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  • In a recent video, I said, "I like that phrase, ts'a good one." I reduced the word "it's" to

  • simply the TS sound, ts, ts. There are two other words that can reduce to this sound.

  • In this video, you'll learn all about it.

  • First, let's watch the clip I mentioned in the intro.

  • >>I like that phrase. Ts'a good one.

  • It's a good one, it's a good one. You've probably noticed that native speakers will contract

  • "it is" and say "it's". So, that's the IH vowel and the TS cluster. But of course, as

  • I've just pointed out, we may also drop the vowel altogether, and leave it to just ts,

  • ts. "It is" becomes "it's" becomes "ts". Let's listen again.

  • Ts'a good one. [3x]

  • Other examples: it's alright, it's ok. What do you notice? It's alright, it's ok. The

  • TS sound links directly to the next word, there is no break, and that must happen if

  • we're going to reduce "it is" to "it's" or even "ts". Ts'okay. So, it's like the TS cluster

  • begins the next word. Or should I say, ts'like. Ts'like the TS cluster begins the next word.

  • Try it: ts'alright. ts'okay. ts'funny.

  • What else can be reduced to simply TS? "What is" becomes "what's", can become "ts". Take

  • for example the sentence, What's his name again? Ts'is name again? Notice how I'm dropping

  • the H in the word 'his'. This is a pretty common reduction. I've made a video on dropping

  • the H. So, this leaves us with 'iz' - the IH sound and the Z sound for the word 'his'.

  • Notice that the TS connects right up into that. Tsiz, tsiz, ts'is name again, ts'is

  • name again? Other examples: what's going on? ts'going, ts'going, ts'going on? Or, ts'up?

  • ts'up? I'm guessing you've heard that one before.

  • I said there were three words that could reduce to this. So what's the third? "That is" becomes

  • "that's", can become "ts". So, you might hear "That's nice" reduce to "ts'nice", ts'nice.

  • So if all three of these words can reduce to 'ts', how do you know which word it is?

  • Well, we're talking about function words here, they don't affect the meaning of a sentence,

  • so you don't need to worry about it.

  • Unless you have a very minimal accent, it's probably best to pronounce the contraction:

  • that's, it's, what's. However, it's good to know what's going on when you hear it. Or,

  • should I say, ts'good to know, ts'good to know what's going on.

  • Normally, I would say, "That's it, and thanks so much for using Rachel's English". But do

  • you know what I'm going to say today?

  • Ts'it! And thanks so much for using Rachel's English.

  • Don't stop there. Have fun with my real-life English videos. Or get more comfortable with

  • the IPA in this play list. Learn about the online courses I offer, or check out my latest

  • video.

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    ABbla Chung posted on 2013/09/13
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