English Express | Pronunciation and Accent – Reduced Sound of To

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Learn expressions you can use to talk about knowing and not knowing things apart from simply saying, ‘I know,’ or ‘I don’t know’ in a new English Express episode from English Plus Podcast Network.


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Welcome to a new English Express episode. In this episode, we will talk about pronunciation and accent. We will talk about how to reduce the sound of to that might sound very simple, but trust me, stay tuned and you will find that it is not that simple. If you really want to sound like a native speaker, listen to this episode, you can find the transcript on my website English plus podcast.com. Better yet, if you are a patron, you will get exclusive episode series and resources to take your English and learning to the next level you can find the links in the description of the episode. And now without further ado, let’s talk about how we can reduce the sound of two to improve our pronunciation and accent.

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So what is this all about? It is to it is very simple, right? But is it? Is it always pronounced as to not really, unless you really want to stress it. You don’t pronounce it like to we usually pronounce it like to, for example, today, we don’t say today or tonight or tomorrow or to work we say today tonight, tomorrow to work. So the preposition to usually reduces so much that it is like to not really to Okay. Remember, unless you want to stress what you’re saying. If you want to stress what you’re saying, like when you say I want to go to work, that is something else. That’s something different. But in regular speech, we don’t pronounce the full two, we reduce it. We say today, tonight, tomorrow to work to see only to you can pause the episode and try to repeat after me if you want. But now let me give you some more examples. What about to school? Have you ever heard anybody saying to school? I’m going to school? No, nobody says that. Right? I’m going to school. I’m going to school. What about to the store? Or we have to go now we have to go not we have to go now. Nobody says that. Right? You haven’t heard it? It sounds weird. It sounds strange. Because it is in regular speech. People usually reduce the two they say we have to go now he went to work. They hope to find it. I can’t wait to find out to find out not to find out. Okay, we don’t know what to do, what to do, what to do? Not what to do. Okay, we don’t know what to do. Don’t jump to conclusions. Don’t jump to conclusions. Not don’t jump to conclusions. Alright, what about Shakespeare’s famous to be or not to be? You see, you heard me it’s to be or not to be not to be or not to be? Nobody says it like that. So it is to be or not to be he didn’t get to go he didn’t get to go get to go not get to go. That’s not everything. You might say that well, but that’s perfect. It’s to but it’s not always to if that same to follows a vowel sound it will become the not to not even to it will be pronounced like a de de let me give you an example. He told me to help. Now here I said to and I kind of stress it. But this is not the way to go. If you want to reduce it if you want to say it like native speakers. We don’t say he told me to help or to help because here after me which is he here which is a vowel obviously we say de he told me to help. He told me to help. It’s not a full Do you don’t pronounce the doer strongly, but it is more of a de than a tip. Okay, so he told me to help. She told you to get it. They get it. It’s not to get it. It’s big. Get it? She told you to get it. Now of course if you pronounce it on its own, it will sound strange. So you will have to say it all together. We’ll have to connect all the sounds together to make it sound natural. What about I go to work, I go to work. It’s not I go to work. It’s I go to work at a quarter to two. The only way to get it is the only way to get it is the only way to get it is nobody says this way of course. But you can say the only way to get it is you’ve got to pay to get it. You’ve got to pay to get it. Let’s go to lunch. Let’s go to lunch not let’s go to lunch. You don’t say to here right? Let’s go to lunch. So if you really want Want to make the most of this episode you can pause the episode as many times as you want and try to say these expressions after me try to pronounce them yourself try to get this accent yourself, you can do it. So that was everything I wanted to share with you in this English Express episode. Don’t forget to visit my website English plus podcast.com and check the great learning opportunities you can find there, there is the activity center with daily fun activities, quizzes and logic and math puzzles. And if you decide to become a patron on Patreon, there is a lot more available only to patrons like the daily audio courses and the exclusive audio series among many other benefits you can get when you become a patron. All the links you need are in the description of the episode. What are you waiting for? Take your English and learning to the next level and never stop learning with English plus podcast.com. Thank you very much for listening to this episode. This is your host Danny. I will see you next time.


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