English Pronunciation Practice: Reductions

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English Pronunciation Practice: Reductions Espresso EnglishMany English learners pronounce each word clearly, to get the pronunciation perfect – but native English speakers don’t do this.

Natural spoken English contains reductions – sounds that change and disappear when spoken at normal speed. This sometimes makes spoken English hard for students to understand.

Doing English pronunciation practice with reductions will help you speak more naturally AND understand spoken English more easily. Listen and repeat!


Most native English speakers don’t pronounce “to” like the number “2.” Instead, we say it like this:

going to –> “gonna”   

want to –> “wanna”   

wants to –> “wantsta”   


“A” is such a simple word, what could be difficult about pronouncing “a”?

In spoken English, native speakers often “attach” the word “a” to the end of the previous word:

Practicing “attaching” the word “a” to the previous word will help your spoken English flow better and sound more natural.


In informal spoken English, many native speakers pronounce “you” as “ya”:


The word “and” often gets shortened to “n” in spoken English:

Here’s more speaking practice with “n”:

Speak English more clearly & confidently!

English Pronunciation Practice: Reductions Espresso English

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