Learn Spoken English
When you learn spoken English there is one very important thing you
should keep in mind.
English can actually be
different than written English!
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Let's take a look at a few of these differences:
When native English speakers have a conversation they will not
necessarily follow the appropriate grammar rules.
For example, when mentioning an unreal
, you must use "were" instead of "was."
The following sentence is grammatically correct
"If I were
rich I would buy this ship."
In spoken English you could also hear the grammatically incorrect
"If I was
rich I could buy this ship."
Some words tend to be used in spoken English, and some in written
Here is a good example.
is a sentence you could hear in an informal conversation:
"I was so beat I had hit the sack early."
First, let's clarify what this means:
= an informal way to say "very tired."
= an informal way to say "a bed."
Hit the sack
= an informal way to say "went to bed."
Now, if we were to write this sentence,
would probably phrase it quite differently:
"I was so exhausted I had to go to bed early."
if you want to make this really pompous and literary:
"I was overpowered with fatigue and was obliged to retire early."
= defeated by someone or something stronger.
= extreme tiredness.
= forced to do something.
= go to bed.
Some words which are written in full in written English tend to be
contracted when used in spoken English.
- "You" --> "ya"
(For example, "I'll see ya tomorrow.")
- "Going to" --> "gonna"
(For example, "I'm gonna talk with him tomorrow.")
- "Want to" --> "wanna"
(For example, "Where do you wanna eat?")
- "Have to"/"Have got to" --> "gotta"
(For example, "We gotta go.")
- "Going" --> "goin' "
(For example, "I'm goin' home.)
- "Doing" --> "doin' "
(For example, "They are doin' it all wrong.")
- "What are you" --> "watcha"
(For example, "Whatcha doin'?")
These contractions are unacceptable in written English.
In summary, spoken English is indeed quite different than written or
formal English. And these are just some of the things you should keep
in mind when you learn spoken English.