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Pronounce English Like a Native English Speaker- Super Useful Tip-Audio lesson

A super useful tip to pronounce English like a native speaker is to use contractions when you speak. Otherwise, your speech sounds very formal, and not spontaneous like a native English speaker. When you use contractions in your speech, it makes your sentences flow more naturally with better English rhythm.

Clients have told me that they don’t use contractions because they find it hard to get their mouth around the consonant blends when they use contractions in their speech. When you use a contraction you don’t have as much time to get from one consonant to another.  For example  ‘I will go’, as opposed to ‘I’ll go’ or ‘what had you found?’  as opposed to ‘what’d you found?’

Note:

I’ll, we’ll, they’ll, she’ll, he’ll and the rest of these type of  ‘will’ contractions etc   are all said with an ‘intrusive ‘y’ /j/ sound and a schwa sound before the ‘ll’ sound. So I’ll would be written  Iyəl /aɪjəl/ .  We’ll would be written weeyəl    /wiːjəl/   etc.

Pronounce English Like a Native English Speaker- Practise tip

Take the contracted form that you would use the most in your everyday speech at work or socially, or the form you find the hardest and practise it 5 times twice a day for a week. Then, put it into sentences and continue to practise  till your mouth can naturally and smoothly say that contraction. You can use the chart below to help you choose what you want to work on first, or you can just go through and make sentences with each one and practise .

Audio lesson:

Sentences in the audio lesson:

I’ll let you know.

I’ll have been there twice after this trip.

I’d like to do a bit more.

They’ve been waiting.

We’d like to come also.

It’s a good program.

That’d be fine, thank you.

It’d be good to go out.

What’s been your experience with that?

What’re you going to do?

We’ll be happy to come.

I’ve just returned.

We’re good friends.

She’s not in there now.

I’m very hot after all the running we’ve done.

We’re not ready.

Who’s doing the job, and when’ll they come?

Why’re you digging that hole, and how’d you get in?

Isn’t it your turn?

Haven’t you seen the new movie?

 

Pronounce English Like a Native English Speaker- Contractions Chart

BE WILL WOULD HAVE HAD
I I’m
I am
I’ll
I will
I’d
I would
I’ve
I have
I’d
I had
you you’re
you are
you’ll
you will
you’d
you would
you’ve
you have
you’d
you had
he he’s
he is
he’ll
he will
he’d
he would
he’s
he has
he’d
he had
she she’s
she is
she’ll
she will
she’d
she would
she’s
she has
she’d
she had
it it’s (or ’tis)
it is
it’ll
it will
it’d
it would
it’s
it has
it’d
it had
we we’re
we are
we’ll
we will
we’d
we would
we’ve
we have
we’d
we had
they they’re
they are
they’ll
they will
they’d
they would
they’ve
they have
they’d
they had
that that’s
that is
that’ll
that will
that’d
that would
that’s
that has
that’d
that had
who who’s
who is
who’ll
who will
who’d
who would
who’s
who has
who’d
who had
what what’s/what’re
what is/what are
what’ll
what will
what’d
what would
what’s
what has
what’d
what had
where where’s
where is
where’ll
where will
where’d
where would
where’s
where has
where’d
where had
when when’s
when is
when’ll
when will
when’d
when would
when’s
when has
when’d
when had
why why’s
why is
why’ll
why will
why’d
why would
why’s
why has
why’d
why had
how how’s
how is
how’ll
how will
how’d
how would
how’s
how has
how’d
how had
WORDS (negating a verb) CONTRACTION
is not isn’t
are not aren’t
was not wasn’t
were not weren’t
have not haven’t
has not hasn’t
had not hadn’t
will not won’t
would not wouldn’t
do not don’t
does not doesn’t
did not didn’t
cannot can’t
could not couldn’t
should not shouldn’t
might not mightn’t
must not mustn’t

 

WORDS (woulda-shoulda-coulda) CONTRACTION
would have would’ve
should have should’ve
could have could’ve
might have might’ve
must have must’ve

 

Best wishes, Esther

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