Reduced Speech in American Spoken English
Examples of reduced speech include: gonna, wanna and hafta.
Reduced speech isn’t sloppy!
You may have been taught that using reduced speech is sloppy.
I disagree with that idea.
Reduced speech is more efficient
When it comes to everyday speech, using reductions makes your speech more efficient. That’s because you’re not stopping to articulate every word.
Instead, you’re emphasizing the important words and de-emphasizing the less important words using reductions.
Reduced speech sounds more natural
Using reduced speech will enable your spoken English to sound more natural. Americans (whether they realize it or not) use reduced speech all the time.
Research on reduced speech
Here is a link to Nina Weinstein has done scientific research on the amount of reduced speech that Americans use. Follow the link below to hear her discuss this on the Voice of America.
Research on reduced speech.
About the author
Susan Ryan is the author of the ConfidentVoice blog and an accent reduction coach.