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Becky: Top 25 English Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 22 “What's this?” in English.
In each lesson of this 25-part series, you'll encounter a common question that English learners come across, and then learn how to answer like a native speaker. You'll learn how these key phrases works by breaking them down into each component. Then, through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question “What's this?”
Eric: “What’s this?”
Becky: The first word in the question is
Eric: “what's”
Becky: the contraction of "what is."
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) “what's”
Becky: Listen again and repeat.
Eric: “what's”
{Pause}
Becky: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Eric: “this”
Becky: This is a demonstrative pronoun, used to identify something that is close.
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) “this”
Becky: Now repeat.
Eric: “this”
{Pause}
Becky: Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Eric: “What’s this?”
{pause}
Becky: You’ll hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question “What's this?”
Eric: “What’s this?”
Becky: "It's a camera.” Listen as it’s repeated one more time, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Eric: (Slow) "It's a camera.”
{pause}
Becky: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word is
Eric: “It’s”
Becky: the contraction of "it is."
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) “It’s”
Becky: Now repeat
Eric: “It’s”
{Pause}
Becky: And next is
Eric: “a”
Becky: the indefinite article meaning “one.”
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) “a”
Becky: Now repeat.
Eric: “a”
{Pause}
Becky: Listen to the first two words of the question and repeat.
Eric: “It’s a”
{pause}
Becky: And next is
Eric: “camera”
Becky: It’s a device for taking a picture.
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) “camera”
Becky:Now repeat.
Eric: “camera”
{Pause}
{Pause}Becky: Listen to the speaker say “It's a camera” and then repeat.
Eric: “It’s a camera.”
{pause}Becky: To give a different answer, replace “camera” with “watch.”
Eric: “watch”
Becky: It’s an object that tells the time that is usually worn on the wrist.
Eric: (slow) “watch” (regular) “watch”
Becky: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “watch.”
Eric: “It’s a watch.”
Becky: It mostly stays the same, simply replace “camera” with “watch.” Now say “It's a watch.”
{pause}
Eric: “It’s a watch.”
Becky: To expand on the pattern, replace “watch” with “chair.”
Eric: “chair”
Becky: This is an object to sit on.
Eric: (slow) “chair” (regular) “chair”
Becky: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “chair.”
Eric: “It’s a chair.”
Becky: Here we just replace “watch” with “chair.” Now say “It's a chair.”
{pause}
Eric: “It’s a chair.”
Becky: For more practice, replace “chair” with “computer.”
Eric: “computer”
Becky: It is an electronic machine that can store information.
Eric: (slow) “computer” (regular) “computer”
Becky: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “computer.”
Eric: “It's a computer.”
Becky: It’s almost the same, just replace “chair” with “computer.” Now say “It's a computer.”
{pause}
Eric: “It's a computer.”
Becky: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you’re visiting the United States and someone asks you what something is. It’s a camera. What do you tell them?
Eric: What’s this? (five seconds) “It’s a camera.”
Becky: Now imagine that it's a watch. Respond to the question.
Eric: What’s this? (five seconds) “It’s a watch.”
Becky: Imagine that it's a chair. What do you say?
Eric: What’s this? (five seconds) “It’s a chair.”
Becky: Imagine that it's a computer. How would you answer?
Eric: What’s this? (five seconds) “It’s a computer.”
Becky: You want to ask someone what something is. Ask the question.
(5 seconds)
Eric: “What’s this?”
{pause}
Becky: This is the end of Lesson 22.

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Tomi
Monday at 06:43 AM
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i forget abaut A . Its a computer ble ble :)

Tomi
Monday at 05:50 AM
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What is this ? This is live .

It's camera

It's My computer don't touch this :)

It's My camera you can take i not need this.

It's watch ! I will receive new hand watch in this monday. It's Disel Dz7395 i am verry happy but i am not sure maybe he looks to much good and maybe I won't feel comfortable. We see after tomorrow

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Ventsislav
Wednesday at 10:21 PM
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What is this?

- It's a chair.

- It's a computer.

- It's a watch.

- It's a camera.

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mojahid
Tuesday at 05:22 AM
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What's is this?

It's a very common question to ask from any unknown thing

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Evgeniy
Wednesday at 06:07 AM
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This is a lesson with a robot 😎