We’re listening to contractions in Spoken English

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5 thoughts on “We’re listening to contractions in Spoken English

  1. Amr Wady

    Hello Helen, I found that it was a little bit difficult to recognize, “we’re going to meet.” & “I’m going to wear.”

    Thank you for your help. Have a happy day. Greetings from Egypt.:)

    1. Helen Cunningham Post author

      Hi Amr
      Often going to sounds like gonna . When this happens you can not hear the word TO.

      In We’re going to meet the We’re was reduced even further to a W sound. W gonna meet.

      The same things happens with I’m going to wear. The I’m reduces ever further to a shwa sound and going to is heard as gonna.

      does this explanation help? Please get in touch if you have any more questions about anything you hear.

  2. marina

    Hi Helen, I couldn’t work out ‘talk to you’ to me it sounded like’torture you’ which doesn’t make sense in the context. Also I didn’t catch ‘want’ in the past form right at the beginning. Thanks for your work.

    1. Juliana Alves Mota

      Hi, Helen!

      I’m here after following the link at the end of the exercise “where is the restaurant?”

      I had the same impression as Marina: I understood TORTURE in the place of “wanted to talk to you” and I couldn’t understand PHONE ME BACK, to me it sounded like “for me back” .

      I love your activities! Thank you! 🙂


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