How to speak naturally in English: Reduction Mistakes

Hello, everyone!

As non-native speakers, we always pursue the best pronunciation. Have you ever noticed how native speakers shorten their words when they speak with each other?

This is called reduction, and you may have already started using this in your own English. If so, watch out for some common mistakes when reducing words.

The expressions “I havta“, “I wanna“, and “I’m gonna” are examples of reductions. If you have never learned about reduction, now is your chance to understand native speakers better, and to become more fluent in English yourself!

Here is a quiz for you!


6 thoughts on “How to speak naturally in English: Reduction Mistakes

  1. Ewerton Paranhos says:

    Teaaaacher! i can´t describe how usefull this video is! I really enjoyed it. As the same way of the girls, I have not Known how to use it, and always i used to have doubts, but with this video i could solve! I appreciate the way this teacher say and teach. However, i have a doubt, do reductions only possible in informal speaking or can we use it writing? thanks, greaat video.

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    • mirellenascimento says:

      Hi sweetie!
      First of all, thanks for the contributions!
      It’s really rewarding when we learn anything new, huh?
      Dear, the standard is ALWAYS to keep reductions far from writing, especially because they are directed to speaking. However, it’s not hard to find examples in songs, or something like that. Artists have a special license to do it!
      So the best option is to use them for speaking/singing and avoid them when writing formally .
      Have an amazing day!


  2. Fernanda Pedrosa says:

    Hey Teacher!!
    I really liked this video because I didn’t know that there is a different form of reductions for “he”, “she” and “it”. I only knew “wanna” and “gonna”.
    Just like Clara said, I learned this reductions watching movies and series on TV, and also listening to music. It’s amazing how we can improve our English in such a funny way and I always want to keep my knowledge growing up.
    Xoxo 😚

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    • mirellenascimento says:

      Hi, dear!
      Actually, the reductions for he/she/it and the verbs “to want” (“wantsta”) and “to have”(“hasta”) are really different. This teacher (like all native ones) always has pretty cool tips for us to enhance our skills!
      The most interesting part, in my opinion, is to keep on learning, just like you said. Ways to do it are always available and a far cry from being obvious!
      Thanks for your comments!


  3. Clara Gomes says:

    I really enjoyed the video because I didn’t know the expressions ” Wansta”, ”Havta” und ”Hasta”. It was very good to understand how they say and use the reductions.
    I realized that we learn reductions when we watch filmes or series in English, but we just listen and don’t know how to write.
    In addition to this, I would like to say that I could’nt make lip-reading, I think the teacher’s mouth is very closed 😛
    Lastly, I just wanna ( :DD) ask you something about the quiz!! I don’t understand why the sentence “She’s gonna go to work” is correct!!!
    Kisses s2

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    • mirellenascimento says:

      Hello, dear!
      I’m glad to know you enjoyed its content! Learning English in such a natural way is fantastic, isn’t it? Besides, Ronnie is amazing! Here is the link for her lessons on Youtube:
      Reductions are exactly to be spoken, dear. They are not part of formal writing. Her way of speaking is very peculiar and it forces us to develop our listening skills!
      Now, let’s observe “She’s gonna go to work”. This is “going to” future.

      Structure: subject + to be + going to + verb


      Written and Spoken forms:
      Tina is going to read a book. – Tina is gonna read a book.
      They are going to get ready fast. – They are gonna get ready fast.
      Peter is going to go to that cool concert. – Peter is gonna go to that cool concert.

      Is that clear now? Please, let me know.
      Thanks for your comment!


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