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  • Hey guys, welcome to my channel. My name is Marina, and I'm your English language teacher today.

  • I just remembered a problem when I had when I first came to an english-speaking country.

  • So imagine you've been learning English for 10 years.

  • You come to a country where everybody speaks English, and you realize that they use the words that you've learned.

  • They use the same phrases, but somehow they pronounce them differently.

  • And it's not about the way that they open their mouth or they intonate the phrase, but it's the way they connect the words.

  • Today, we're gonna practice, and we're going to learn how Americans pronounce words that we learn.

  • So if you're interested in sounding like an American person.

  • Please continue watching this video.

  • You need to remember one thing: Americans, and people in general, are very lazy.

  • They are trying to do everything to shorten the amount of work they have to do and that concerns the speech as well.

  • For example, I'm gonna talk about linking right now.

  • So when we have a couple of words that come one after another, sometimes we'll link them and we omit some of the sounds.

  • For example when two same consonants are together, like this school, you don't say this school.

  • Hey I want to go to this school.

  • That sounds really weird. You say this school.

  • It's like one S, but it's a little longer. This school.

  • On every teacher's edition in this school. Another phrase, really useful, good day.

  • You don't say good day.

  • You say good day, so D here is a little longer. Practice it with me. Good day. Good day.

  • This is very American. The linking is also true to phrases when one word ends with a consonant and another starts with a vowel.

  • For example, big elephant.

  • You don't say big elephant. You say big elephant.

  • So it sounds just like one word and exactly if this can cause confusion in non-English native speakers.

  • But when you practice it, when you learn how Americans speak.

  • It's gonna be easier for you to understand native speakers speech.

  • Another very American thing, in linking, is that when one word ends with T...

  • Americans would convert it to D. For example, that orange. An American would sound that orange.

  • You hear that?

  • That orange. That orange. So T actually converted to D.

  • Other examples of linking, a good boy, and here, this is very American.

  • When you see a dog, and you like it, you say "Ah, such a good boy, when he's behaving well. Good boy, good boy.

  • Di goes into your throat and then you concentrate on B. So good boy.

  • So it's somewhere in your throat. I cannot even describe what you feel, but like if you were swallowing something. Good boy.

  • This is another way to omit a sound. The second thing that Americans do is called intrusion.

  • Think of two words, one word ends with vowel, another word begins with vowels.

  • For example, he asked. We don't say he asked, we say he asked.

  • And, somehow, we insert a new sound, which is Y and something.

  • Ya, he asked. And in some cases, would insert the wuh sound. For example, instead of saying do it, you would say do it, do it.

  • So there is a W sound, which somehow got into this phrase.

  • Other examples. Do it! do it!

  • Three apples.

  • Three apples.

  • It's like singing. Three apples. By the way, singing really helps with pronunciation, when you sing along with your favorite singer. Go out.

  • You would actually say go out, together as one word.

  • And there is a general rule, when to insert Y and when to insert W as a sound.

  • If the words and with iy, -ey, -ay, -oy, y, you insert Y.

  • A good example of a sentence that combines both of these rules, intrusion rules, is, at the end of the movie, we'll all go out.

  • At the end, there is a Y sound, of the movie we'll all go out.

  • Instead of go out, we say go out with an extra W sound.

  • Number three, It's elision. And elision is when one sound just disappears. For example, next door, you would say next door.

  • So there is no T, It's just the D. Next door. Let's go next door.

  • Fourth is my favorite. And fourth is assimilation, and it's very, very, very American.

  • Assimilation means when two sounds blend in together and they form a completely new sound.

  • This often happens with T and J, which form chu together and with D and J, which form Ju together.

  • Let's look at some examples, very American.

  • Don't you. don't ya. If you wanna go even more American, say don't ya.

  • And you remember the song, "Don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me?" Don't ya.

  • Don't ya wish your girlfriend was hot like me. Don't ya wish your girlfriend was a freak like me. Don't ya.

  • Want you. Won't you, won't ya.

  • Meet you. So when you say, "it's nice to meet you." Again, If you want to sound British, you can just let it stay.

  • It's nice to meet you. You see? It's nice to meet you. Try and practice it with me.

  • It's nice to meet you.

  • So, it's a very common phrase, and you need to sound more like a native when you use it.

  • Did you? Did you? I cannot even say did you because nobody says it.

  • Did you? Did you? Did you? Would you? would you?

  • The last thing that Americans do is called germinates, and we've partly touched it in the first rule.

  • So this is basically when one word adds one letter, and the second word begins with the same letter...

  • And you will connect them together, and they will just one word. Good day.

  • It basically sounds just like one word. Social life.

  • It's a long L. Social life, but sounds just like one words.

  • Okay, these were the rules that would help you sound more like an American person and that would help you understand Americans.

  • My homework to you is to write down a comment below with an American song or maybe Canadian song that you use to practice your English.

  • So that maybe somebody who is still unaware of that song or is looking for songs to inspire them to learn English, would look through the list and select some songs.

  • So, write down below a song that helps you learn English.

  • Thank you so much for watching this video up to the very end. There is a subscribe buttons down here.

  • Please like this video if you want more videos about sounding like an American because this is something that I love doing in my life.

  • Because I moved to America, and I wanna sound more American, so that people don't get confused when I talk in some Russian accent or something else.

  • Uh yeah, waiting for your likes, waiting for your comments, and I will see you in the next videos. Bye!

Hey guys, welcome to my channel. My name is Marina, and I'm your English language teacher today.

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