American English Imitation Exercise: What did you do today?
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In this American English pronunciation exercise,
we’re going to study some conversation. Today it’s going to be an imitation exercise, where
we listen to speech on a loop, like this: today I woke up…[3x] Today’s topic: what did you do today? For imitation exercises, I loop a sentence
or a sentence fragment three times, then give you time to repeat. It’s more important to
focus on imitating than what you’re saying. By looping it three times, I hope you’ll hear
the speech in a different way: more as rhythm and pitch than as words and sounds. In fact,
sometimes, you might want to repeat back only the rhythm and the pitch, no text at all.
For example, How are you? [3x] Uhhh– instead of trying to say ‘how are you?’,
just going with the rhythm and the pitch. Uhh. Other times, repeat the text. But don’t
worry about how you think the words should be pronounced. Just think about what you’re
hearing, and reproducing it exactly. Great. Let’s get started.>>Tom, what did you do today?>>Today?>>Today.>>Today I woke up…>>…and I went for a run.>>And, um, then I just worked.>>So, where do you run?>>I run in Fort Greene Park.>>In Brooklyn.
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>>That’s a nice park.>>It is a nice park.>>But, isn’t it really small?>>It’s a very small park.>>So, how, how do you run there?>>Well, first of all, it’s on a hill,>>Fort Greene is on a hill.>>So, it’s very hilly terrain to run.>>And you run around this dirt track around
the outside.>>So you just run loops.>>Right. And you do, like, 50 loops?>>I do 50-100>>depending on how I’m feeling.>>Right.>>So, what are you doing after this?>>After this,>>Nothing.>>No plans.>>Should we get dinner?>>Yeah.>>Where should we get dinner?>>I don’t know, somewhere in the neighborhood.>>There’s good stuff around here.>>Ok.>>I’ll find us something.>>We’re in Chelsea.>>right now.>>We are in Chelsea.>>But we’re really close to the Union Square
area.>>Flatiron…
>>That’s true.>>We have lots of options.>>Rachel knows a lot about the Union Square
area.>>I used to live there.
>>She used to live there, for?>>Like, four years.>>Four years.
>>Yeah.>>There’s a Barnes and Noble there.>>And a very strange sculpture.>>On the side of a building…>>that used to be a Circuit City.>>Wait, what sculpture?>>There’s a sculpture,>>A round sculpture spews smoke.>>Oh right, right.
>>Or steam.>>So that used to be a Circuit City?>>It did.>>What is it now?>>Is it a Best Buy?>>I’m not quite sure why we’re talking about
this! And now the whole conversation:>>Tom, what did you do today?
>>Today?>>Today.
>>Today I woke up and I went for a run.>>And, um, then I just worked.
>>So, where do you run?>>I run in Fort Greene Park, in Brooklyn.
>>That’s a nice park.>>It is a nice park.
>>But, isn’t it really small?>>It’s a very small park.
>>So, how, how do you run there?>>Well, first of all, it’s on a hill, Fort
Greene is on a hill. So, it’s very hilly terrain to run. And you run around this dirt track
around the outside.>>So you just run loops.
>>Right. And you do, like, 50 loops?>>I do 50-100 depending on how I’m feeling.
>>Right.>>So, what are you doing after this?
>>After this, nothing.>>No plans.
>>No plans.>>Should we get dinner?
>>Yeah.>>Where should we get dinner?
>>I don’t know, somewhere in the neighborhood.>>There’s good stuff around here.
>>Ok.>>I’ll find us something.
>>We’re in Chelsea right now.>>We are in Chelsea. But we’re really close to
the Union Square area, Flatiron…>>That’s true.
>>We have lots of options.>>Rachel knows a lot about the Union Square
area.>>I used to live there.
>>She used to live there, for?>>Like, four years.
>>Four years.>>Yeah.
>>There’s a Barnes and Noble there. And a very strange sculpture on the side of a building
that used to be a Circuit City.>>Wait, what sculpture?
>>There’s a sculpture, a round sculpture that spews smoke
>>Oh right, right.>>Or steam.
>>So that used to be a Circuit City?>>It did.
>>What is it now?>>Is it a Best Buy? I’m not quite sure
why we’re talking about this! That’s it, and thanks so much
for using Rachel’s English.

100 thoughts on “American English Imitation Exercise: What did you do today?

  1. Hi Rachel. Today I woke up and after a while I made a Greek coffee. After that I got some practice by watching English videos on YouTube. Now I'm watching your videos and after that I'll be watching a series called ' The Sopranos '. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0141842/?ref_=nv_sr_1 

    Could you please do me a favor? I noticed that you repeat parts of your conversation a lot of times(3 times) in order for us to understand the pronunciation, but for me sometimes I get tired of watching videos that have a lot of repeats. I'm fond of us as you are an excellent English teacher. Thank you for helping us (^_^) . I like your videos, but sometimes I get tired when videos have a lot of repeats.

