15 Tongue Twisters To Help Improve Your Pronunciation
I was doing an episode going through different tongue twisters for the Aussie English Supporter Pack listeners, and I went into depth with that, and they got to hear how I can actually do these, but I thought I would also just go through all of these once for you listeners of the podcast.
So, let’s go.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Peter Piper picked a peck of picked peppers. How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?
Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?
Frivolously fanciful Fannie fried fresh fish furiously.
To begin to toboggan first buy a toboggan, but don’t buy too big a toboggan. Too big a toboggan is too big a toboggan to buy to begin to toboggan.
She saw Sharif’s shoes on the sofa. But was she so sure those were Sharif’s shoes she saw?
Give papa a cup of proper coffee in a copper coffee cup.
Black background, brown background.
Seventy-seven benevolent elephants.
The chic Sikh’s sixty-sixth sheep is sick.
A loyal warrior will rarely worry why we rule.
A pessimistic pest exists amidst us.
Drew Dodd’s dad’s dog’s dead.
Which witch switched the Swiss wristwatches?
She sells seashells on the seashore.
Oh! I got that wrong.
She sells seashells BY the seashore.
I can’t believe I actually just got all of those, albeit I didn’t go very quickly, but that was one take, I didn’t get any of those wrong.
I’m so proud after spending the last 20-30 minutes stuffing these up constantly guys.
Anyway, if you want to get a more in depth cover of these different tongue twisters where I go through them slowly and I teach you them as well as give you audio clips of them individually then feel free to sign up for the Aussie English Supporter Pack.
This is the subscription service for Aussie English where by signing up you’re supporting me and allowing me to do more, and you also get access to all of this bonus content for every single episode that comes out on the podcast including premium transcripts that you can download, downloadable MP3s, and all these bonus exercises for listening comprehension, speaking, as well as substitution exercises, and I quite often go over things like phrasal verbs that are tackled in that lesson.
Anyway, today was just about tongue twisters. Estefania in the private Aussie English Virtual Classroom, which you get access to when you sign up to the Aussie English Supporter Pack, asked about tongue twisters, so I thought I would make this for you guys. I think tongue twisters are a really fun way of practicing your pronunciation.
You don’t need to nail these and they’re kind of fun to do together, and even as a native speaker like myself I screw them up.
I spent literally the last half an hour practicing these and recording some episodes, and only finally when I thought, “Okay, I can do these pretty well” did I decide to make this episode for you guys.
But yeah, if you want to work on your pronunciation I really recommend doing these different tongue twisters, practicing them, and work on the ones that are difficult.
You don’t have to do all of them, but work on the ones that include sounds that might be really really difficult for you.
So, I know, like, a lot of people that are from Thailand have difficulty with the “Sh” and “Ch” sounds, and say, from Japan, they have difficulty with the “L” and the “R”, the “L” and “R” sounds.
So, definitely pick those, and when you practice them enough you’ll slowly hear the difference in how to pronounce these things and you’ll get it, you’ll nail it, and you’ll improve your pronunciation when you speak normally.
Anyway, that’s long enough for this little bonus episode for you guys.
I hope you enjoy it.
If you have any of your own tongue twisters that you know of that I didn’t do in this episode let me know in a comment or send me a message on Facebook and maybe I can include them in the future.
Anyway, all the best guys and I’ll chat to you later!
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By pete — 2 years ago
AE 291 – Expression: To Face The Music
G’day guys. Welcome to this episode of Aussie English.
I’m your host Pete, and this is The Aussie English Podcast.
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Today is another expression episode, and the expression for today is “to face the music”, “to face the music”.
This is one that I hear quite a bit.
This is one that my parents would use a little bit on me when I was younger.
As usual, let’s go through and define the words in the expression, “to face the music”, guys.
So, “face”. This is obviously used as a verb in this phrase, but it’s also a noun.
So, “a face” or “the face” of something is the front of something.
Usually, if we’re talking about people it’s the front of your head.
So, where your eyes are, your mouth is, where your nose is. That’s your face.
