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    Default Difficult to understand the fast spelling

    Hello everybody,
    how I can improve my ability to understand the fast spelling?
    For example I have difficult to write immediately the correct spelling for one name if my interlocutor speak very fast.
    I` m a receptionist and for me is very important understanding immediately specially through the phone.
    I do not have any problem if I need to spell one word.
    Any suggestion?

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    Default Re: Difficult to understand the fast spelling

    I didn't find any exercise for this

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    Default Re: Difficult to understand the fast spelling

    Quote Originally Posted by tangoku View Post
    I didn't find any exercise for this
    I found a page that might be useful to you: English Listening Exercises - Spelling for Beginning Level ESL EFL TESOL TEFL Students. This one is for phone numbers: Listening to Phone Numbers--1.

    They speak slowly, though. It's a question of practice, you'll get used to it

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    Default Re: Difficult to understand the fast spelling

    Thanks for your reply I will do this exercise immediately.

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    Default Re: Difficult to understand the fast spelling

    Also, do be shy about asking people to spell their names- English speakers are often asked this because the spelling is so irregular.

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    Default Re: Difficult to understand the fast spelling

    Also, do be shy about asking people to spell their names- English speakers are often asked this because the spelling is so irregular.
    actually this is my problem as well. Sometimes I think I'm so stupid, and I'm scared because Irish people have very strong accent even if I ask them for the second time

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    Default Re: Difficult to understand the fast spelling

    Quote Originally Posted by tangoku View Post
    actually this is my problem as well. Sometimes I think I'm so stupid, and I'm scared because Irish people have very strong accent even if I ask them for the second time
    Don't be..just ask them to repeat, they should understand. If you're currently living there you'll probably get used to the accent soon because you're already training your ear.

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    Default Re: Difficult to understand the fast spelling

    Don't be..just ask them to repeat, they should understand. If you're currently living there you'll probably get used to the accent soon because you're already training your ear.
    I`m working like a night porter -sometimes receptionist during the morning, and when I need to work with a long queue(check in) in front of me and in the same time the phone ringing is very difficult for me understanding properly the spelling specially with the wovels.
    If for example the guest name is AOIFE(irish name) (pronunciation IVA) for me is a nightmare to understand.
    I did your first exercise was very helpful.
    If you have more would be grate. I googled but I found only few in different website. Anyway thank you so much for your help( tell me please, if you have time what kind of mistake I made with the grammar in this post.)

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    Default Re: Difficult to understand the fast spelling

    It's just a matter of listening, the more you practice the better you will become.
    you can ask people to spell their names sometimes, after all we are only human.

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    Default Re: Difficult to understand the fast spelling

    @MASM
    thank you so much for your links. I tried to reply on you in private but I cannot write message in here.
    Anyway thanks a lot to everybody.

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