Speaking Day 10: Contractions

You’ve probably noticed by now that I’m obsessed with contractions.

I’m CONSTANTLY telling my students to CONTRACT – I’m, I’ve, I’ll, It’s etc.

I promise that this will make a huge difference to your Speaking score.

In today’s lesson we focus on contractions and weak forms for Speaking Parts 1 and 2.

Weak forms and short answers

Short answers are always STRESSED, FULL FORMS.

Notice the difference between the question form and the short answer form here:

Can you swim? Yes I CAN.

/kn/ vs /kæn/

Have you been? Yes I HAVE.

/əv/ vs /hæv/

Do you like it? Yes, I DO.

/dʒə/  vs /duː/

Contractions Part 2: ‘will’, ‘would’ and ‘going to’ for plans

When you use contractions in your speaking, you’ll be able to recognise them much more easily in the Listening. If you use fast speech features, it will make fast speech so much easier to understand.

In this Listening, for example, notice how the speakers says “I will” [it sounds more like ‘al’ or ‘ul’]. This is key to 3 of the answers here [Do the full Listening on Day 16 of the Listening Course].

Advanced Contractions: ‘they’re’ ‘aren’t’ ‘we’re’ ‘you’re’

How to check pronunciation of contractions

‘Native’ speakers often mis-spell 

  • ‘they’re’ ‘there’ and ‘their’
  • ‘you’re’ and ‘your’

because they sound the same in natural speech.

Why native speakers can’t spell

The different sounds of ‘j’

When // is ‘j’, ‘ge’, ‘gi’, ‘gy’ and ‘dge’

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