When it’s used as a verb, however, so if you face something, to face something, it is to take your face and look toward something.
So, to confront something, figuratively, or to literally point yourself towards that thing.
So, to address something, to confront something, when we’re talking about facing something in a figurative sense, or in a literal sense, if we point our face towards something, we’re facing it.
The last word we’ll go through is “music”, the music or some music.
“Music” is a vocal or instrumental set of sounds, a song or singing or pleasant noise.
I’m sure you guys will know what “music” is.
So, as usual, let’s dive in and define the expression itself, “to face the music”.
What does it mean if you face the music or if you’re forced to face the music.
“To face the music” means to be confronted with the unpleasant consequences of your actions, or to receive punishment for your actions.
So, most often you going to hear this said like, “it’s time for you to face the music”.
“It’s time to face the music”. You need to face the music. To face the music.
So, let’s go into the origin of this expression. I looked this up. It is unknown.
We’re not 100% sure where this expression originates from, but there are two likely possible origins.
Firstly, the expression could have originated from disgraced officers.
So, people in the army or some kind of military force that had to literally face the music, that is they point themselves towards the music, when they were being drummed out of their regiment.
So, if they’re being drummed out that would be like the drums were playing as they were kicked out, as they were removed, from their regiment, from the group that they were in.
So, they would have to stand there and literally face the music that was being played on the drums as they were thrown out, as they were disgraced and chucked out of the regiment, of the military.
That’s the first possible origin of this expression.
The second one could have been when actors had to face the music on stage.
When they came out on stage if they were facing the audience they were also facing the orchestra pit.
So, this is where everyone in the orchestra was sitting below the stage in front of the stage, actors would have to face the orchestra, the orchestra pit, where the music was coming from.
So, when they were on stage they could have said, you know, as they were about to go on stage that it’s time to go out on stage and face the music.
So, it’s time to face the music. It’s time to get out there and have to do this stuff.
We have to face the music. We have to face the consequences of what it is to be an actor.
So, as usual, guys let’s jump through a few examples of how I would use this expression in everyday life.
So, a few everyday life examples or situations where you might hear this kind of expression being used.
Number one, imagine that you are a student at school.
And this is probably mostly the case for male students.
But imagine you’re misbehaving in class and the teacher decides to give you detention.
So, this is where you have to go and stay in a classroom during lunchtime or recess.
So, those periods where you have time to go outside.
If you get detention during those periods as a punishment you have to go and sit in a classroom and do homework or do work.
And it can also happen after school.
So, I didn’t get this too much at school, although I’m sure I did a few times, probably during lunchtime.
But imagine you’re a student who misbehaves. You get given detention.
When the bell goes at the end of the day, or say it goes just before lunch or recess, your friends might say, “Oh, don’t forget you’ve got detention. Time to face the music”.
You’re going to have to go sit in the class all lunch or for a certain period after school and do homework.
It’s time to face the music. You’ve got to go have to do your detention now.
You’re going to have to face up to the consequences of misbehaving in class.
It’s time to face the music.
Example number two.
Imagine that you are a criminal who’s stolen say a million dollars from your business.
So, you’ve taken all this money from your business and fled overseas. You’ve run off.
If the country that you’ve run off in to… so you’ve escaped Australia and you’ve gone into somewhere, say, like the Philippines.
Say that that country has allowed the Australian Government and the police force to come to their country and take you home.
So, they’re extraditing you back to Australia to be punished.
When that happens, you could say that you’re having to go back to Australia to face the music.
So, the police and the Aussie government have come to get you in the Philippines, and they’re forcing you to face the music.
It’s time to face the music.
It’s time to accept the consequences of what you’ve done wrong and receive the punishment for it.
You’re going to have to come back to Australia, go to court, and face the music.
Example number three, the last example.
Say, you’ve had a fight with your wife or your husband, so your partner.
And you’ve gone out with your mates to a local pub.
So, okay, imagine you’re a guy who likes to drink.
You’ve gone out to a pub, which is sort of an establishment that sells beer, usually, on the corner of streets that you’ll go to in Australia, especially out in country towns.
