Hi. I’m Vanessa from SpeakEnglishWithVanessa.com. How fast can you speak English?
Let’s talk about it. Have you ever thought, “Oh my goodness. English speakers speak so fast. How will I ever be able to speak like that?” Well, today I have some good news for you. I’m going to share with you seven importanttips that native speakers use when they speak quickly.
We’re going to talk about reducing sounds,cutting off sounds, and connecting sounds. Then, at the end of this lesson, I have achallenge sentence for you that I want you to be able to say as fast as you possiblycan. So, let’s get started with the first tip.
My first tip for speaking fast English isto use contractions. What are contractions? They’re when you put two words together. I’d like to go is I would like to go. He’s busy. He is busy. What’re you doing?
What are you doing? If you’d like some tips about how to pronounce81 contractions, I made a video about that up here to help your pronunciation. But, this first tip is the most simple. We’ll talk about some more difficult tipslater. And it’s an easy way to speak quickly. I’d like to go.
I would like to go. Do you see how we can speak quicker becausewe’re cutting off all the sounds in the word would except for that final D? I’d like to go. Great. Let’s go on to the second tip. My second tip for speaking fast English isto reduce these four common verbs. Gonna, wanna, gotta, hafta. I’m gonna study English means I’m going tostudy English. That word to simply becomes a. I’m gonna study English. Or you might say, “I wanna study English.” Here, we’re changing want to to wanna. Again, the word to changes to a.
I wanna study English. Or maybe you will say, “I gotta study English.” Here we have a longer verb. I have got to study English becomes I gotta. I gotta study English. And then you might say, “I hafta study English.” Have to, here again, to changes to a.
I hafta study English. Can you say these with me? I’m gonna study English. I wanna study English. I gotta study English. I hafta study English. Beautiful sentences, and it’s so fast. My third tip for speaking fast English isto reduce the word you when you’re asking a question. We’re going to talk about three common questionwords. And unfortunately, the word you reduces ina different way for each question. So, listen carefully, and let’s check it out. The first question word is what. How can we reduce the question, “What areyou doing?” What are you doing? We could reduce this to say, “Whatcha doin’?” Whatcha, whatcha. It sounds like a CH sound here. Actually, we’ve cut out completely the wordare, and the word you just becomes cha. Whatcha doing? You might notice, too, extra tip that theend of the word doing that G also gets cut out.
Whatcha doin’? Whatcha doin’? So, I end that word with an N. Whatcha doin’? Whatcha doin’? Oh, I’m teaching in English lesson. Oh, I’m studying English. I’m going to sleep. Whatcha doin’? Whatcha doin’? Whatcha. Whatcha doin’? Let’s talk about the second WH question. Whereya goin’? Whereya goin’? Do you notice the same thing happening herewith that ing at the end? Whereya goin’? It ends with an N. What is happening withthe word you? Where ya, we just changed it to ya, ya, notyou, but Y-A. Whereya goin’? And again, we cut out are. Where are you going? Whereya goin’? Whereya goin’? Whereya goin’? What about if you wanted to ask a polite question? Would you help me? Maybe you need some help in the office. You might ask this lovely question. Would you help me? But if you want to say it fast, you couldsay, Wouldja help me? Wouldja help me? Wouldja help me? Instead of a ch sound, like we talked aboutbefore, whatcha doing, here, instead, we’re going to say ja.
Wouldja help me? Can you say that with me? Wouldja. Wouldja help me? Would you help me becomes would ja. Wouldja help me? Wouldja help me, please? Tips number four, five, and six include cuttingoff sounds. These are a little bit more tricky, so let’spay attention carefully. Tip number four for speaking fast Englishis to cut off the T at the end of words. Ooh, what about this sentence? I go out every night. I go out every night. Do you hear I go out every night? No. Instead, your tongue is at the top of yourmouth. You’re about to make the T sound, but no airgoes through, so it’s just stopped at the top of your mouth. I go ou’ every nigh’. I go ou’ every nigh’. If you would like to know some more commonsentences and English that use this, we use this all the time, but you can check out thisvideo I made up here about how to pronounce the most common sentences in English. I go ou’ every nigh’. Can you say that with me? I go ou’ every nigh’.
Tip number five for fast English is to cutoff the letter D at the end of words. Let’s check out this sample sentence. I found a blue and white card. I found a blue and white card. I found a blue and white card. Maybe you found a blue and white card on thestreet, and it was a birthday card that someone just threw out their window. I found a blue and white card. I foun’. The word ends in the letter N. I foun’ ablue an’white …
Here, the word and is being reduced. Just cut off that final D sound. I foun’ a blue an’ white car’, car’. This is a little bit different than the wordcar. I drive a car, because your mouth is makingthe shape of that D sound, but it’s not making the vibrations happening. You’re not actually making a D sound, butyour mouth is making that shape car’, car’. My tongue is flat against the roof of my mouthto make the D, but it’s not coming out car’, car’. Can you say that sentence with me? I foun’ a blue an’ white car’. I foun’ a blue an’ white car’. I foun’ a blue an’ white car’.
