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How to Speak Casual English: Practice Conversation

Use the conversation below to practice all the reduced sounds you learned. Remember to drop the vowel in words like "to" and "for," reduce sounds in phrases with "what," drop the H in words like "her" and more. Review rules of casual speech.

Conversation: Two Coworkers at a Cafe

John: We have to plan a birthday party for our manager.
Beth: I know. It's her 60th birthday. What do you think we should do?
John: Of course we'll buy her a cake. Remember that bakery from last time?
Beth: Yeah, that was some great cake. Since we've worked together for 10 years, I want to buy her my own gift. What about you? Are you going to buy a gift or put some money on the gift card from the team?
John: Actually, I already got her something. My brother has a vacation property in L.A., so I got her a room there that she can use for a vacation anytime this year.
Beth: Wow, fancy! I was going to buy her a scarf. Now what do I do?
John: If you want to match me, you can get her a rental car, but that's not really fair to you, since my gift didn't cost me any money.
Beth: Hmmm, now that I think about it, sunglasses might be the perfect gift.
John: Hey, that's true! You can get her a brand name pair. She'd never get that for herself.
Beth: Uh-huh. But I'm still out a hundred and fifty, minimum.
John: Yup. That's how it goes!

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