Mar 012013

In this BBC How to… talk about things you don’t like programme we look at language you can use to answer a simple question about something and say that you don’t like it. We also look at how using the adverb ‘really’ can change the strength of what you say and how it means different things if you put it in different places in the sentence.


Language for expressing likes
Subject Adverb Verb Noun
I (really) don’t like
can’t stand
ice cream
Chinese food
playing football
watching TV
About the adverb ‘really’.
This adverb as we have seen is very useful in making what you say stronger. When talking about things you don’t like though it can have a different meaning depending on where you put it in the sentence.For example:
“I really don’t like it!”
This means you have a strong dislike of something.


“I don’t really like it.”
This is not very strong. It means that you do not like something, but it is not a very strong dislike.

Pronunciation – disappearing sounds
When speaking fluently sometimes we don’t pronounce some sounds. This is different from words which have silent letters.

For example, look at this word


If you say this word by itself you would normally pronounce the /t/ sound at the end.


However, when speaking if the next word begins with a consonant sound we usually don’t pronounce the /t/ sound. So the phrase “I can’t stand it” is pronounced without the /t/ sound at the end of ‘can’t’

I can stand it

To find out more about this and other features of fluent speaking visit the Connected Speech section of our Pronunciation area.

BBC How to… talk about things you don’t like Transcript Video


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