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  • It's Day 14.

  • You know what we need to talk about?

  • How the word YOU sounds in fast speech.

  • English with Jennifer

  • YOU is an interesting word in fast speech

  • because it can change in more than one way.

  • In fast speech, YOU might sound like YA.

  • As in, "Ya know what?"

  • Or it might sound like I'm dropping the vowel sound altogether,

  • and I'm left with a Y sound.../y/...Y'know what?

  • The contraction YOU'RE can reduce to YER.

  • You're (yer) right.

  • And the possessive adjective YOUR

  • will do the same exact thing, as in, "What's your name?"

  • The T and D sounds before the word "you"

  • change in different ways.

  • T before "you" can sound like "chu" in fast speech.

  • As in... can't you / won't you / don't you

  • D before "you" in fast speech may sound like "ju"... a J sound.

  • As in... how did you / where did you

  • "You" can be said different ways in fast speech.

  • Many people reduce it with a simple scwha.

  • So T + "you" can sound like "cha."

  • Don't you...don'tcha...Don'tcha know?

  • D + "you" could sound like "ja."

  • Where did you...wheredidja

  • Or even "where'dja"...Where didja go? Where'dja go?

  • Note that similar changes happen with YOUR/YOU'RE.

  • So listen how the T and D change as I read these sentences.

  • However, many people would choose to read

  • THAT YOU'RE with a glottal stop. Listen.

  • This would actually be my preference.

  • I think the "thatcher" variation sounds more informal

  • and much more relaxed. I would use the glottal stop.

  • Listen closely.

  • I'll say a sentence.

  • You try to understand.

  • That's all for now.

  • Thanks for watching and happy studies.

It's Day 14.

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