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Lesson 15 | Your his her

Next you’ll learn a number of small changes with the possessive words,

your

his

her

These are small pronunciation changes, but you’ll need to know them to understand spoken English easily.

Listen to these sentences for the changes.

Where is your car?

Where’s yur car? yur car

Is this his coat?

Is this iscoat? Iscoat

She needs her purse.

She needs erpurse. Erpurse.

“Your” changes to the “yur” sound.

“His” becomes “is.”

“Her” changes to “er.”

Here, listen to this sentence for the change to “your.”

Listen

I gavim yur book.

I gavim yur book.

Read

I gavim yur book.

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Exercise 1

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Read these sentences quickly changing “your” to “yur.”

I like yur cat.

I like yur hat.

I like yur shoes.

I like yur iPod.

I like yur drawing.

Repeat (reading)

Now ask these questions quickly.

Where’s yur cat.

Where’s yur hat.

Where’s yur shoes.

Where’s yur iPod.

Where’s yur drawing.

Exercise 2

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Listen to these sentences said quickly, then repeat them slowly and clearly.

Doya have yur wallet?

Is that yur coat?

Areya gunna take yur car?

Ya hafta bring yur friend.

Ya wanna leave yur book here?

Repeat fast (listening)

Now read these sentences and say them quickly using the changes you’ve learned.

Do you have your wallet?

Is that your coat?

Are you going to take your car?

You have to bring your friend.

Do you want to leave your book here?

Exercise 3

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When speaking quickly, you can also change the word “his” to “is.”

Listen closely.

I gavim isbook.

I gavim isbook.

Now listen to these examples.

Listen

I gavim isiPod.

I gavim isiPad.

I gavim iscamera.

I gavim isglasses.

I gavim ismoney.

Read

Now you try it, read theses questions quickly making the change.

I gavim isiPod.

I gavim isiPad.

I gavim iscamera.

I gavim isglasses.

I gavim ismoney.

Exercise 4

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When speaking quickly, you can also shorten the word “her” to “er.”

Listen closely.

She’s ridun erhorse.

She’s ridun erhorse.

Now listen to these examples.

Listen

She’s waitun fer erlesson.

She’s wearun ersunglasses

She’s wearun erboots.

She’s gettun on erhorse.

She’s ridun erhorse.

Read

Now you try it, read theses sentences quickl.

She’s waitun fer erlesson.

She’s wearun ersunglasses

She’s wearun erboots.

She’s gettun on erhorse.

She’s ridun erhorse.

Exercise 5

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Read and repeat these sentences first slowly and then quickly for practice.

Is that her hat? Is that erhat?

Are you going to giver your money? Areya gunna giver urmoney?

Have you seen his dog? Haveya seen isdog?

Have you played on her team? Haveya played on erteam?

Have you met his wife? Haveya met iswife?

Repeat (listening)

Now say these sentences quickly making the changes that you’ve learned.

Is that her hat?

Are you going to give her your money?

Have you seen his dog?

Have you played on her team?

Have you met his wife?

In casual conversation, you must be able to speak slowly and clearly and speak quickly using the changes that you’ve learned here.

Say these sentences slowly and then quickly.

Does she have her helmet on?

Dshi have erhelmet on?

Which one is his dog?

Which one is isdog?

Where is your horse?

Where’s yur horse?

Can you take off your boots?

Kinya take off yur boots?

Could you help her with her hair?

Couldja helper with erhair?

Exercise 6

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Here’s one last funny change that you might hear. It’s a change that’s made to commands that end with T, such as “get.”

For example, say you want a person to take their feet off the table.

You might give the order:

Get your feet off the table.

However, when speaking quickly, I would change “Get your” to say “Getcher.”

Listen

Getcher feet off the table.

“Get your” becomes “getcher.”

Listen

Getcher books off the floor.

Getcher shoes off the table.

Getcher money from him.

Getcher work done on time.

Getcher car worked on soon.

Whenever a word ends in T followed by the word “your,” you may hear the “cher” sound.

Repeat

Repeat these sentences that begin with “Put your,” but speak them quickly and say, “Putcher.”

Putcher coat on the bed.

Putcher papers on the desk.

Putcher car in the back.

Putcher things in my room.

Putcher dog outside.

Listen to these examples.

He bought your car.

He boughtcher car.

He threw it at your head.

He threw it atcher head.

He’s got your books.

He’s gotcher books.

This may be a less common change, but now you’ll know it when you hear it.

Comment

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Next, let’s talk about change to the word “their.” I think this is not a common change, not all people say it. However, you might hear the sound “air” instead of “their.”

Listen

I gave them their books.

I gavum airbooks.

Did you hear the word “their” shorten to “air?”

Because I don’t believe this change is common, we won’t practice it here. But you may hear it occasionally.

Final Conversation

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

Hi, whatdya wanna do taday?

I don’t know, ya gotcher car?

Yeah.

Kin we go listen ta John and isnew band?

Do I knowum?

The band is named after isdog.

Fat Mike? The band’s name is Fat Mike?

Yep. John loves it. It was isidea.

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