English idioms and multisyllabic word stress AUDIO training dialog

Eng­lish Mul­ti­syl­la­blic Word Stress and Idioms- Dia­log AUDIO les­son

Late­ly I’ve been work­ing with cus­tomers who want to improve their IELTS score. Mas­ter­ing stress in mul­ti­syl­lab­ic words and use of Eng­lish idioms are impor­tant to include in your Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion prac­tise. Of course, these are impor­tant for any­one want­i­ng to improve their speech clar­i­ty, not just those work­ing towards a bet­ter IELTS score.

Eng­lish Mul­ti­syl­lab­ic Stress and Eng­lish Idioms

One of the key ways to improve your Eng­lish flu­en­cy and to sound more like a native speak­er, is to prac­tise lis­ten­ing to native speak­ers. This is not only so you can attune your ear to Eng­lish, but also so you have a mod­el to lis­ten to and prac­tise mim­ic­k­ing with. As you copy the speak­ers in the train­ing dia­log  below, you need to prac­tise get­ting your mouth used to mov­ing in a more flow­ing way for Eng­lish, (more detailed infor­ma­tion on this can be found here and  here)

Incor­po­rat­ing Eng­lish idioms into your speech also helps peo­ple under­stand you bet­ter. An idiom often saves us hav­ing to use a lot more words to explain some­thing.

In the dia­log below you can prac­tise Eng­lish mul­ti­syl­lab­ic word stress, rhythm, phras­ing and idioms all at once. You will find the text and idioms below the train­ing dia­log.


A. Excuse me but I can’t seem to find the Mys­tic Chron­i­cles vol­ume 3. I’ve looked sev­er­al times on the shelf where it’s sup­posed to be, but it’s not there and it’s real­ly impor­tant I get my hands on a copy. Could you help me please?

B. That’s fun­ny. You’re the 2nd per­son today to come in here look­ing for that vol­ume. In all the years I’ve worked here, no- one has ever aked me for that, and today I’ve been asked twice. To tell you the truth, I didn’t even know we had it in the first place, but you’re right it says we’re sup­posed to have 2 copies right here!
Any­way, what’s it about?

A. It’s a chron­i­cle of…… Hang on what’s that? Look there’s some­thing at the back of the shelf!

B. It looks like some sort of note. I’ll just get it. Wow. That looks like it’s been around a while to say the least! It’s cov­ered in dust and what’s this paper? Well will you look at that! No it can’t be. It’s made of parch­ment.

A. Yeh. That’d be right, the chron­i­cle deals with all these ancient teach­ings. It must’ve fall­en out when the book was tak­en.
Maybe the note’ll  impart some amaz­ing, old world, mys­ti­cal teach­ing that we’ve for­got­ten in our mate­ri­al­is­tic mod­ern times!
Open the note and see what it says!

B. Ok here goes.  It says , ‘haha,  beat you to it!

Eng­lish Idioms and Com­mon Phras­es

to get my hands on…   to man­age to find or obtain some­thing
to tell you the truth… to be frank / strait­for­ward (not con­ceal­ing any­thing -used espe­cial­ly when mak­ing an admis­sion).
hang on. wait; wait a minute
been around awhile.. com­mon phrase mean­ing: it’s been there for a long time

to say the least… com­mon phrase mean­ing: used as an under­state­ment (imply­ing the real­i­ty is more extreme, usu­al­ly worse). 
will you look at that!… rhetor­i­cal ques­tion or inter­jec­tion used to var­i­ous­ly com­ment on some­thing sur­pris­ing, frus­trat­ing, puz­zling, or entic­ing as well as some­thing cyn­i­cal­ly expect­ed or counter to one’s expec­ta­tions.  

beat you to it… suc­ceed in doing some­thing or get­ting some­where before some­one else.

Mul­ti­syl­lab­ic word stress

Make sure you are copy­ing the audio train­ing aloud, and stress­ing and de-stress­ing (the rhythm) the same syl­la­bles as the peo­ple in the dia­log. Also mim­ic the same melody/ into­na­tion and phras­ing.
I will list the words you need to pay par­tic­u­lar atten­tion to:

sev­er­al ( the sec­ond ‘e’ is omit­ted)
sup­posed (the ‘o’ is stressed and the ‘u’ is de-stressed)
impor­tant (the ‘a’ is de-stressed said as a schwa vow­el)
per­son ( the ‘o’ is de – stressed)
cov­ered ( the ‘o’ says ‘u’)
some­thing (the ‘o’ says ‘u’)
ancient ( the ‘a’ is stressed ; the ‘ci’ says ‘sh’)
fall­en ( the ‘e’ becomes a schwa sound)
tak­en ( the ‘e’ becomes de-stressed/a schwa sound
mate­ri­al­is­tic ( the ‘er’ is held long as the main stressed syl­la­ble; the two ‘a’ sounds are de-stressed)
mys­ti­cal ( the ‘y’ says ‘i’ and the ‘a’ is de-stressed)
for­got­ten ( the ‘e’ is a schwa vow­el) 

Good prac­tis­ing. Best wish­es, Esther

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