My sixth tip for speaking fast English isquite advanced. It is to cut off the first sounds with a fewpronouns: him, his, her, and them. Let’s look at a couple of sample sentences. I think he’s right. I think he’s right. I think he’s right? There’s no H happening here. I think ‘e, think ‘e. Kind of sounds like you’re saying thinky. I think ‘e’s right. Do you notice too at the end of the word rightthere’s no T sound? I think ‘e’s righ’. I think ‘e’s righ’. I think ‘e is righ’. We do this all the time. Let’s go on to another pronoun. It’s his turn. It’s her turn. It’s his turn. It’s her turn. This one’s a little bit weird, isn’t it? The H at the beginning of his and her is cutoff.
We don’t do this all the time, but it doeshappen often enough that you want to make sure you could understand when native Englishspeakers are using it, and also so that you can use it yourself. It’s ‘er turn. It’s ‘er turn. It’s ‘is turn, ‘is turn. it’s ‘is turn. It’s ‘is turn. We’re not saying it’s his turn, it’s ‘isturn. It’s ‘is turn. It’s ‘er turn. It’s ‘er turn. It’s ‘er turn. Great. What about the word them?
I listened to ’em. I listened to ’em. I listen to ’em, ’em. The word them has the TH cut out, and insteadyou’re saying um, um. I listen to ’em. Maybe if someone asks about some music thatyou like, you might say, “Oh yeah, I listened to ’em. I listen to ’em, ’em. I listen to ’em.” This is quite casual, and we use it a lotin daily conversation. I listened to ’em. Can you say that with me? I listened to ’em, ’em. So, we need to reduce some pronouns as we’respeaking him, his, her, them. My seventh tip for speaking fast English isspecific to American English. It is to change a T sound to a D sound. You might’ve noticed that we’ve done a lotwith Ts and Ds, cutting them off at the end of words. And here we’re changing them for each other. So when we say a word, like the word better,water, do you hear better, water? No. In American English, a T that’s between twovowel sounds … It doesn’t always have to be a vowel, but between two vowel sounds isgoing to change to a D, better, water. Let’s look at a sample sentence. The sweater is better. I like water. Sweater, notice that T, it’s between two vowels. Is better, it’s between two vowel sounds. I like water, also between two vowels.
But, what if we take it up a notch? These Ts in the next sample sentence are alsobetween vowel sounds, but it’s not so clear. Put it in the desk. Put it in the desk. We have a lot of D sounds. Put it in. Put it in. What’s happening with that T at the end ofthe word put? Well, it’s a T between two vowels, even thoughthere’s two separate words. Put it in. And the word it is between two vowels, eventhough it’s two separate words. So, I know this can be a little bit tricky,but you’re going to hear native speakers use this all the time, so make sure you can doit, too. Can you say it with me?
Put it in. Put it in. Put it in the desk. Put it in the desk. Put it in the desk. Put it in the desk. Do you see how that makes it much faster? Because instead of spending the time to letthe air come out of your mouth, your tongue is just tapping the top of your mouth to makea D. Put it in. Put it in, instead of put it in. It makes it a lot faster. Are you ready for a final challenge sentence? It’s going to combine so many of these seventips, and it’s going to challenge your mind and your pronunciation muscles. Our sentence is, I’m gonna to eat his food,and it’ll taste great. Phew, pretty fast. Let’s break it down.
I’m gonna. I’m gonna. Remember those reductions we talked aboutat the beginning of this lesson? We have a contraction, I am, and then we’rereducing going to to become gonna. I’m gonna. I’m gonna eat his, eat his. Here, the final T is changing to a D. But,why is it changing to a D if the next word doesn’t start with a vowel? Well do you remember that we need to cut offthe H for the word his? So instead, it sounds like a vowel, ‘is,eat ‘is. So, let’s change that T to a D and make surethat you cut off the H. Eat ‘is. Can you say that with me? Eat ‘is, eat ‘is food. Foo’.
What happens to that final D? We just cut it off, foo’, and we’re cuttingoff the next D. It’ll tastes great. It’ll. What is happening with this contraction? Well, when we say the contraction it will,we kind of add a little U sound before the L. It kind of sounds like U-L-L, It’ll. So, here we have two vowel sounds, even thoughwe don’t see them, similar to before, eat his. So, here we have it’ll. It’ll tas’e. Here we’re cutting off the T. Grea’, andwe’re cutting off the T again. It’ll tas’e grea’. Can we go back and say this full challengesentence together? Let’s give it a try. I’m gonna eat his food, and it’ll tastes great. So much going on here. Let’s try to say it fast. I’m gonna eat his food, and it’ll taste great.
I’m gonna eat his food, and it’ll taste great. I’m gonna eat his food, and it’ll taste great. Phew. Great. I hope you can say this and by yourself. Use those pronunciation muscles and challengeyourself. Thanks so much for learning English with me. I want to know in the comments which one ofthese fast English chips was new for you. Can you make a sentence with one of thesefast tips? Try to speak it quickly.
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