There’ll be lots of pubs.
So, they’re out there hanging with your mates, and you’re kind of avoiding having to deal with the situation, with the fight that you had with your partner.
You don’t want to go home and you don’t really want to face the consequences of that fight.
When you finally accept that it is time to go home though and to confront this issue with your partner.
So, you know, maybe after a few hours, after a few drinks, and you’ve cooled down.
You’ve calmed down. You’re in a better state of mind.
You might say, “Look, it’s time for me to go home. It’s time to face the music. I’m going to have to go home and sort this out with my partner. And it’s time to face the music. I guess it’s time to head home guys. Time to face the music. Time to get this all sorted out. I have to face the music.”
So that’s it for the examples guys.
Hopefully by now you get what the expression “to face the music” means.
As usual, we’ll go through a listen and repeat exercise, guys.
And I’m going to say this just as I would as a native speaker.
So, listen and repeat guys, and practice your pronunciation.
Listen & Repeat:
I’ve got to face the music.
You’ve got to face the music.
He’s got to face the music.
She’s got to face the music.
We’ve got to face the music.
They’ve got to face the music.
It’s got to face the music.
So, for this exercise, obviously, you’ve heard me use “got to”, but I’ve actually contracted it together into “gotta”, which I actually pronounce as more of a “godda” kind of sound “godda”, “godda”.
So, it’s using that T-flap that we’ve gone over previously.
So, if you have got to do something it means you have to do something, you need to do something, you must do something.
And we often use “got” when we’ve contracted “have” onto the pronoun.
So, if I say “I’ve gotta”, I use “got” because it sounds weird to say “I’ve to face the music.”, “You’ve to face the music.”.
We wouldn’t say that is native. So, if we contract “have” we have to use “got”.
Anyway, pronunciation and connected speech tip wise, as I said I used “got to” and I contracted this to “gotta”.
So, “to” often gets turned into a “ta” or an “a” kind of sound when it joins the verb before it.
So, when there’s a verb that’s in the infinitive form with “to” before it.
So, in the case of “I have got to face the music”, the “to” before “face” will often get contracted on to the word before it.
So, you’re going to hear examples, most commonly in English, such as:
Going to = gonna
Need to = needa
Have to = havda
Want to = wanna
Plan to = plan’a
Hope to = hopeta
So, hopefully that makes sense, guys.
If you want to practice this pronunciation and connected speech tip I really recommend signing up to the Aussie English Supporter Pack or the Aussie English Membership that’s on the website at the moment.
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This episode we’re going to go through a lot of different exercises learning how to use “to have to” and “to have got to”, as well as contracting “have” onto the pronouns.
We’re going to practice substituting in and out of “have to” and “have got to”. We’re also going to practice these pronunciation and connected speech parts where we contract “to” onto different verbs.
So, we’re going to practice things like, gotta, wanna, gonna, havta, hopesta, etc.
So, if you want to get access to all that guys sign up to the Aussie English Supporter Pack and give it a go.
Anyway, I hope you guys are having a killer week. I am currently freezing my butt off in my room.
It is the middle of winter and it is absolutely freezing.
Last night was the most cold night to date this year. I think it got down to zero degrees.
So, I’m going to go and watch some TV, and do some more language learning, and I hope you guys have an absolutely killer week.
So, I will chat to you all soon. I wish you all the best.
Thank you so much for listening guys, and enjoy your week.
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By pete — 5 months ago
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AE 485: 1 Tip to Buy Cheap Books (in Australia)
What’s going on, guys?
So today, I was putting together a PDF download, and I’m trying to find a lot of different books that you can get to help you learn English, but also learn about Australian culture, among other things like documentaries, movies, anyway.
The basic idea here for this video is that I wanted to show you how to get cheap books in Australia. So, if you are a bit of a bookworm who likes to buy books online, this is the way that you can find the cheapest option for whatever book it is that you’re looking for. Anyway. Okay.
