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Sound More Natural with 1 Little Word: Reducing the Word “to”

 

It's kinda crazy.

Some of the most common words in English don't sound like you would expect when spoken out loud.

If you’ve been following my lessons, you know that a reduction is a word that sounds different in spoken English than you would expect it to when looking at the...

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How to say English articles A and AN

 

In this quick tip lesson we'll clear up any and all confusion about the pronunciation of the English articles A and AN.

Click here to learn how to pronounce the article THE.


Practice phrases and sentences used in this lesson: 

The article "a" is pronounced  “uh” /ǝ/:

What a...

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Practice Super Common English Reductions: GONNA and WANNA

Native English speakers often don't say words the way they're written.

A lot of times we combine common word pairs, reducing them to a totally new form that sounds different than what you would expect looking at the written words.

Two of the most common word pair reductions are GONNA and WANNA....

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Listening and Speaking Practice: CAN and CAN'T

Improve your English listening and speaking skills in this lesson where we solve the mystery of hearing the difference between CAN and CAN’T!

Need to take your practice on the go? Download the audio practice exercise here! 

Key Takeaways:

1) These two words can be very hard to...

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Common Contractions in English Part 3: WILL, 'LL

It’s time for a little more practice with the MOST common contractions in English- woot woot!!

If you really want to sound more natural and native in your spoken English you have to use contractions. In this lesson, part 3 in a 3-part series, we will practice contracting WILL. Be sure to...

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Common Contractions in English Part 2: NOT, N'T

It’s time for a little more practice with the MOST common contractions in English- woot woot!! If you really want to sound more natural and native in your spoken English you have to use contractions. In this lesson, part 2 in a 3-part series, we will practice contracting NOT. Be sure to...

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Want to Sound More Native? Do This! Common Contractions in English Part 1: IS ARE AM

If you really want to sound more natural and native in your spoken English you have to use contractions. I know it can seem counterintuitive, but contractions are essential in mastering the rhythm and flow of spoken English. In this lesson, part 1 in a 3-part series, we will practice contracting...

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Didja Know About This? A Tip to Better Understand Native English Questions

Wouldja like to know more about how native English speakers combine and reduce words, especially in questions? Oh you're gonna love this lesson! Some funny things happen when Ts and Ds pair up with "you" and "your."  

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More Help Understanding Native English: 19 SUPER Common Word PAIRS that Reduce

GONNA, COULDA, HAFTA, LOTSA- what??? Another reason native speakers can be hard to understand is we combine common word pairs- ALL the time! In this lesson, you will learn about 19 of these SUPER common word pairs. Knowing these everyday reductions can help you sound more natural and native in...

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Understand Native Speakers More Easily: 25 VERY Common Reductions in English

Native English speakers can be difficult to understand for several reasons. A big one is reducing, or changing the pronunciation, of small grammar/function words in conversation. In this lesson, you will learn about 25 VERY common reductions in English. This lesson can help you sound more...

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