Micro-listening #20

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

Micro-listening #20

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 889 of the Planet Money podcast, which is great to listen to if you would like to hear interesting and engaging stories about the economy. In this episode, we hear the story of a successful businessman who decided to set up a chain of cafes in which there were no fixed prices - the customers could pay whatever they wanted. Photo by Mathieu Turle on Unsplash.


North American

Ron making big bet. Not just business, human nature. wealthy people poor people want sit side side lunch, people be so generous these restaurants break even.

About the extract

...would want to sit side by side...

Side by side = next to or beside somebody or something. e.g. They had lived side by side for 20 years without experiencing any problems, until the night of the fight.

...that these restaurants would break even...

If a business or an individual breaks even, then they have recovered the money spent on or invested in something - they have not made a loss (or a profit). e.g. The owners expect to make a loss this year, but hope to break even next year.

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