PODCAST- Sound like a native saying the phrase ” I have to”

Learning a new new language usually helps us speak in sentences and read or write in our new language. With advanced studying you can become pretty good talking to others in a variety of speaking situations. You may even be able to say words comfortably. But learning to sound FLUENT and more NATURAL will help you transform into a confident and intelligable speaker. You can do it!

Speaking English fluently means many different things. What does that mean to you? In my mind, being fluent is about talking without thinking in your native language. And sounding like an English speaker. I teach American English. Today’s lesson is about saying some words less. Reducing words. I don’t want this to sound sloppy. Focus on saying less sounds.  Today we are going to practice how to reduce words, specifically with the phrase “HAVE TO”.

Practice saying the word HAVE with some emphasis and reducing the smaller word TO.  I want you to practice saying these two words together. That means I want you to connect the two words together.  “Have to”  Do not take a breath in-between these two words. 

Pronouncing “HAVE” 

Say the vowel sound longer in this word  “haaaav”  Remember to say the final V sound (but do not focus too much on that sound.)

Pronouncing “TO”

The T in the word TO may sound like a “TA” or “DA”

Pronouncing “Have To”

When you put the two words together, HAVE TO will look like this “HAAAFTa” or “HAAAFDa”

Wow! Isn’t that crazy? Listen to this recording and repeat the practice sentences.

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