So, let’s check out the screen here. First thing’s first, I want you to type in Booko into Google, okay. You might need to make sure that Google is Google.com.au, but the website we’re looking for is Booko, BOOKO.com.au. Okay. So, you’ll see it open up here, and you can literally search any kind of book that you want to get, right.
So, one example that I was looking at was a famous book by an author called Tim Winton in Australia and that book is called ‘Cloudstreet’. So, we’ll do a search for that. You can see there’s a few different options here that have come up with Cloudstreet in them, but obviously the first one here is the one we’re looking for.
So, click on that, and then we’ll see that there’s a whole different bunch of editions, right? So, you can get paperback, you can get… what have you got here, ah, MP3 CD, you can get the Kindle edition, and the e-book, all these different options, right? So, you’ll obviously need to find the best option for you. The good thing is prices will be listed for ‘new’ down the side here and ‘used’ down the sign here as well. Okay. And when it was published.
So, if for example, we look at… let’s see if I can find… okay, Cloudstreet, here. Paperback English. Okay. Your standard paperback book. We’ll click on that and you will see, and this is the part that I really like about this Booko website, you will see all of these different stores online listed in order of cheapest, at the top here, to most expensive at the bottom. And the thing that I love about this, aside from obviously showing you the best option for you, from all the different websites online, whether it’s overseas websites, whether it’s in Australia, is that it also shows you delivery and whether or not there’s a fee, and it factors that fee in to the ultimate price. And on top of that, it shows you availability and then total price on the side. Right?
So, you can AbeBooks is selling Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet for only $14.10, 10 cents, and then it is a $1.31. But even with that delivery fee the total is still cheaper than the next best one, which is only $0.06 more from Angus and Robertson for $15.47.
So, this site is awesome. Okay. I really recommend using this site if you guys are looking for books. Once you found the book that you want, once you have found a really good price, sometimes too these prices are quite substantial. The top spot could be $5 or $10 cheaper than at the next point down.
So, you would click them on the website at the top there. It’ll send you directly to where on that website you can get this book. You would then just click add to basket and obviously, whichever website this is, you’ve got to fill out the information required, and then you can buy it.
So, just a short video today, guys, that I wanted to show you for anyone on here who loves buying books.
I might also quickly show you that you can find some pretty obscure things on here. Okay. So, I think, from memory, this website was the one that I got my Portuguese grammar book through. So, it’s not just common novels, right. You’re going to find a whole bunch of really obscure books. So, if you’re looking for things like English grammar. Maybe you will type in ‘English grammar book’ and see what comes up. What have we got here? Central Grammar in Use with Answers.
So, you’ll see a whole bunch of these things come up, English Grammar Workbooks for Dummies. That was actually written by my dad’s friend Geraldine Woods.
So, yeah. Anyway, great website site. I really recommend using this before you’re thinking about getting books, whether it’s from book stores in Australia that you walk into or other sites online, I would really recommend jumping on this website and doing a search just to compare those prices, because quite often you’ll save a little bit of money, especially, if you’re going to a book store in Australia, an actual bookstore, right, a physical bookstore. Quite often their prices will be a little bit above what you can get here and it gets delivered to your door, right, in the mail.
Anyway, hope you enjoyed this video, guys. Hope it was helpful for you. And I would love to know from you what was the last book that you bought online? Tell me about it in a comment below and I’ll tell you soon. See ya!
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By pete — 2 years ago
AE 271 – Expression: Straight / Right Off The Bat
Welcome to this episode of Aussie English. I hope you guys have been having a great week.
And for everyone joining us for the first time welcome.
Thanks for listening to the Aussie English Podcast where I teach you Aussie English.
The English spoken Down Under in Australia.
So I just got home from having Thai food with some of the girls, well, and a guy from work.
So from the museum where I study. Thai food’s pretty popular in Australia.
And so we went down to a place called Lemon Grass on Lygon Street in Melbourne.
It was really really good. And we had like green curry, red curry, coconut rice, and then curry puffs, I think some spring rolls, and some roti bread as well as chicken skewers.
So it was amazing. Big feed.
