British English Speaking Practice – Shadowing Video

Here is a shadowing video to help you to improve your British accent, exercise your mouth and improve your English fluency.

Below is the SCRIPT, which you should read along with after you have listened to the video around 3 times. There is also a list of New VOCABULARY with definitions, to help you to understand what you are reading.

When you feel confident with the script, start to read along, OUT LOUD. Copy the speed, intonation and rhythm of the teachers voice.

If you would like to record your voice and have it evaluated by a British teacher, join our interactive Speaking Course by clicking the link below:

SCRIPT

English Words That Sound Like ‘Gobbledygook’

Many languages have words that sound funny. Here are three English words that are fun to say and also useful!

Hullabaloo “Hullabaloo” is a word that sounds like its meaning. It’s used to describe the shouting and other loud noises that people make when they’re excited or angry. For example, “There was a hullabaloo when the singer arrived at the airport.” You can also use “hullabaloo” to describe public anger or disapproval. For example, “The CEO resigned after all the hullabaloo over his taxes.”

Gobbledygook “Gobbledygook” comes from the sound that turkeys make: “gobble, gobble, gobble.” The word was first used in the 1940s to mean “language that has no meaning.” But it can also mean, “language that is difficult to understand.” For example, “When babies try to talk, it’s just gobbledygook,” or “The professor’s speech sounded like gobbledygook to me.”

Gibberish “Gibberish” is similar to “gobbledygook.” English speakers use it to describe speech that sounds like English but has little or no meaning. For example, “I sometimes talk gibberish in my sleep.” But the word can also mean, “speech that is too fast or too complex to understand.” For example, “French sounded like gibberish to me before I started studying it.”

NEW VOCABULARY

Gobbledygook: language that is meaningless or is made unintelligible by excessive use of technical terms. “reams of financial gobbledygook”

Hullabaloo: a commotion; a fuss. “remember all the hullabaloo over the golf ball?”

Disapproval: possession or expression of an unfavourable opinion. “Jill replied with a hint of disapproval in her voice”

Resigned: voluntarily leave a job or office. “he resigned from the government in protest at the policy”

Gibberish: unintelligible or meaningless speech or writing; nonsense. “he talks gibberish”

Complex: consisting of many different and connected parts. “a complex network of water channels”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *