Micro-listening #19

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Weak form drill | 0 comments

Micro-listening #19

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Weak form drill | 0 comments

Micro-listenings are quick dictations and drills to help you develop your listening skills.

In this exercise, most of the weak forms have been removed.

Understanding weak forms in natural English is a huge challenge, and one reason why rapid, natural conversation is so difficult to understand!

Listen as many times as you need to, and see if you can identify all the weak forms. Try to notice how the weak form of pronunciation is different to the strong form. Good luck!


This clip is from an episode of the Table Manners podcast, in which Jessie Ware and her mum Lennie interview a guest while preparing and eating a meal. It's always a great source for relaxed conversation with interesting people. This episode features British hip-hop artist Loyle Carner. Photo by Margo Brodowicz on Unsplash.


English (London)


In this section, Loyle Carner is talking about how he recently set up a cooking school for children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder).

one thing used really calm me down when younger cooking.

About the extract

...the one thing that used to calm me down was cooking...

The phrasal verb 'to calm sb down' means to relax somebody when they are full of energy, stressed or angry. e.g. The meeting was so stressful that we decided to take a 15 minute break so we could all calm down a bit.

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