Reduced Speech in American English
When American English speakers converse informally with friends and family they often use informal pronunciation patterns.
Pronunciation and accent reduction books refer to this type of language as “reduced speech”.
Reduced speech usually involves using the schwa vowel sound /ə/ for the vowels in reduced syllables.
Here are a few examples:
- want to sounds like wannə
- going to sounds like gonnə
- got to sounds like goddə
- have to sounds like hafdə
- has to sounds like hastə
Formal & informal speech
You probably don’t want to use reduced speech with your boss. That would be too informal.
However, you would want to use it with your American friends. That’s because using reduced speech forms will make your spoken English sound more natural and familiar to Americans.
Familiar vs. foreign
When your speech sounds more familiar, you’ll be able to make connections and win people’s trust.
I show you how to use reduced speech
In my American Accent Master Class, I show you how to use reduced speech in everyday phrases and sentences. Check out this online class and take a free trial lesson.
You can speak English in a way that sounds clear and familiar to Americans if you get the right type of training.
About the author
Susan Ryan is the author of the ConfidentVoice blog and an accent reduction coach. Contact her with your questions about speaking clear and confident American English.