So I’m feeling pretty full as it is at the moment, but I thought you know I’ve got the night off.
I should come back and record the next episode of Aussie English.
So, the expression today is “straight off the bat” or “right off the bat”.
So you can use either “straight” or “right” with this expression.
So as usual we’ll go through defining the words within the expression or expressions “straight off the bat” and “right off the bat”.
“Right” can mean a few things. It can mean a direction, you know, the opposite to left.
If you turn right you’re not turning left. So, I turned right at the intersection.
It can also mean correct, as in, “I’m right and you’re wrong”.
But in this case, in the case of the expression right off the bat it means completely, fully, entirely, utterly, thoroughly.
“Straight” also has a few different meanings including extending or moving in a uniform direction.
So in a line, in a straight line, as you would say. So for example, it was a straight road.
So it doesn’t turn to the left doesn’t turn to the right. It just goes in a straight line in front of you.
It’s a straight road. It could also mean properly positioned.
So, to be level, to be upright, to be symmetrical.
So for example, when I was a kid my grandparents would always tell me to sit up straight, as in straighten my spine, sit up correctly, sit upright, sit up straight.
And you could also say your t-shirt or tie or your pants on straight.
So as opposed to them being twisted or crooked you put them on straight.
So they’re nice, neat, upright, symmetrical, straight.
In this case though, it means without hesitation or deliberation.
So without prior planning. So for example, “We went straight off home after school”.
So it’s very very direct. No hesitation, no deliberation. It is what happened immediately.
So it’s similar to right, but not exactly the same, but in the context of this phrase it means the same thing off.
I’m sure a lot of you will know what “off” means. It’s the opposite of “on” for example.
So something can be off if it’s turned off or it can be on if it’s turned on. If it’s an appliance say like a TV or a microwave.
It can also mean moving away from something. So, “He fell off his bed”.
He’s like fallen from his bed and he’s moving away from the bed.
So he’s falling off. I ran off into the distance.
So I’m running and I’m going away from wherever it is that you’re talking about.
And the ball came off the bat, which is sort of how it ties in with this expression.
So the ball comes off the bat it means that the bat has hit the ball and the ball has moved away from it.
It’s gone off, it’s come off, it’s moving off away from the bat.
And a bat, if you haven’t gathered already, is something that you hit a ball with.
So, it tends to be a long piece of wood with a handle.
You know, it’s been shaped, it’s been fashioned into an instrument, an implement that is used to hit balls, and hit balls in games.
So games like cricket, baseball, it could be table tennis.
You probably refer to that as a table tennis bat instead of a tennis racket that’s used in tennis, for example, because it’s made of solid wood.
So, for example, “he hit the ball with his cricket bat”. That’s what a bat is.
So, hopefully you get a sense for the different words in this expression straight off the bat or right off the bat.
And so now as usual, we’ll define what the expression means.
So when we use straight off the bat or right off the bat it means straight away or right away, as in immediately, straight away at the beginning, at the start of something, immediately.
So if something happens right off the bat or something happens straight off the bat it means that it happens immediately, right now, straight away, right away at the beginning.
So I looked up the origin of this expression, and it originates, unsurprisingly, from the sport of baseball where you hit a ball with a bat that’s kind of rounded, and then you have to run to four different bases.
So the expression references, obviously, the ball coming off the bat so the ball is being hit by the bat, and the ball is moving away after a successful strike.
So the ball is moving right off the bat. It’s moving straight off the bat.
And so after a perfect hit this is immediately followed by the batter running to first base.
So in baseball you’ve got four bases. First, second, third, and fourth or home base.
And this immediate response taken by batters after hitting the ball is likely how this expression got its figurative meaning.
So how it came about, of doing something very quickly, immediately, and without delay, without deliberation, without thought.
So batters usually drop that bat straight after it’s hit the ball and they start running.
So they swing at the ball right after hitting the bat goes flying out of their hands quite often and they run to first base.
And so the age of this phrase dates back to about the 1870s or 1880s, and obviously baseball must have been pretty popular back then, and it probably originated in America seeing as baseball isn’t really popular in Australia or Britain.
