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    #1

    words I want to understand in a TV show

    I'm writing to find out what is said
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bIMTXETPJo&t=1624s

    at 0:22
    The tree ??? on the first December and gets taken down...

    at 0:46-0:48
    He ??? a sandwich to you.

    at 1:17-1:19
    We've gone to so jeffer???. Just been t... me ignored.

    Thank you.
    It's pleasure but a challenge to learn spoken English with TV shows.
    Last edited by Alimdul; 20-Feb-2017 at 19:48.

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    #2

    Re: words I want to understand in a TV show

    You forgot to give a link to the show you're talking about.

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    #3

    Re: words I want to understand in a TV show

    Quote Originally Posted by Alimdul View Post
    I'm writing to find out what is said
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bIMTXETPJo&t=1624s

    at 0:22
    The tree will go up on the first December and gets taken down...

    at 0:46-0:48
    He ??? a sandwich to you.
    You don't want a sandwich, do you?


    at 1:17-1:19
    We've gone to so jeffer???. Just been t... me ignored.
    We've gone to such effort.... (We've) just been totally ignored.

    Thank you.
    It's pleasure but a challenge to learn spoken English with TV shows.
    Understanding the English accents in the video is a bit of a challenge for this American. See transcriptions above.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: words I want to understand in a TV show

    I know that the most common reasons why we (non-natives) fail to figure out what is said are items we haven't known so far and just blending the sounds and inability to feel the boundaries between words. It's perfectly proved with the example of "to such an effort". I suggested it might have been an unfamiliar word and even looked up in a dictionary. But in fact most people speak simple on daily bases.
    I really appreciate all your help.

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    Re: words I want to understand in a TV show

    Quote Originally Posted by Alimdul View Post
    I know that the most common reasons reason why we (non-natives) fail to figure out what is said are ​is that there are items words we haven't known come across so far ​before; and we just blending the sounds and because of our inability to feel the boundaries between words. It's perfectly proved with the example of "to such an effort". I suggested thought it might have been an unfamiliar word and even looked it up in a dictionary. But in The fact is that most people speak simply on a daily bases basis.
    I really appreciate all your help.
    Note my corrections above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: words I want to understand in a TV show

    Thank you for your corrections. I'm sorry that my mistakes led to misunderstanding of what I meant. I'll try again.

    In most cases it's not an insufficient vocabulary that prevents me from getting aware of what I hear but pronunciation. In terms of "such effort" I know every word in this group, however the consonant assimilation at word boundaries makes them to have a different pronunciation from that they have said by themselves. I can hear -dj- sound in between and this confuses me.
    So I guess people either fail to understand spoken English because they haven't come across a word before or they can't distinguish separate words in a cluster. And this second reason is of my current interest.

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    #7

    Re: words I want to understand in a TV show

    Quote Originally Posted by Alimdul View Post
    Thank you for your corrections. I'm sorry that my mistakes led to a misunderstanding of what I meant. I'll try again.

    In most cases it's not an insufficient vocabulary that prevents me from getting aware of understanding what I hear. but pronunciation. In terms the case of "such effort," I know every word in that group. However, the consonant assimilation (?) at word boundaries makes them to have a different pronunciation...
    Grammar may also play a role in why non-natives have such a hard time understanding spoken English. I didn't fix the whole passage but as you can see, you made quite a few grammatical mistakes in such short sentences. I believe as you improve your grammar skills, no doubt you will understand spoken English much better.

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