In this video Gemma goes to the shop. What's she going to buy? 

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Language level

Beginner: A1


I see; when she says ".. is that", she merges the two sounds (th,s) to become one stressed "s", right?

Hello Hosam Mohamed,

The words are certainly run together, which is a common feature of connected speech and is important both in terms of understanding and producing natural English. Sometimes sounds are omitted (elision) and sometimes merged (assimilation) in natural speech. However, I think here the two sounds are both present, though they are certainly linked.



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Thank you very much Mr. Peter. I hope you mention an example for "elision" and another one for "assimilation".
Thanks again.

Hello again Hosam Mohamed,

Assimilation is where two sounds occur next to each other and one or both change to make speech easier. For example, there is a park in London called Green Park. When we say the name quickly, the /n/ sound at the end of the first word becomes /m/ to make it easier to make the mouth shape for the /p/ sound at the start of the second word.

Elision is where a sound is omitted in connected speech. For example, when we say the phrase I don't know, we generally do not produce the /t/ sound at the end of don't, making the phrase more like *I don know*, or even *I dunno*.



The LearnEnglish Team

I got it. Thanks a lot Mr. Peter

I have learned these phrases from the video:

- Have you got
- Can I have.

I have two questions:

What is the sense of meaning of Can I have? a mean Where do I have to use it?

Hello Smartosty,

We use 'Can I have...?' to ask for something in a polite way. It's very common in shops and restaurants, for example, or when you visit someone's house:

Can I have the menu, please? [in a restaurant]

Can I have ten eggs, please? [in a shop/at the market]

Can I have a piece of cake, please? [in someone's house]



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It’s that for the basic speaking exercise

New phrases that I have learned in this video are:
Over there in the fridge.
Have you got cold one?
Is that everything.
Here you are.

Very useful. thank you.