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How are Leaders’ Presentations and Olympic Athletes the Same?

It’s hard to believe that the Olympics are almost over and there will be no more late nights!  I hope that you have been enjoying these tremendous athletes and all their heartwarming stories!

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Is chewing gum OK during an interview?

Here is a riddle for you: When is it ok to chew gum and give an interview in front of millions of people?

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Contrasting Sounds in English

Pairs of sound in English that are made exactly the same except one is voice and the other is not, are called minimal pairs. The sounds in English that are made without using the vocal cords are called “voiceless.” Here are some examples…

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The American English Way of Saying “You”

The word “you” is commonly used in English. Since it is also a weak word (unless it is intentionally stressed), it is often reduced when linked to negative contractions. Here are some examples…

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Is American English Sloppy?

Some people may argue that Americans have learned to be sloppy speakers because they aren’t very precise with their diction and reduce or eliminate sounds and words. But we often minimize/eliminate sounds logically and conveniently to create a smooth, natural flow of speech. Here is an example…

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Inserting Sounds in English

When we connect words in sentences, the endings of the words in the sentence sometimes change to create a smooth, natural flow. Here is an example of an insertion or the addition of a letter to create a fluid sound in English.

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Connecting Words in Sentences

When we connect words in sentences, the endings of each word in that sentence sometimes changes to create a fluid flow. They may become reduced (less pronounced), they may be moved to the next sound or another sound may be inserted into the sentence. Here is an example of the way ending sounds get moved to the next word.

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Reductions in English

Putting endings on words is important because they carry grammatical information and if not pronounced, the speaker may be misunderstood. But when we connect words in sentences, the endings of words sometimes change. They may become reduced (less pronounced), they may be moved to the next sound or another sound may be inserted to create a smooth, fluid flow. Here is an example of a reduction of a sound. Look at the sentence on your screen…

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