Form-Focused Dictation


Form-Focused Dictation 1: Reduced "Do you" /djuː/

  1. Do you mind if I sit here?
  2. When do you think you'll have the time?
  3. Didn't you think his writing was bad?
  4. Did you find out what area it's in?
  5. Do you know how to use it?

Form-Focused Dictation 2: Reduced "you" /juː/

  1. Have you ever been to that place at night?
  2. How do you like your new job?
  3. I'm sorry you believe him, but I didn't change my number because of you.
  4. Would you like anything else?
  5. You're getting on in years, you know, and you're not as bad as you used to be.

Form-Focused Dictation 3: /ʃ/ vs. /s/

  1. We'll need about twelve seats for the members who are coming to the meeting today.
  2. I believe each report took about eighty sheets using both sides.
  3. She sells seashells by the seashore.
  4. Can you show me how to do it, so I can sew it myself?
  5. She's short and sort of round.

Form-Focused Dictation 4: Reduced "can" and "can't" /kɑn/ vs. /kænt/

  1. He can work, but he can't do it for very long.
  2. I can't get it to start at all.
  3. I can't remember if anything like that is around this area.
  4. I don't know how people can do that stuff.
  5. But how can we do it if we don't know what it is.

Form-Focused Dictation 5: /θ/ vs. /s/

  1. I take a bus around ten o'clock.
  2. How often do you take a bath every day?
  3. I have to sing because (‘cos) I'm having a problem.
  4. I have three fours, so I think I've got this hand.
  5. If you find the path, you'll pass him on his way to work.

Form-Focused Dictation 6: Reduced "ing" /~iŋ/

  1. She's going to her mom's place for the stuff.
  2. You should have told him what you're really thinking.
  3. What's that they're having over there?
  4. There is nothing ever goin' on around here.
  5. Of course, it's all happening in the next few days.

Form-Focused Dictation 7: Alveolar flap /ɾ/

  1. We didn't see him at all when he was here.
  2. He was standing on the ladder when I last saw him.
  3. I didn't see him in the latter part of the show.
  4. It takes more than a liter if you want to make a big change.
  5. We need at least one leader if we want to change the policy.

Form-Focused Dictation 8: Schwa /ə/

  1. I heard you were going to buy a new car.
  2. Give it to them for a few hours.
  3. I'll see you about half past seven.
  4. I read her report and I quite like it.
  5. He went to her house to tell her he was sorry.

Form-Focused Dictation 9: Stressed syllable 15 vs. 50

  1. You're going to have to pay about 15 dollars for that.
  2. I've already bought about 50 of them.
  3. Even though it's 14 degrees out, it's still a very nice day.
  4. I'll take about 40 pounds if you have them.
  5. He's 16 years old and I suppose she's about 60.