Understand Americans When They Speak Fast

American pronunciation lessons

This past weekend, I was in Autrans with some teacher friends and we were playing a game called Bananagrams.

It’s a word game (like Scrabble, but more fun!), so I’m sure you can imagine that we English teachers were having a blast, having lots of fun.

As we were playing, I placed the word “Totem.”

Jane, a British friend asked me what word I had.

“Todem.” I said, with my American accent.

“That’s not a word. Totem is, but not todem!” (The difference is in the pronunciation—try it!)

That’s what I said “to-Tem”, I replied, trying to do my best British accent.

Clearly, my American accent meant that British Jane didn’t understand what I said. And we speak the same language!

If you have problems understanding your American colleagues, perhaps you thought that it was because English is not your native language.

But in fact, it can also be due to their American accent.

I don’t have to tell you that Americans don’t always articulate and that it sometimes (ok, often…) seems all the sounds run together.

It’s so frustrating, especially when you know that your English is decent.

But it doesn’t have to be so difficult, if you’ve got some of the “secrets” to understanding the American accent.

Of course, I can’t give you all the secrets at once, but this week’s episode shows you how to understand some VERY common expressions: “What are you…” and “What do you…”.

It’s one very useful secret. :-)

Don’t let the simplicity of the written structures fool you. When you read them, they’re extremely simple. When you hear them…well, that’s where it gets complicated.

This week’s episode will greatly help you better understand your American colleagues.


So, whuduhya think?

I’d love to hear from you. Did this video help you? Have you heard your American colleagues talk like this?

Leave a comment below and let us know.

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Have a fantastic week in English,

Christina


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