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‘It’s a little bit leave it’ … Sounds better with glottal stops.

A Liʔʔle Biʔ Leave Iʔ? (ʔ = glottal stop)

This track is chock full of colloquial words and phrases. It’s also a fantastically all-out track performed in an ‘Estuary English’ accent. Estuary is an accent spoken in the southeast of England and it’s growing massively as a key accent at work, play and in the media. Key Estuary features are all over this track. For clarification and detail about Estuary English and the glottal stop, please follow this link to our sister site Pronunciation-Pro UK.

I also love it because I don’t understand some of the expressions myself. Perhaps I’m just not familiar with them. Or perhaps they made some of them up (created them themselves) because they sounded good musically. I see it as an example of the close link between the sounds of a local accent and the sounds of local expressions.

See below for a few interesting local words … Maybe I should jusʔ leave iʔ.

 

ChrisandKemVEVO (Published Oct 2, 2017)

A few of the interesting idiomatic or colloquial words and phrases in the track:

slip – make a mistake

ting – thing (not a standard in Estuary or received pronunciation but more in rap music)

leave it – stop; don’t try; go away

a hater – a social ‘adversary’; a critic; someone who they think envies them 

quick – intelligent

outta – out of (10/10 = ten out of ten; ‘ten outta ten’)

paps – paparazzi

mix with the greats – socialise/network with the famous people in their field (in rap)

off the top of my/your head – spontaneous thinking/speech without pre-planning

mash up – here it means cause chaos in a club or party through by introducing excitement and great energy 

smash up – cause chaos in a club or party through by introducing excitement and great energy 

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Winter/Easter Intensive courses: Adults and Young Learners

Real English: City
Dates: Monday 27 – Friday 31 August 2018

Real English: Intensive19
Dates: Monday 15 – Friday 26 April 2019

Real English: Young Learners and Families
Dates:
18 – 22 February 2019
8 – 19 April 2019

Pronunciation-Pro UK: Weekender
Dates:
Friday 19 – Monday 22 April (the Easter weekend – 4 days)

Real English: Triathlon
Dates: 8-12 April 2019

Real English: Internship 
Dates: Ongoing

 

 

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Next Intensive English courses in August in Cambridge

1.NEW! Pronunciation-Pro UK: The Weekender
Dates: Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th August 2018
Four classes per day of intense pronunciation/accent reduction work + 15 minutes 1-1 personal review/tuition every day
Class 1 (50 minutes): The Workout – Specific sounds (physical creation and development of English sounds: single, collocated and incidental)
Class 2 (50 minutes): Connected Speech
Class 3 (50 minutes): Express Yourself – Expressing intention/emotion/attitude accurately and appropriately in English
Class 4 (50 minutes): Accent Swim – Immersion through mimicking, recording, reviewing and improving accent using authentic films, radio, songs, real interviews and … real people!
Class 5: One-Two-One 20-minutes of 1-1 personal review/tuition for each participant

2.Real English: Intensive18
Dates: Monday 13th – Friday 24th August 2018
Example detailed schedule (last course in May) 
Cambridge1English Real English is an intensive course of twenty 50-minute classes per week, for either one or two weeks accompanied by a rich timetable of trips, activities and events which provide more practice opportunities as well as fun. The schedule is unique in that there is a class every day dedicated to:

-Colloquialisms, slang and phrasal verbs,
-Vocabulary or grammar the way native speakers use it,
-Pronunciation and accent reduction,
-Handling situations.

3.Real English: City
Dates: Monday 27th – Friday 31th August 2018
Day 1: History & geography of Cambridge
Day 2: British culture
Day 3: British education in Cambridge
Day 4: English comedy and joke telling
Day 5: Storytelling and drama in English 

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Real English Greetings

Informal British Real English greetings:
1) Hiya! (Meaning: ‘Hi’)
2) Alright? (Meanings: either ‘Hello!’ or ‘How are you?’)
Common answer 1: I’m alright thanks! Y’alright?
Common answer 2: Alright?’ (Depending on the situation, it can just mean ‘Hi!’ so you don’t need to state if you are okay or not :-))
3) How you doing? (Meaning: How are you?)
4) What’ve you been up to today? (Meaning: What have you been doing today in general)
Common answer: ‘I’ve just been at work … nothing special!’

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Cambridge Real English Intensive: May 17-30th-Schedule

Please come and join in our Cambridge1English Real English intensive course in Cambridge 17th – 30th May. I can’t wait … can you?! 🙂

Have a look at our Schedule!

Book with a friend and both get £100 off!

Cambridge1English Real English is an intensive course of twenty 50-minute classes per week, for either one or two weeks accompanied by a rich timetable of trips, activities and events which provide more practice opportunities as well as fun.

The schedule is unique in that there is a class every day dedicated to:
-Colloquialisms, slang and phrasal verbs,
-Vocabulary or grammar the way native speakers use it,
-Pronunciation and accent reduction,
-Handling situations.

Benefits:
-Maximum group size: 8
-A free audio progress report is provided for each student.
-Visits are arranged to e.g. London, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Ely, various museums/galleries. Special social/cultural events are also organised (visits and events may incur extra costs though we do several free, educational and fun activities around Cambridge too!)

Please note:
-Cambridge1English does not have an academy building – we hire premises.
-Although occasional refreshments are provided by Cambridge1English, accommodation, day-to-day food, transport including airport transport, ticket entry costs and other living expenses are the responsibility of the student.

Contact us to book if you have any questions 🙂

 

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Pronunciation Workout for the Day: Contractions 1

Use contractions e.g. ‘I’m’ (not ‘I am’) and ‘she’s got’ (not ‘she has got’) and transform how natural you sound. This is just a quickie 1-minute recording for you to listen to and repeat. Try recording yourself into your phone and listening back. Compare your pronunciation with the MP3. Check: Are your vowel sounds as powerful?

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Real English: City – one week in January

Real English: City intensive courses provide active and essential English sessions in Cambridge for adults. All the sessions are about British culture and every day there are two indoor sessions and one ‘out and about’ session in the city of Cambridge.

Real English: City is an intensive course of fifteen sessions in one week 10am-3pm. Every day, there are two indoor sessions and one outdoor session in the city of Cambridge (See below).

By the end of each day, you will be able to talk about, express opinions on and show your friends, family and colleagues interesting things regarding Britain, Cambridge and its people. 

-Lots of new vocabulary, expressions and sentences
-Lots of speaking and listening
-Some reading and writing
-Lots of help expressing yourself in discussions
-Even more personal error correction!

-Paper materials containing all the key language from each session are provided to take home

Day 1: History & geography of Cambridge
Day 2: British culture
Day 3: British education in Cambridge
Day 4: English comedy and joke telling
Day 5: Storytelling and drama in English

Free audio progress report!

To see their progress, all students who complete a whole week’s course get a free audio progress report. A 3-4 minute audio recording is recorded at both the start and on completion of the course and an error correction report is provided.

Let’s talk!

Message me to organise a free 20-minute Skype chat to discuss your needs or check out our website for more information about the course, costs and course dates. Sign up a friend too and get 10% off both your course bookings (complete week bookings)!

Real English: City – Day 1

Monday, Jan 23, 2017, 10:00 AM

Eagle Labs Incubator, Barclays Bank, Cambridge CB4 3AZ
28 Chesterton Road Cambridge, GB

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Day 1: History & geography of CambridgeReal English: City is an intensive course of fifteen sessions a week. Every day, there are two indoor sessions and one outdoor session in the city of Cambridge.By the end of each day, you will be able to talk about, express opinions on and show your friends, family and colleagues interesting things regarding…

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