273 Answered Questions for the topic speech


Which are the most common Latin words/phrases used in spoken English?

Please, specify American/British Engilsh! I think these below are very common but I have no idea if they are commonly used in spoken English. ad hoc per se a priori de facto ergo et... more
Speech Esl/esol Meaning


What is the difference between "sip" and "drink" verbs?

Title says it all. What is the difference? As I understand - "to sip" means the same as "to drink" but slowly. Are there any other aspects for choosing between them?


Is there a list of English words where some of their letters can be replaceed with Greek letters?

Is there a list of English words where some of their letters can be replaceed with Greek letters? for example the word `Archive` can be written as `arXve`, where `X` is the Greek letter `chi`.


Is there a term for the linguistic phenomenon where a word in a sentence describes the sentence itself instead of just the elements in the sentence?

I'm thinking specifically of they way words like "frankly" are sometimes used in modern English. Take the sentence: "His speech was uninhibited, unprepared, and *frankly* insulting to half of his... more

I know "of" sounds like "ov". Does "I've" sound like "If"?

I was studying connected speech and I read when we say for example >I've finished my homework we pronounce the *'ve* and *f* in *finished* as only one sound. Is it only in this case or... more


Is "Where do you sit?" correct for asking someone where their workspace is?

At work, if I had to ask someone where exactly they worked, as in where their workspace/cubicle is, what should I say? Is "where do you sit?" the usual thing to say? I'm from India and hear this... more
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Meaning Of "Wrapped Around My Finger" and "See Ya When I See Ya"?

Will you help me to understand the meaning of these phrases? > Wrapped around my finger and > See ya when I see ya


Is 'very' with a noun colloquial?

I know that we can use `very + noun` to indicate the precision, particularity. Once I wrote this sentence: > I felt like I was with my very family. My teacher said this sound very colloquial,... more


Is "neither I" grammatically correct?

I'm just trying to figure out if "neither I" is grammatically correct as a standalone statment (in spoken English).
Speech Esl/esol Time


How are 24-hour (military) times read aloud?

I understand you read 2000 aloud as *twenty hundred hours* and 0000 as *zero hours*. How then do you read 0001 and 0010?


Difference between "asleep" and "sleeping"?

I know *asleep* and *sleeping* are interchangeable in many cases. But in these situations, I am not sure. I read stories to my son after he went to bed. After reading the stories, I stayed for... more
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Directing a negative statement to someone that is actually intended for the speaker itself?

In spoken English, sometimes people address the audience but in fact, they mean themselves. An example: > You haven't been attacked and fearful for your life and remained > optimistic the... more


Are there times where "wanna" sounds weird in everyday speech?

To illustrate: > She wants to try the new ice cream. > > She wanna try the new ice cream. Are both equally common in everyday speech? What's an example where "wanna" would sound weird... more


Are some accents/dialects incorrect?

I may not be incorrect in my knowledge about speech, but Dialects or accents that drop sounds from words, syllables from words, or just completely change the sound from words are they correct? I... more


Can you be a native speaker in two languages?

I was not born in an English-speaking country, but since birth, my mom spoke to me in one language and my dad another. It was and still is a bit of a mishmash, but I started kindergarten in... more
Speech History Esl/esol


Did people actually talk like they do in Pride and Prejudice?

The characters in *Pride and Prejudice* seem to speak in a way that is very distinct from most contemporary anglophones. Among the major unique features are: * Richer vocabulary * Readiness to use... more

And yet we're meant to be educating them for it. What does this mean?

I was watching a TED video and didn’t get a few of the sentences. I hope someone can explain them to me. > So I have a big interest in education, and I think we all do. We have a huge vested... more
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Alternative expressions to 'you have to trust me''?

In novels, movies etc. especially when someone asks or tells to do something rather risky, new etc. they say 'you have to trust me' which sounds a bit *dramatic* to me. What alternatives for this... more


Alternative expressions for "Our university is strong in [medicine, languages, social sciences, etc.]"?

This is in the context of a university president verbally promoting the departments in his university which are nationally or internationally competitive. One way, although I admit it is a bit... more

Are there any rules for missing words in English questions or affirmative statements?

In some sentences we don't use some words: For example: 1. Instead of: "Do you want a ride?" We say: "Want a ride?" 2. Instead of: "I'm just coming. Hang on!" We say: "Just coming.... more


How many "monophthongs" are there in RP? Do all the varieties of spoken English in the UK have the same number?

>A monophthong is a pure vowel sound. The monophthongs can be contrasted with diphthongs, where the vowel quality changes within the same syllable, and hiatus, where two vowels are next to each... more

Can we say "There should be any problem for Adam to eat that apple"?

> There should be any problem for Adam to eat that apple. Is this a proper sentence? The use of *any* here seems to be an issue. For example it seems fine in sentences like: - I couldn't... more


How can I improve my pronunciation?

I've left high school and we don't study English at University and I feel that I haven't learnt to pronounce at all yet. What habits or routines can I do to speak better and fluent? Thank you so... more


How can we distinguish "uptalk" from a real question?

**uptalk** or **high rising terminals** is an intonation pattern where declarative statements occur with yes/no question intonation. >"It is used when the speaker is establishing common ground... more

Can I vs "May I"?

You may have heard the argument "it's not **can** I go to the bathroom, it's **may** I." If this is true, then any question such as *"can you get me a glass of water?"* could have the same... more

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