3 Tips for Sounding Like a Native Speaker
- Connect words
- Squeeze words
- Squeeze letters
– Whenever you find a T between two vowel sounds, it’s going to be a D.
- Water, Butter
– A T between an N, and a vowel gets removed.
– When you have an N then a T then a vowel, sometimes it becomes a glottal stop.
- or a vowel and double T and a vowel: Cotton, Button
– When you have a T or a D between two consonants it often gets removed
- Old man
- Most famous
– Assimilation is huge in American english
- Did you? -> Didja
- Don’t you> -> Dontcha
– Intrusion where we insert a new sound
- He asked -> we insert a /j/ sound
- R intrusion between vowels (some parts of the United States): Media attention
– Elision where w omit a sound
- t in the word ‘kept’ when it comes before ‘going’: kept going
– Take any noun you want and make it into a verb and you’ll sound more American
- Google: Let’s google it.
- Friend: I can friend you on Facebook.