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Lesson 14 | Him her them

Next you’ll learn some small pronunciation changes that are very common in conversation. These changes are made with the words

him

her

them

These are small pronunciation changes, but very common. Knowing them will help you understand what is being said to you quickly.

Listen to this sentence for the change to “him.”

I gave the book to him.

I gave the book toim.

Instead of saying,

I gave the book to him.

I said,

I gave the book toim.

Here, listen to these sentences for the change.

I gavim the book.

I gavim the book.

The words “him” change to the “im” sound.

Listen

Haveya seenim?

Read

Haveya seenim?

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Exercise 1

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Listen for the change to “him.”

Can you see him drumming?

Kinya seeim drumming?

“See him” changes to “seeim.”

Kinya seeim drumming?

For practice, read these sentences slowly changing “him” to “im.”

I gavim the book.

I gavim the money.

I gavim the ticket.

I gavim the check.

I gavim the car.

Repeat (reading)

Now repeat these sentences quickly.

I gavim the book.

I gavim the money.

I gavim the ticket.

I gavim the check.

I gavim the car.

Exercise 2

play video

Read and repeat these questions slowly using the change for practice.

Haveya seenim?

Haveya talked toim?

Haveya calledim?

Haveya worked withim?

Haveya met withim?

Repeat (listening)

Now repeat these questions quickly.

Have you seen him?

Have you talked to him?

Have you called him?

Have you worked with him?

Have you met with him?

Exercise 3

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Similarly, you can change the word “her” to the sound “er.”

Listen to this closely.

I gaver the book.

I gaver the book.

Now listen to this example.

I talked toer yesterday.

I talked toer yesterday.

Listen

I gaver the book.

I gaver the money.

I gaver the ticket.

I gaver the check.

I gaver the car.

Read

Now you try it, read theses sentences quickly.

I gaver the book.

I gaver the money.

I gaver the ticket.

I gaver the check.

I gaver the car.

Exercise 4

play video

Read and repeat these sentences slowly using the change for practice.

Dya seer?

Kinya seer?

Haveya seener?

Don’t talk toer.

Kinya finder?

Repeat (listening)

Now repeat these sentences quickly.

Dya seer?

Kinya seer?

Haveya seener?

Don’t talk toer.

Kinya finder?

Exercise 5

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Do you seeum in front of the wax museum?

Seeum?

When spoken quickly the word “them” changes to the “um” sound.

Listen

Do you seeum in front of the wax museum?

Seeum?

Do you see them by the aquarium?

Doya seeum by the aquarium?

Have you seem them?

Haveya seenum?

Exercise 6

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Here, listen to the pronunciation of the word “them.”

Listen

I sawum by the elephant.

I sawum on the bench.

I sawum near the gorilla.

I sawum walkun with coffee.

I sawum walkun ta the car.

Read

Now you try it, read theses sentences quickly.

I sawum by the elephant.

I sawum on the bench.

I sawum near the gorilla.

I sawum walkun with coffee.

I sawum walkun ta the car.

Exercise 7

play video

Read and repeat these sentences slowly using the change for practice.

Haveya seenum?

Haveya talked toum?

Haveya calledum?

Haveya worked withum?

Haveya met withum?

Repeat (listening)

Now repeat these sentences quickly.

Have you seen them?

Have you talked to them?

Have you called them?

Have you worked with them?

Have you met with them?

Listen

Read these sentences and say them once slowly and once quickly, making the changes that you’ve learned.

Have you seen her?

Haveya seener?

Would you lend him twenty dollars?

Wouldja lendim twenty dollars?

Have you seen them anywhere?

Haveya seenum anywhere?

Are you going to give it to her today?

Areya gunna give it toer taday?

I told him not to do that.

I toldim not ta do that.

Final Conversation

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Okay, listen to this conversation for the changes that you’ve learned.

HI, I saw Claire. Haveya talked toer?

No, why?

Oh, she lost her books and she’s lookin ferum.

I foundum near the TV. They’re here.

Okay, kinya caller and teller?

Okay, no problem.

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