This video is an imitation exercise, where you’ll hear fragments of English conversation on a loop. What can you learn about English when you hear it this way? Repeat exactly what you hear, match it as much as you can. Pay attention to the linking and the melody of the voice. It’s really just music!
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In this American English pronunciation video, I’m going to talk about Thanksgiving with my friend Sara.
And some of them probably aren’t right. So, if we can get you to hear American English in a new way, it’s a good thing. Don’t be so worried about what you’re saying, but think more about the pitches that you’re hearing, the rhythm that you’re hearing, and try to imitate that exactly. You’ll hear each phrase three times, then there will be a small pause for you to repeat. Everybody, you know my friend Sara.
She’s been in some videos before. [Sara, what is your favorite Thanksgiving memory?]
Um, my favorite Thanksgiving memory is when [my whole family, all my sisters] and their husbands…
[She has three sisters and one brother.] It’s a lot of people.
That’s a lot. [A couple years ago we got together]
[for my parents’ fortieth wedding anniversary], and so we [had Thanksgiving and had a good time together.]
Um, and every year I’m near my dad for Thanksgiving, I have to watch out because he likes to
[get involved in whatever I’m trying to cook.] Oh. [He tries to take over?]
Yes. So, that brings me to my next question:
which is, [what is your favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving?] Um, [my favorite thing is cranberry sauce, I love it.]
Love it too. [It goes with lots of things.]
So Rachel, [what are you doing for Thanksgiving this year?] Well, [for Thanksgiving on Thursday],
[I’m actually not planning on doing anything]. [I’m probably going to do a lot of video editing]
[for Rachel’s English. Gonna work.] [The reason why I’m doing that is because]
[on Friday I’m going up to Massachusetts], [and we’re going to have Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday.]
[Some friends that I used to live with when I lived in Boston.] [So I’m still getting Thanksgiving,] [just not on Thanksgiving Day.]
[Will you make anything?] [I am going to make a corn casserole.] [It’s been requested.]
[Apparently, I make a very memorable corn casserole.] Thanks so much Sara for being in my video.
And happy Thanksgiving to everybody out there. That’s, it, and thanks so much for using Rachel’s English.
My question for you is: what’s your favorite thing to eat for Thanksgiving, or your favorite Thanksgiving memory?
Leave a comment below the YouTube video. Or, better yet, record your answer and post it as a video response.
Next week, I’ll put a link to my favorite video response at the end of my new video. Don’t stop there. Keep learning with my fun American English in Real Life playlist, my Reduction and Linking playlist, or any of the playlists on my channel. And don’t forget to check out Rachel’s English.com, where there’s lots more to work with.