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Lesson 21 | Give me

In this lesson you’ll learn the changes that I make in conversation when I say:

Give me

Let me

Ought to

Let’s get started.

Hello. No, I don’t need any insurance.

No, I don’t need any insurance.

Gimme a break, I don’t need any insurance.

Did you hear it? Give me changed to “gimme.”

Gimme a break!

“Gimme a break!” means “Stop. Leave me alone.”

Let me changes to “Lemme.”

Let me alone!

Lemme alone!

And last, “ought to” means “should.”

It changes to “oughta.”

I ought to call home.

I oughta call home.

Now, listen for these changes.

Listen

Hey, so glad you called.

Gimme a second.

Lemme tellya it’s nice ta hear ya.

We oughta talk more.

Read

Hey, so glad you called.

Gimme a second.

Lemme tellya it’s nice ta hear ya.

We oughta talk more.

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Exercise 1

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For practice, say these sentences slowly.

Gimme a minute ta think.

Gimme a second ta think.

Gimme some time ta think

Gimme your book, please?

Gimme a chance ta talk.

Repeat (Reading)

Now say these sentences quickly.

Gimme a minute ta think.

Gimme a second ta think.

Gimme some time ta think

Gimme your book, please?

Gimme a chance ta talk.

Repeat (Reading)

Now say these sentences quickly using “gimme.”

Will you give me a chance to think?

He didn’t give me his phone number.

If you give me a second, I’ll explain.

She wouldn’t give me a penny.

He’s got to give me more money.

Exercise 2

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As you saw earlier, “let me” can be changed to “lemme” in casual conversation.

Listen to these examples.

Listen

I take my father to a restaurant, and I say,

Lemme pay for the bill.

I spilled her coffee. I said,

Lemme buy ya another one.

I was late and he was angry. I said,

Lemme explain.

Read

Lemme buy ya another one.

Lemme explain.

Lemme pay for the bill.

Exercise 3

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For practice, read these sentences slowly.

Lemme think a minute.

Lemme talk toer.

Lemme buy ya a coke.

Lemme drive ya home.

Lemme borrow yur car.

Repeat (reading)

Now say these sentences quickly for practice.

Lemme think a minute.

Lemme talk toer.

Lemme buy ya a coke.

Lemme drive ya home.

Lemme borrow your car.

Repeat (reading)

Now say these sentences quickly using “lemme.”

He won’t let me talk to her.

He’s going to let me stay at his house.

Are you going to let me come over?

She wouldn’t let me help her.

Let me tell you, it was difficult.

Exercise 4

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As you saw, “ought to” changes to “oughta.”

And it means the same thing as “should.”

I should go home.

I ought to go home.

Listen

Listen for the change in these examples.

I oughta wash the dishes.

I oughta wash the car.

I oughta go jogging.

I oughta walk the dogs.

I oughta go surfing.

Read

Now you try it yourself.

I oughta wash the dishes.

I oughta wash the car.

I oughta go jogging.

I oughta walk the dogs.

I oughta go surfing.

Exercise 5

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For practice, read these sentences slowly.

I oughta save more money.

I oughta talk toer more.

I oughta go home.

I oughta caller now.

I oughta eat better.

Repeat (reading)

Now read these sentences quickly for practice.

I oughta save more money.

I oughta talk toer more.

I oughta go home.

I oughta caller now.

I oughta eat better.

Repeat (reading)

Now say these sentences as you would in conversation.

He ought to know better.

She ought to buy a new car.

They ought to be more careful.

You ought to visit me more.

We ought to go to the concert.

Final Conversation

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Here’s a final conversation, listen for the changes that you learned.

I thought we were leavun now.

Gimme a minute. I gotta find my keys.

You oughta keepum in your pocket.

Lemme think a second, they shoulda been right here.

There they are on the floor, they musta dropped off the table.

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