June 20, 2015

Common Questions in American English

When people speak at their regular speed, which is often fast for non-native speakers not used to the US accent, everyday, simple sentences sound like a foreign language.  

In the video below, Ronnie teaches us some common questions used to start conversations and how they sound when spoken fast. Are you able to make out the difference?

A few other examples of how common questions sound different in everyday speech include:

"How are you?" becomes "Howya doin?"
"How was your weekend?" becomes "Howzyer weekend?"
"Where are you going?" becomes "Whereya goin?"
"What is your name?" becomes "Whatzyer name?" or "Whatcher name?" 
"Nice to meet you." becomes "Niceta meetcha."

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