Problems with w? Try using contractions!

If your language background is South Asian, Turkish, Russian or German you may be having problems with the American /w/ sound.

We use the /w/ sound a lot in spoken English so it’s an important sound to master.

However……

Using the contracted forms of will and would is an excellent way to shorten your sentences and avoid the /w/ sound.

Here are a few examples for the contracted form of will.

To use this form correctly, add a schwa before the /l/ sound. It should sound like /əl/.

  • it will         it’ll
  • It’ll be great.
  • there will    there’ll
  • There’ll be rain tomorrow.
  • what will    what’ll
  • What’ll it be?

Remember that it’s perfectly OK to use contractions when you speak American English. Native speakers do this all the time.☝

Using contractions is one of the best ways to make your spoken English sound smoother and more natural!

Speaking with contractions and articulating a clear /w/ sound are two strategies that I teach you in my Skype accent reductioncoaching program.