Episode #14

Contractions in English: Your Essential Pronunciation Guide

00:38:41 minutes long
audio file size: 53.6 mb

Download the English contractions practice sheet and the audio: https://hadarshemesh.com/contractions-freebie/

Contractions are words and phrases that are shortened by dropping sounds (in writing and in speaking). Contractions are all the you’d, she’ll, we’re, isn’t etc.

These contractions allow us to signal our listeners what is more important and what is less, and that makes our communication in English clearer.
For non-native speakers these contractions might be a bit confusing.

Have you ever thought to yourself, “these short words are not clear enough when they come out of MY mouth”? Do you find yourself separating them because of that? Many learners of English as a second language feel like that but actually, the truth is you can use these contractions, and sound clearer! In this episode, I’ll tell you how to use contractions in speaking and how to pronounce the most common contractions in English.

If you like this episode you might want to watch these videos as well:
How to speak English faster (the qualities of GOOD fast vs BAD fast)
Connected speech in English
American INTONATION – What They don’t Teach You in School + American Intonation podcast episode 12

If you want to improve your accent and understand spoken English better, download my free American Accent audio crash course.

You can also download an interactive list of  50 of the most mispronounced words in English and master the pronunciation of those tricky words.

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