Form-Focused Dictation 1: Reduced ‘you’ /juː/
- Have you ever been to that place at night?
- How do you like your new job?
- I'm sorry you believe him, but I didn't change my number because of you.
- Would you like anything else?
- You're getting on in years, you know, and you're not as bad as you used to be.
Form-Focused Dictation 2: Reduced ‘Do you’ /djuː/
- Do you mind if I sit here?
- When do you think you'll have the time?
- Didn't you think his writing was bad?
- Did you find out what area it's in?
- Do you know how to use it?
Form-Focused Dictation 3: /ʃ/ vs. /s/
- We'll need about twelve seats for the members who are coming to the meeting today.
- I believe each report took about eighty sheets using both sides.
- She sells seashells by the seashore.
- Can you show me how to do it, so I can sew it myself?
- She's short and sort of round.
Form-Focused Dictation 4: Reduced "can" and "can't" /kɑn/ vs. /kænt/
- He can work, but he can't do it for very long.
- I can't get it to start at all.
- I can't remember if anything like that is around this area.
- I don't know how people can do that stuff.
- But how can we do it if we don't know what it is.
Form-Focused Dictation 5: Reduced 'ing' /~iŋ/
- She's going to her mom's place for the stuff.
- You should have told him what you're really thinking.
- What's that they're having over there?
- There is nothing ever goin' on around here.
- Of course, it's all happening in the next few days.
Form-Focused Dictation 6: Alveolar flap /ɾ/
- We didn't see him at all when he was here.
- He was standing on the ladder when I last saw him.
- I didn't see him in the latter part of the show.
- It takes more than a liter if you want to make a big change.
- We need at least one leader if we want to change the policy.
Form-Focused Dictation 7: Schwa /ə/
- I heard you were going to buy a new car.
- Give it to them for a few hours.
- I'll see you about half past seven.
- I read her report and I quite like it.
- He went to her house to tell her he was sorry.
Form-Focused Dictation 8: /θ/ vs. /s/
- I take a bus around ten o'clock.
- How often do you take a bath every day?
- I have to sing because (‘cos) I'm having a problem.
- I have three fours, so I think I've got this hand.
- If you find the path, you'll pass him on his way to work.
Form-Focused Dictation 9: Stressed syllable 15 vs. 50
- You're going to have to pay about 15 dollars for that.
- I've already bought about 50 of them.
- Even though it's 14 degrees out, it's still a very nice day.
- I'll take about 40 pounds if you have them.
- He's 16 years old and I suppose she's about 60.
Form-Focused Dictation 10: Review
- He works for the government.
- She should show up soon.
- He put the pen upon the book.
- Do you want to know what I want to do?
- What are you going to do about it?