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SPEAK ENGLISH FAST – LEARN ENGLISH LIVE 20 WITH STEVE FORD

 

Hey “watchya doin”? Sorry? What did you just say? Yes, as more and more English students use the internet to watch movies and TV series to learn English, they find that sometimes the English being spoken is TOO FAST! So in my lesson, I answer a question that an online English learner from China has about how to understand how native speakers talk fast in Hollywood movies. The important thing is to understand that the same question can have variations ranging from formal, what are you doing?, to extremely informal, watchya doin’? Watching my English lesson you will have some practice on how to pronounce this. 

Hey everybody, hang around a little bit longer, “where ya goin’?”. This is the way friends here in North America would speak among themselves and you can see some interesting things happening in the way that we say it. First of all, “you” become “ya” and second of all “going” become “goin”. It’s important to remember that we use this way of speaking English fast to link the words together and sound more………….friendly. That’s something you can try to listen for when watching a movie. Suddenly you will be able to understand conversation better and who know, you might even be able to use this way of speaking the next time you speak to a friend who is a native speaker of English. 

When you start to learn advanced English, you start to see how native speakers link words together and it seems as if they are speaking an entirely new language. However, once you understand some of these linkages, you can gain self-confidence in both your listening and speaking skills. So here we go with our next example, “Can ya gimme some ‘o tha(t). There is a lot going on in this question. Most importantly is that “give me” changes to “gimme”. You will see that there are countless songs in pop music that use “gimme” and the reason they use it is because the words flow more easily than saying “give me”. Another thing you want to pay close attention to in my lesson is how I say some words by leaving off consonants like: o(f) and tha(t).

 

And the linkages of words continues with our next example, “I gotta go”. This is one of my favorites since it rolls right off your tongue. Do native speakers really use it? For sure they do, just make sure you are using it with friends and not your boss or clients at work!!!!  You can see in the picture here that we have, “I’ve got to go”. There seems to be a misconception among some English learners that using contractions in business English is wrong, however, I am here to tell you that “I’ve” would be entirely normal in business English. In fact, other contraction such as: I’ll, I’d, etc. are very common.

Whenever leave my home, my kitten, Sapphire, always runs out the door to see where I’m going. So you will find out in the video that I need to “keep an eye on her”. In my lesson I teach you how to say this very quickly and this was a special request from Kevin from China about how to say, “keep an eye on her” quickly.