IELTS Preparation Series 2, Episode 5: Virtual Doctor
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Hello. I'm Margot Politis. Welcome to Study English, IELTS preparation.
Today, we have a story about new technologies in medicine. We're going to look at 'linking'
in spoken English, and then we'll talk about the word 'there'.
Let's listen to Dr Stuart Stapleton talk about how he treats patients in other locations
using computers and cameras.
At the Blue Mountains end, there are four cameras. There's one which stands roughly
where I would stand as the team leader in a resuscitation that gets the overview of
the room and the patient and the environment. There's another camera that's located above
the patient's bed.
There's also a camera that lets us look at things like X-rays, cardiographs, blood pressure
charts and the like.
And there's a final camera which is actually a mobile camera, which can also be head mounted.
So for example, if one of the staff up there needs to perform a procedure, which they may
have done maybe once or twice, then someone who's got a lot more experience can be at
this end and guide them through the process.
To speak English fluently and sound like a native speaker, it's important to link some
words together. Knowing how native speakers link their words together will also make it
easier to understand spoken English.
Sometimes it may be difficult to know where one word ends and the next one begins.
For example, 'healthy ear' sounds the same as 'healthy year'. When 'healthy' is linked