No matter where you look, contractions are everywhere in English – in spoken language as well as in writing: “I’m going to be late”, “don’t you hate that?”, “God, you’d better do it.”
English speakers LOVE to reduce certain words and connect them to other words. This way it’s easier to know which words are more important and you get more flow when you speak.
Now, the full forms of these words (I am going) are definitely found in spoken English but usually if that’s the case, there’s a reason for that.
So for example, if someone says “I will do it” they might be putting more emphasis on the word ‘will’ to convey their full intention to do it, or emphasizing the fact that this time it’s actually going to happen. But if they say “I’ll do it” they put more emphasis on the verb ‘do’.
Why do we avoid these contractions?
For non-native speakers these contractions may not be so intuitive, so they tend to use the long form.
The first reason has to do with the fact that contracted forms are more common in speaking than in writing and non-native speakers tend to rely on the written word. They might even think these contractions are inappropriate in speaking (although they totally are).
Some non-native speakers might feel that using these contractions would make them sound unclear. So they naturally avoid them, while it’s the other way around – you become more clear when you use them. It’s just a matter of finding out how to use them correctly and to figure out what in pronouncing them poses a challenge, and how to overcome it.
Have you ever avoided contractions? Do you feel like you’re mumbling when you say words like I’ll, it’d, or couldn’t? If you do, this video is a must for you because you’ll find several ways to go around these forms.
And if you scroll down, you’ll find a list of key contractions to download and practice for free. Because if you want to turn knowledge into a habit, you have to take action! Download and practice NOW
After watching the video, let me know in the comments below which contractions in English are the most difficult for you to pronounce!
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