In my work as an accent reduction coach, I understand why many of you hesitate to use contractions when you speak. ☹
You were told that contractions are too informal.
However….if you want your English to sound smoother and more American, you should definitely use contractions when you speak! ☝
Why should you use contractions when you speak?
Here’s the reason. ✔
Using contractions will make your spoken English smoother. Since you won’t be pronouncing every single word, you’ll sound less choppy to native speakers.
Using contractions will help you reduce & compact little words more effectively.
This will allow you to speak with a more American melody. ♬
Here’s a couple of examples:
- Would have → would’əv
- Would you have been there? → Would you’ əv been there?
- Could have→ could’əv
- I could have come over.→ I could’əv come over.
Once you master contractions you’ll be able to speak more quickly AND be understood…just as long as you emphasize your IMPORTANT words.
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I help international professionals working in IT, sales & marketing, finance and management communicate clearly and efficiently in the American English workplace.
You CAN speak American English well if you get some help. The fast & detailed feedback that I give my clients allows them to make significant changes in the way they speak.
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Thank you so much for all of the feedback, the assessment homework and your encouragement - It helps me stay motivated.
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