Micro-listening #39

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

Listen as many times as you need to, and try to fill in as many gaps as you can.

Source

This clip is from an episode of the Adam Buxton Podcast, which is a brilliant, funny and interesting conversational podcast. This episode features an interview with singer-songwriter John Grant.

Accent

North American.

Context

John and Adam are discussing how they cope with long journeys.

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, , Eurostar Paris.
Well, I I'd long day , then I go straight Eurostar Paris.
Well, I mean I'd had a long day of interviews, then I was booked go straight to Eurostar in Paris.

About the extract

Well, I mean...

These are examples of 'fillers' - words or phrases that we add to sentences while we think or organise our ideas. These are very common in natural spoken English, and an important listening skill is identifying and then ignoring fillers.

...I'd had a really long day...

Notice the weak/contracted pronunciation of the past perfect in this sentence: /aɪd hæd/ rather than /aɪ hæd hæd/.

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