Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 15 – Pronunciation – Using Thought Groups

Arsenio's ESL Podcast
Arsenio's ESL Podcast: Season 4 - Episode 15 - Pronunciation - Using Thought Groups

We’re finally bringing in THOUGHT GROUPS. Now, these will be explained in more detail in the coming months, but I wanted to introduce it to you today.

A thought group is a group of words in a sentence that are pronounced together as a unit by pausing briefly between them.

There are no fixed rules for thought groups. Thought groups are often based on grammatical units:

I made the swim team. (a short sentences = one thought group)

I made the swim team / at my school. (the prepositional phrase is a second thought group)

Listening in Podcast

Listen to the podcast and draw a line between the thought groups in the sentences down below.

  1. What do identification cards tell us about who someone is?
  2. An ID card from India will include about 16 personal details.
  3. I hope to be a skillful doctor some day.
  4. The lab used several samples before they got a good match.
  5. The patterns in the iris of the eye are unique to every individual.


We all have hopes and dreams. Part of achieving a dream, for example, becoming a civil engineer, is being able to envision your future self in that identity. One consideration is your skills and abilities. Evaluate what you can do now, what you know, and what skills and knowledge you still need to learn to attain your goal. Then make a plan for how to learn what you need to know. Your plan will help you feel in touch with your future identity.


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