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Do native speakers pronounce “found the remark” without the “the”?

Haley found the remark disrespectful and felt she couldn't keep quiet, the sources said. I heard someone read this, and I can hardly hear "the" between "found" and "remark".
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Why does spell sound like “|sbel|” while in dictionary it is “|spel|”?

I listened to the pronunciation of spell in Wiktionary, and it sounds to me that it's pronounced as |sbel|—it sounds to me very clearly as a b sound. But in dictionaries, such as my Mac dictionary ...
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Pronunciation difference between “I walk to” and “I walked to”?

In order to understand what I listen, I'm trying to catch differences between "I walk to" and "I walked to" but I can't catch any difference. How can I distinguish that sounds?
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Meaning of “Last time I checked…”

I've been learning English with movie trailers. I can't understand what he said in "Hitman: Agent 47" at 0:43. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=U2VDZsUoAXk#t=42 Before ...
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Is this a trick? Or too difficult?

I am now practicing a TOEFL listening section with a textbook. Now, given such a kind of information like below, Well, I'm a member of the drama club and we are going to on tour two weeks from now....
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Usage of “hack into”

I am watching news from nbr.com I am confused about the usage of "hack into" Nightly Business Report - 12m25s According to the transcript at 12m25s, MATHISEN says: " ...do we know anything more ...
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Does the professor say “under the six” or anything else?

At 31:50 in the video, the professor said "It is under the six. It is absolutely impractical." And later at 31:54 he told a joke where he also mentioned "under the six". But I have searched the google ...
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How to improve listening/speaking if learned mostly by reading/writing? [closed]

My first language is Spanish and I learned English mostly by reading/writing in academics and professional context but few listening and speaking practice. I got a job abroad and after 2 months I ...
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How to overcome comprehending the words we don't know while listening

Well, It happens to me time to time while listening musics, the singer uses some words I have no clue beforehand, So I was looking for a solution to tackle this. I listen to rap musics mostly, and the ...
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What does she exactly say?

Man: Oh, God! Did you....um...Did you set the alarm before we left? Woman: Yes, the last thing I did! Man: No, I was the last one to leave. I was the last one to leave and I'm sure I didn'...
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What does “Rx accounts” mean?

Here's an audio file. In number three (1:25) a woman seems to be speaking to her secretary. From what I understand she says: Also could you bring the file on the Rx accounts? According to Oxford ...
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Does listening to English learning clips help to improve “Listening” skill?

I want to improve my listening skill in order to understand speaking of native English speakers. For this I have searched in the Internet and Youtube clips and finally figured out listening to ...
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What did Gary Delaney say here?

Here is the clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJK_yWFR5UM&feature=youtu.be&t=16m02s He said, "Her mum agrees to help out, just like ...". I cannot make out what he said here. It sounds to ...
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This pyramid must be centuries and thousands, even, of years old

Here's a subtitle of the TV drama "Sesame Street: Bert and Ernie in a Pyramid". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yiqGtZXCmQ 0:22 Burt: Yeah, look at the knowledge here. This pyramid must be ...
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I can't understand what they said, please help. “Counting Stars” by copy band three guys

I studied English with pop songs. Recently, I like to listen the song "counting stars" by three copy band guys But I can't understand what they said perfectly after about 3:24. Somebody help me, ...
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Movies and Songs are my listening troubles

I have almost no problem to understand English speech or radio talk and I can communicate with native speakers with no problem but surprisingly I can't recognize the words in movies and songs. I've ...
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I'm fluent in English, but I can't understand names of people and places

Ok, this is a tough one to put into words, so bear with me for a moment please. It is actually the first time I'm writing this down, and it is very difficult to explain. Long story short, I've been ...
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How would different verbal emphasis in spoken English change the meaning of these sentences?

What is the meaning of verbal emphasis in Spoken English? For example, the difference between the following three sentences and how emphasis changes the semantics? I love you. I love you. I love you....
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How is it, Kirby?

I'm watching an old TV show on youtube: COMBAT! s.2 ep.3: "Masquerade" (1963) I wonder what they are exactly and literally saying from 0:26 to 0:48. All I can hear and comprehend is that: 0:...
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What are the transcripts at 2:23 and 2:31 in this Tonight Show clip?

What does Chris Evans said at 2:23 and 2:31 in this Tonight Show clip "Chris Evans Is Starting to Speak Like His Toddler Nephew"? begin here at 2:15 What I heard are: 2:23 for nature 2:31 You just ...
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“Your position” or “their position”

On this audio file, at 1:25, shouldn't it be their position? Source: The ILI English Series, Intermediate 2, Page 87
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Could someone help me about this hearing : sanctions resolution has/have

Could someone help me about this hearing? From 0:24~,she ( the U.S ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power ) is saying “This resolution, if it passes, is nearly unprecedented in many ...
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The vowel in Bulge

Is the vowel in bulge a Short U? Here's a recording from a movie. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/83182336/your%20undereye%20vein%20is%20bulging.wav your under eye vein is bulging ...
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How to improve my listening skill? [closed]

I'm a developer, I want to use English to communicate with customers, but I don't speak fluently and with confidence, and my listening skill is very bad. I want to improve my listening skill, I've ...
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Problem listening to foreign accents [closed]

From the beginning I had some problems listening to foreign accents. Like when someone from my native country (India) speaks English I understand it at once, but if someone from a foreign country ...
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How to ask people to speak slowly so they really speak slowly?