And let’s go through some examples like usual guys.
So say you’re a teenager who’s at high school.
And you go to high school each day. You get dropped off by your parents or you get the bus.
I used to always get the bus to high school. You study. You hang out with your friends. You then come home.
And every day when you get home your mother or your father who is already at home waiting for you, every day as soon as you walk inside the first thing they say is “How was your day?”.
And so you could say, “Every time I get home straight off the bat they ask me how I am. Every time I get home right off the bat mom is like, “How was your day?”. Every time I get home straight off the bat dad wants to know what I’ve been up to. “How’s your day been mate? What have you been up to? Did you have a good day?”.”
So he or she asks me straight off the bat or I get asked right off the bat “How was my day?”.
Example number two, say that someone’s using Tinder. You know what Tinder is right?
The dating app that people use on their phones to match with other single people in the surrounding area.
So I’m sure you know what Tinder is. It’s used worldwide.
Imagine you’re using Tinder and you match with a lot of people.
And the first person that you go out on a date with turns out to be a perfect match.
So not only were they an actual match on Tinder, but they were a match in real life where they were a great person.
You hit it off. You get along really well.
And you ended up getting into a relationship with this person because the period that you guys are dating goes so well.
You end up boyfriend and girlfriend. You end up as partners.
You could say that straight off the bat you matched with someone who is perfect for you.
So you didn’t have to spend much time searching for “the one”, as in the one perfect match, because straight off the bat, right off the bat you’ve found that person.
So, it happened at the beginning. It happened when you first started using the app.
It happened immediately. It happened straight away. It happened right away.
It happened straight off the bat. It happened right off the bat.
So imagine in example number three here that you’re a vego.
And a vego is a vegetarian someone who only eats vegetables, so plants.
They don’t eat animals. They might eat eggs, I guess, and drink milk, but they don’t eat meat.
So, imagine you’re a vego. You’re going to a lunch with friends and family, and maybe it’s a barbie.
So, it’s a barbecue. There’s a heap of meat. So you’re going to have snags, which are like sausages.
You’re going to have lamb chops. You’re going to have prawns.
Maybe there’s some chicken as well. And sometimes that’s referred to as chook, chicken, chook.
But seeing as you’re a vego, obviously, it’s going to be all there.
All the meat is going to be there, but you’re not going to be interested.
You’re not going to be keen on eating it. So, you don’t want to go anywhere near the meat.
You are not interested at all. You’re a vego.
So you’re addicted to certain veggies such as avos, which is slang for avocado, salad, potato mash, which is like when you mix milk with potatoes and butter and salt and mash it up, tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, whatever it might be, you just love your veggies.
(You) absolutely love them. So, as soon as you arrive you see the food on the table.
You go straight past the meat and just fill your plate up with veggies.
So you get say straight off the bat, right off the bat, you go for the veggies.
You go for the salads, the avos, all the nice broccoli and carrots, all the good stuff, but you avoid the meat.
Straight off the bat you skip the meat and you pile the veggies up on your plate.
Right off the bat you go for just the veggies. Typical vegos, huh?
So, hopefully by now guys you get the terms straight off the bat, right off the bat.
I’m sure that some of you will have picked this up immediately.
So I would say that you understood the expression straight off the bat.
You understood what straight off the bat and right off the bat is.
And as usual, let’s go through some listen and repeat exercises. So listen and repeat after me guys.
This is your chance to practice your Australian pronunciation if that’s what you’re working on.
Otherwise, use the accent that you’re trying to improve, whether it’s American, British English, whatever it is, you know, feel comfortable and just practice the English more so than my accent if that’s what you’re after.
Listen and repeat:
I did it straight off the bat.
You did it straight off the bat.
He did it straight off the bat.
She did it straight off the bat.
We did it straight off the bat.
They did it straight off the bat.
And now that I do this again but with “Right off the bat” and I’m going to try and say it a little more naturally than I would when I’m trying to enunciate very well to help the less advanced listeners.