  2. The subject of shadowing came up recently in our group. I just posted this video as an alternative to shadowing. I think the learners will benefit greatly from your efforts. Thanks so much.. Our group is …https://www.facebook.com/groups/ThaislearnEnglish/

  3. Just hearing isn´t enough to identify the words in the phrases when the speech is too fast unless you speak the language fluently what does not happen to those who are trying to obtain fluency. So, the written text is of great importance.

  4. Today I woke up and I'm doing nothing. Same as yesterday. And the day before yesterday. Being unemployed isn't so bad 😉

  5. hey Rachel! may i ask a question? When you said "wait" i heard it as something like "wit"? I am guessing that that was because of uprising intonation. Normally we would hear something like "WAIT" so i believe you kind of left the A part as the voice was rising and gave it anough emphasis on I so i could hear it as WIT. Could you elaborate on it please if you understand my question:)

  6. Today. I watch your video and I understand it and then I can't talk easily it because of the pronunciation.

  7. Yes why did she say /wit/ for wait /weit/. Is another way to pronounce this word and I didn't know it? or is there something wrong with my hearing?

  8. Hello Rachel . I don't know if you can make vídeos of tongue twisters. bye bye I like your lessons are very useful.

  9. Rachel i can't concentrate and focus on the exercice you're too cute :). Thanks anyway for your vids you're helping me a lot for improving my english accent.

  10. amazing video. I like so much your method to teach English. how can I do to get the free mini-course? regards from Guatemala😉

  11. . this is very amazing imitation video i have ever seen …….you are amazing and beautiful woman …and i hope to make another one soon ..please

  12. thank u very much rachel for this wonderful video that you share for us..your a very good english teacher…..love u muaaah

  13. Hello teacher I 'm new student in english ,I like learning english and speaking I church a method easyfor contain a learning english please

  14. How's it going, Rachel? Thank you for video, please show how to pronounce "exponentially " and "experience"?

  15. I am listening an audiobook recently. There's a sentence:"There's hardly an automobile of any sort". I don't hear "an". Would you happen to know why?

  16. Hi everybody
    if one of you would like to practice english with me , im available on skype : ibrail5
    or whatsApp/Viber :+22509475530

  17. hi rachel thank you very much you do such a good effort , it really helps us . but i have a question how did your friend pronounce this " so you just " l hear it like that "sidis" .. am i hear it in aright way ?

  18. After getting waking up i am like doing nothing except lying down on my bed, doing just internet, watching ur videos amd fooling around, and i will also go to look around some flats with my friend in a couple of hours, and then by the time it is 9 on the clock ill be get going to my office

  19. Hi, guys! I make some modified audios to practice with this technique. After making them I listen and repeat while driving, cooking, doing chores at home. That helps me to increase my speaking practice time. I also practice on Hello talk with native speakers and I encourage you to do the same I am looking for people to join me in audio editing and exchange files. Who is interested? Besides English I do it for Spanish, French and Italian. That's why I need help. I work with an audio of 5 to 8 minutes for week. Send me a message on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003618342899 or Hello Talk ht_vanessasan.97

  20. Thank you!-great practice! I understand they shouldn't read too much, but …Can you redo it so my mom can read the subtitles? Maybe a little brighter color?

  21. I woke up early morning and went for running for sometime. Came back to home and took shower and had some breakfast and went to office. In the first place I have looked into my mails and replied for them. I had a team meeting for 1 hour followed by today’s task. I have completed half of my work and went for lunch. After lunch had some coffee and concentrated on my work. I took few interviews for my team around 3 PM and then went for tea. I had a call with onsite team around 5 PM for about 1 hour and I have finished all my work return to home. Took some rest at home and watched few videos to learn English.

  22. Mam, thanks for your videos, for copying imitation technique, Who makes better performance in american accent in hollywood movies? and name of some movies please. I except your quick reply for your youtube student

  23. What did you do today?

    Nothing but practiced the lesson. Thanks a lot for such a good technique.

  24. i woke up at 7 am, after that i am praying and berakfast before make an activity, at 9 am i am ready for activity, my firts activity is install wallpapers on my customer homes, it takes around 3 hours, so i were finished at 2 pm, one hour i used for take a rest. after that i get some execercise like a jogging in the jogging park, its look likes 1.5 hours . after that i back to my house to take a bath, and after that prepare for studying english conversation.

  25. i try this American Accent …ooh it is hard i found myself trying to swallow my tongue to sound better how do i improve

  26. I usually wake up at 4 AM and do exercise 30 minutes. Then I get in church for praying one hour. I study english about one hour before having breakfas. After that I go to my company.

  27. Today I woke up, ate my breakfast and went to class. I studied mathematics and mechanical engineering for 4 hours in total.Then, I went out to the city to buy some food and to have lunch, which was extremely delicious.After that, I went to pray and head over to school.I studied physics and translation for 4 hours as well and I went to eat my dinner.Then, I went back to my room and took some rest, I revised my physics lesson and did some exercises. After that, when it hit 23:00 , I revised French and now I'm watching some English imitation videos 🙂 .

  28. Well today… My day is quite boring i didn't go to work. I spent most of my hours lying on my couch and watching your videos and i really enjoyed it… Hey bdw u'r so cute… Love from India

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