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 episode 96 of the brilliant The Allusionist podcast, which explores all aspects of words and language. This episode is about trust. Photo by Mathieu Turle on Unsplash.
The interviewee, Rachel Botsman, is talking about how she defined trust for her book on the subject.
know...I thought really easy define trust.
About the extract
...do you know...
Notice the pronunciation of 'do you' as /ʤə/. This weak and contracted pronunciation is extremely common in questions - this is one reason why they can be hard to understand.
...I thought it was going to be easy...