids. Stephanie Izard wants to create something in her food that triggers memories that people have of food.
  • To overlook: To miss something or ignore something by accident.

Are you ready to get into our course and experience the Bridge to Connection Method?

Go here and join the course today.

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