I'm learning English for many years, and I use English at work. Some clients I cannot understand. I ask them to speak slowly. They do, but then they speak quickly again. My bigger problem is talking ...
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It's hard to listen to contractions or short forms

I'm trying to enhance my English listening, but I'm facing an issue. It's hard to understand the short forms like I'd, it's, and I've. I always hear these short forms as one sound, and in any of the ...
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I can't understand the sentence from this video

This is the video : Video (from 3:47 to 3:58) The question for the homework is: What was the only flaw of the design of The Globe?
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What does Ann Margret say, “Oh, dream maker” or “Old dream maker” in the song “Moon River”?

The song "Moon River" has been sung by many singers. I particularly like Ann Margret's version. There are several videos on YouTube with this version; one of them is at this link. You can easily find ...
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Understanding English (Listening skills)

I've been trying to improve my listening skills for about 9 months. I realized that I can understand "BBC Radio 4 extra" very well (especially the drama), but I find it's hard to understand "CNN" and ...
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listening problem about linking

In the video on Youtube at 0:16, the speaker seemed forget to read out "and", I only hear "liked a challenging came up", rather than speak "liked a challenge and came up"? More examples like 0:05, I ...
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What is he saying in this video ( time frame 18-22 sec)?

I am watching Liam Gallagher and I am trying to translate all he's sayinng but I am not too sure what is he saying in the 18-22second I think he is saying " Should I tell you what get on my thinkings?...
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What did they say in this ad?

I am unable to make out what the actress said in this AAMI Insurance Ad: Prove who's the better driver! #driverduels (Before the other actor said "What are the chances?") I would appreciate if anyone ...
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Another brick in the wall part 2 - teacher or teachers? [closed]

I have a question about the song: Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 2 Pink Floyd I've been looking for the original lyrics but I can't find them. In GooglePlay music the lyrics are the following: https:/...
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Is there difference between the pronunciation of “tried to” and that of “try to”?

I have been studying English with pop songs. And now the song is "Ariana Grande - Break Free ft. Zedd " She sings "tried to (hide it)", that sounds to me "/trάɪ də .../" https://www.youtube.com/...
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Word pronounced “fund-ries” in Australian English

This is probably best suited to the dedicated chatroom, but unfortunately I don’t have enough rep to enter it. There’s a word that I don’t understand in a formal speech in a youtube video. The word ...
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Sickest Tango?? Or Six to Ten Tango? Or Six to Ten to Go?

I hope you are living good days every day. I am sorry, could someone help me about the probable term on the title ( which I am trying to post on my blog ). While I am listening to this, From 4:20~, ...
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Does she say “nodding off” or “nodding no”?

During this clip, at 1:24 is she saying I went from nodding no to nodding yes... Or does she say "nodding off"? Because I don't think you can nod no, can you?
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How to distinguish “steal” from “steel”?

These two words have the same transcription [stiːl]. How to know which one of them had been told, considering the fact that both of them could be a noun or a verb? For example: I want to steel it. ...
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IBM Tree Huggers Commercial

I'm trying to write down this IBM TV commercial. Would you please help me complete it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSNFE6eUjfY ------------ your green proposal. Great. It's fine, just fine. I'm ...
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Transcript error in “which are really amazing for reading books”?

Here's a video transcript from VOA news. http://www.voanews.com/content/apple-introduces-two-bigger-more-powerful-iphone-models/2444114.html 00:24 "I think there's a lot of people that got big-...
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What is said exactly in the video?

I watched a funny video Mufasa x Hypeman spreading good vibes around the world- Bag Raiders- Shooting Stars but I couldn't understand what exactly was said in the 3-rd sentence (2-d second of the ...
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Word sounding like “you-know-a-theme” and meaning something like “prudence”

This is probably best suited to the dedicated chatroom, but unfortunately I don’t have enough rep to enter it. There’s a word that I don’t understand in a formal speech in a youtube video. The word ...
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The meaning of “in the rack”

On this audio file, at 1:40, what does in the rack mean? It's what I hear: I got three cars in the rack, it's all over the place down here, you know. Source: The ILI English Series, Intermediate ...
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“Back in bow” what does this mean? + α

First of all, thank you for your help in advance. I am listening this now and suddenly from the very start it looks like there is a bump ahead of me. I think she, the narrator is saying ( from 0:00 )...
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How to pronounce the word fission? [closed]

sometimes I hear the word "Fission" as "Fishon" and sometimes I hear it as "Fijon". What is the correct american pronunciation? do you pronounce the "ss" as "j" or "sh" ? Also, What about the word "...
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Questions about the transcript of the YouTube video “Five Stages of Watching A Marvel Movie”

What is the transcript at 1:04 of this video "Five Stages of Watching A Marvel Movie - HISHE Features: OnlyLeigh" (https://youtu.be/gvjMJEqkDqA)"? It sounds like "not to mention the TV show web series ...
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Question about an audio clip (transcription request)

I'd appreciate some help. I'm trying to understand what the man in the audio file says. I have no idea after he says, "It's going to be very interesting...[???]". Can you write what he said after ...
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Is this song sung in English? [closed]

Recently I was haunted by Tranquil Eye from Cocteau Twins. I couldn't figure out what lyrics the singer sang. Did she sing in English, or are there no lyrics at all? (I couldn't find any on the ...
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It's from a wide, thick spectrum of cream

At video on minutes 9:20 https://youtu.be/MnlPfvx7Cgg?t=559 The speaker mentioned "top 'cream' of Singapore" I found the definition of "the cream of sth" the best of a particular ...