Why most English Learners don’t understand Native Speakers?

Why most English Learners don’t understand Native Speakers?


Sound Morphing/ Connected Speech

Sound morphing is how native speakers cut, mix, and leave out words and sounds when speaking. This is one of the biggest reasons why most English learners don’t understand native speakers. Learning this is not as hard as you might think.

While most people believe that the reason they don’t understand us is because we speak too fast or with too much slang, there is little or no truth to this. You have such a hard time understanding us because we cut, mix, and run our words together, and this is something 99% of English learners never have the opportunity to learn in school.

Let’s start by demonstrating this with a few quick examples of how the English language is really spoken versus how people learn it. I will repeat the same sentence first naturally, then mechanically, then naturally again.

A. How native speakers really speak (only listen)
B. Textbook pronunciation (listen and read):
What are you going to get when you go to the store tonight with the wife and kids?
C. How native speakers really speak (listen and read)-
Wha-da-yagonna get when ya go-da-the store-danightwi-the wife ‘n kids?

This is how we really speak, and the objective of this lesson is to help you open your mind to the fact that sound morphing is EVERYWHERE in the spoken English language. If you learn to understand and use these, it will help your fluency a lot.


10 common examples of sound morphing:

  • What are you= whatcha/whatch-ya- What are you doing? (wha-tchyadoin’?/Wha-da-yadoin’?)
  • What did you= “wha-djya”- What did you do today? (“wha-djya do-daday”)
  • What do you= “wha-da-ya”- What do you think? (“wha-da-ya think?”)
  • Going to= gonna
  • Want to= wanna
  • Got to= gotta
  • Should have= shoulda
  • Could have= coulda
  • Would have= woulda
  • Give me= gimme
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