Pronunciation: The sound /s/


Hi, I’m Tim and this is my pronunciation workshop.
Here, I’m gonna show you how English is really spoken. It’ll help you become a better listener
and a more fluent speaker. Come on, let’s go inside. Now, do you know my star sign? Of course you don’t, I don’t even know my star sign. I don’t
believe in any of that rubbish. But I know someone who does. Say hello to my twin, Tom. Hi Hi Tom Oh, hi Tim. Now, Tom, do you know what our star sign is? Well, I don’t know about your star sign Tim, but I’m a
Gemini. Thanks Tom, you can go now. You’re welcome. Bye. You know when I think of Tom, and the fact
that I got the brains and the good looks, it makes me feel a bit like this.
Oh, I’ve got an idea. I can use this to help with this week’s topic. Let’s ask the people
of London what they think of this photo. How many ‘s’ s are there in the words ‘he
looks sad’. Two, right. But how many can you hear? Watch again. When one word ends in a /s/ sound and the
next word begins in /s/, we don’t pronounce both sounds, nor do we pronounce just one
sound. Instead they come together to make a slightly longer ‘s’ sound. So, ‘he looks
sad’ becomes ‘he lookssad’. This is called ‘twinning’ or gemination. It helps the words
flow more fluently from one to the other in everyday speech. Here are some more examples: Right, so you’ve heard the examples, and now
it’s your turn. Are you ready to start? Listen and repeat. How did you get on? Great. Remember, you
can always read more about this topic on our website, That’s all
from the workshop for now. See you next week. Bye bye. Oh, Tim, I’ve got it! If I’m Gemini and you’re
my twin, then you must be Virgo! He really is stupid.

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30 thoughts on “Pronunciation: The sound /s/”

  1. Hải Đăng says:

    great !!

  2. Ngoc Lai says:


  3. Denise Maria Branquinho says:

    you really must be an actor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fantastic job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Paolo El says:

    Tim's such a charming teacher and his lessons are just lovely. Thanks BBC 😉

  5. Constantin Kubrakov says:

    The best workshop!

  6. Paolo El says:

    And these pronunciation videos are just great! I'm hoping for many more!

  7. nani hamza says:

    Thank you so much… really it is helpful while speaking, or listening to native speakers.

  8. Rio says:

    It's very difficult for me to listen to the phrase "That's so unfair". It's like " the so unfair".

  9. Danny gf says:

    Poor Tom; ugly, dumb and creepy Tom 😂😂

  10. Meiga e Brava says:

    it's too obvious ! 😒

  11. Fray Martinez says:

    Excelent work Tim

  12. Stand with ISOF says:


  13. Romany Yousef says:

    Amazing! more videos please

  14. uma says:

    Wow! Thanks for the subtitles!!! Tim is so adorable!XD

  15. Hoàng Huy Nguyễn says:

    thanks Tim, that is useful. I hope to see more video from you.

  16. Mihael Mao says:

    but Tom is also cute😍😘💋

  17. Blackdepp says:

    you're really doing a good job here

  18. Bill Cipher says:

    Is Tom real? Or Tom is just Tim?

  19. doris molero says:

    Why does Tim make fun of poor Tom? I like this lesson very much but making fun or a slower brother is bad.. It makes feel a little bit like this.. :(. I was going to twitter this to my students but the joke on a slower thinker is not a good lesson..

  20. Lu Lu says:

    why he's and is can be connected with /s/ sound which end in an /z/ sound. By the way what's the difference between RP accent and Posh accent,they sound similar to me.

  21. ZHANG QIQI says:

    he is soooo funny

  22. Лилия Шарая says:

    Poor Tom…

  23. Ana Rodriguez says:

    you are so charming.

  24. J. C. says:

    When one word ends in a /s/ sound and the next word begins in /s/, we don't pronounce both sounds.

    Look at the following examples mentioned in this video:
    She's silly.
    He's sitting over there.

    But "she's" and "he's" end in a /z/ sound, not a /s/ sound.

  25. Sudhir Bajwa says:

    add more videos of tim he is a great teacher. can I have a words with TIM

  26. Miss Angel says:

    Perfect 👌

  27. Hoàng Kim Việt says:

    What I learnt from this video:
    – Nouns: Twinning, gemination

  28. Ax V3r says:

    eeee creepy twin you have

  29. RBQITEC says:

    1:01 As a Gemini, I'm offended

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