Pronunciation Focus: 'Gonna': American English


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Summary (prepared by human):

In this American English pronunciation video, we're going to take some footage from real-life English conversation and focus on just one topic. Watch this video a few times. Repeat along with it, and you'll get more comfortable using this concept in your own speech. Today's concept is 'gonna'. Now, it's not appropriate to write 'gonna' in written communication. But in spoken English, reducing 'going to' to 'gonna' is very much so an acceptable practice. Let's look at some example phrases. Ok, now I'm going to ask you another question. Ok, now I'm going to ask you another question. Pretty fast, but also, very connected. And it's important to learn to speak with really connected speech. So, let's break it down. First, the word we're studying here: 'gonna'. Reducing 'going to' to simply 'gonna'. Gonna -- repeat with me. Gonna. Gonna. Now I'm gonna. Notice how the last sound of 'now', a diphthong, links directly into the beginning of the word I'm, also a diphthong. No break or lift there. Now I'm, now I'm, now I'm gonna. Ok, now I'm gonna.