Session 5

Tim's Pronunciation Workshop: from

How do we pronounce 'from' in natural English?

ክፍለ-ስራሓት ናይዚ ምዕራፍ

ድምር ነጥቢ ናይዚ ክፍለ-ስራሓት 5

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

Tim's Pronunciation Workshop: from

I come from...
Tim's back in his pronunciation workshop. This time he's out and about in London asking where people come from - and he's discovering that the pronunication of the word from can be very interesting!

To do

Take a look at the video, then try the activity to do some practice.

ነቲ ቪድዮ ብምዕዛብ ነቲ ስራሕ ዕመምዎ

ነቲ ቅዳሕ ጽሑፍ ኣርእይዎ ነቲ ቅዳሕ ጽሑፍ ሕብእዎ

Tim
Hi. I'm Tim and this is my Pronunciation workshop. Here I'm going to show you how English is really spoken. Come on, let's go inside. Where were you born? Where do you come from? Here's what we heard when we asked some people in London their names, and where they come from.


Voxpops
My name's Charlotte, and I'm from Darwin in Lancashire.
My name's Ollie, and I'm from Norfolk.
I'm Amy from London.
Allie, I'm from Northern Ireland.
My name's Victoria. I'm from Cambridge.

Tim
Now they all used the word from, didn't they - but they didn't pronounce it /frɒm/. Listen again: how is it pronounced?

Voxpops
My name's Charlotte, and I'm from Darwin in Lancashire.
My name's Ollie, and I'm from Norfolk.
I'm Amy from London.
Allie, I'm from Northern Ireland.
My name's Victoria - I'm from Cambridge.

Tim
The word from is a preposition; it's usually not that important in a sentence, so it's often unstressed. Now, at the end of the question, "Where do you come from?" It's unstressed, but it is still pronounced /frɒm/. However, when it's unstressed, and it comes in the middle of a sentence, the /ɒ/ changes to schwa, so /frɒm/ becomes /frəm/. This is an example of a weak form, and here are some more examples.

Examples

I borrowed it from my brother.
I read the book from cover to cover.
The nearest post office is not far from here.
Come over any time from seven o'clock.

Tim
Right, now you've heard the examples, and now it's your turn. You know the drill by now: listen and repeat.

Examples
I borrowed it from my brother.
I read the book from cover to cover.
The nearest post office is not far from here.
Come over any time from seven o'clock.

Tim
Well done. And remember, if you want to learn more about pronunciation, then please visit our website, bbclearningenglish.com. And that is about it from the pronunciation workshop for this week. I'll see you soon. Bye bye!

 

To do

So that's a look at the pronunciation of from in natural spoken English. Now try this activity to get some more practice.

The 'from' game

5 Questions

Is the word 'from' in each sentence pronounced /frɒm/ or /frəm/? You decide...

ኣገናዕ፡ ፈተናኹም ዛዚምኩም
Excellent! Great job! ሕማቕ ዕድል! ዘመዝገብኩምዎ ነጥቢ ...:
x / y

More on this topic

Tim's Pronunciation Workshop part 23- weblink image The Sounds of English: Voiceless consonants: button Masterclass: Using the past to talk about the present and future

End of Unit 22

We hope that was useful. In Unit 23, Dan has everything you need to know about 'wish' in Masterclass. In News Review and LingoHack you can find out which words are making the headlines - and Tim will be back with the pronunciation workshop as usual. See you there!

Session Vocabulary

  • From

    From is often unstressed. In the question Where do you come from? it isn’t stressed, but it is still pronounced with the vowel sound /ɒ/.

    When from is not stressed, but is in the middle of a sentence, the /ɒ/ changes to /ə/ (schwa), so /frɒm/ becomes /frəm/.

    • Come over any time from 7 o’clock.
    • I read the book from cover to cover.