This clip is from an episode of the Table Manners podcast, in which Jessie Ware and her mum Lennie interview a guest while preparing and eating a meal. It’s always a great source for relaxed conversation with interesting people. This episode features British hip-hop artist Loyle Carner.

In this section, Loyle Carner is talking about how he recently set up a cooking school for children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder).

In this exercise, all the weak forms (unstressed forms of grammatical words in connected speech) have been removed. Listen as many times as you need to, and see if you can identify them all. Good luck!

one thing used really calm me down when younger cooking.

…that used to calm me down

The phrasal verb to calm someone down means to relax somebody when they are full of energy, stressed or angry. e.g. The meeting was so stressful that we decided to take a 15 minute break so we could all calm down a bit.

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