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1-C) What's your name? Can you spell it? (Real English) UNIT 1 lesson C

Learn how to ask names and how to spell them. The second part of the video repeats the first part but adding subtitles.

On this video you will often here the question "Could you spell it?". This question is the same as "Can you spell it?" but more polite. Also, notice that in English very often we get this rule: D+Y= /dʒ/, so "could you" usually sounds like "koojoo".

On the video list below you'll find more videos practising this lesson. Go and listen to the question WHAT'S YOUR NAME? in the real world. Pay attention and see if you can hear the question. Notice that most of the times we just say "what your name", and we mix the T and the Y into a "ch" sound:
T+Y= /tʃ/ --> whaT + Your = "wacha"

 


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Remember that questions beginning with WH- (like this question) start with a high pitch but then usually fall down.
Wh-questions have a falling intonation.

On the video they sometimes ask this question with a rising intonation. In that case it sounds sensual, but it may also sound stupid, like if you think the other person is silly. So be safe, always use the falling intonation.

On the other hand, questions beginning with a verb (like "Can you spell it?") have a rising intonation.

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