So, just give it a go. You don’t have to be perfect. Practice speaking a little quick.
It can help. And it’s good practice. So, let’s go now with “Right off the bat”.
Listen and repeat:
I did it right off the bat.
You did it right off the bat.
He did it right off the bat.
She did it right off the bat.
We did it right off the bat.
They did it right off the bat.
One little thing here that I want to point out for you guys as we’ve been doing recently with a little bit of a breakdown of the pronunciation at the end here for the lesson, is that in this phrase in both of these phrases “I did it straight off the bat” or “I did it right off the bat”.
You’re going to notice that the “T” at the end of the word straight actually sounds more like a “D”.
And this actually happens because the “T” there is surrounded by vowels.
So on one side of the word straight you’ve got “-aigh-” before the “T” sound.
And then on the other side you’ve got the “o-” before you say the word “off”.
And it’s the same with the word “right”.
At first you’ve got the “-igh-” sound then the “-t”, and then the “o-” at the start of “off”.
So there’s a vowel sounds on either side of the “T”.
And so when this happens in English, and this happens in all dialects of English. It’s very very common.
It’s not just Australian English. We say the “T” by flapping our tongue.
So instead of really well, really properly, enunciating that “straigh-T” sound, we go straight into the next vowel sound the “o-” at the start of “off”, and we flap the tongue to make the “T” sound.
So instead of saying “straigh-T off”, we say “straigh_Doff”. Did you hear that?
So “straigh-T off”, I could say if I want to use the “T”, “straigh-T off”, but when I speak quickly I say “straigh_Doff”, “straigh_Doff”, “straigh_Doff”, “straigh_Doff”. I did it straigh_Doff the bat.
So it’s a very… it’s kind of like a muted “D” sound.
And now I’ll do that with “right off the bat” as well.
“I did it righ_Doff the bat.” Did you notice it there?
“Righ_Toff” with the “T”, “righ_Doff” with the muted sort of “D” sound.
So the sound is made just from flapping the tongue so you kind of only just touch where you would touch for making that “T” sound in your mouth.
It’s going to take a little bit of practice guys, but you’ll get it if you work on it.
And we’re going to go through that in this episode in the Aussie English Supporter Pack bonus material.
I’ve actually set up a bunch of exercises to cover this specific thing.
The “T” tap or the “T” flap that makes it sound more like a “D”.
And so that’s part of the Aussie English Supporter Pack that I try to do each week.
This week we’re going to be going over all the slang that we did in this expression episode.
We’re going to go over the phrasal verbs to build up, to stack up, to pile up, and to queue up, which means to accumulate.
So we’ve got exercises to go over that.
We’re also going to go over the “T” becoming a “D” sound from flapping.
So that we just sort of talked about a little bit. They’re all have exercises for you to practice that sound.
And then in the grammar I’m going to go over comparing the Simple Past Tense, as in say “happened”, “asked”, “went”, to the Past Perfect Tense as it “had happened”, “had gone”, “had asked”.
So, I’m really really enjoying making the Aussie English Supporter Pack stuff at the moment guys.
We’ve got about 40 members in the Aussie English virtual classroom in the private Facebook group that I use that I’ve created for all of the members who use the Aussie English Supporter Pack once a week to get these episodes with a heap of extra bonus content.
Breaking down the podcast episode of the week so that you can really take your learning to another level.
I’m really trying to design this to help you guys accelerate your English learning as quickly as possible, and just absorb everything.
Really go over everything thoroughly.
So, if you’re interested in giving it a go sign up. It’s a dollar for one month.
You can try it for a month. You can come into the private Facebook group.
We all work together there at the moment on phrasal verbs.
We have daily phrasal verbs that we work on.
And you’ll also get access to all of the previous episodes and their transcripts, their MP3s, their exercises, the exercise MP3s as well, all the bonus material.
So, come and check it out guys.
Let me know what you think, and we can work together to take your English to the next level.
Anyway, that’s long enough for today guys.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this episode, and I’ll chat to you soon.
All the best.
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