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The I’M GONNA Reduction — American English Pronunciation

The I’M GONNA Reduction — American English Pronunciation


In this American English
pronunciation video, I’m going to answer someone’s
question about reducing “I’m gonna”. Hiroya says that’s he’s noticed people
saying, instead of “I’m gonna”, “I’m’onna”. You’re exactly right. We do reduce “I’m gonna,” which is already a reduction of
“I am going to,” to “I’muna”. Basically, dropping the G sound. We don’t do it with any
other subject except I. Not you, not he, not she, just I. I’muna. We’ll even reduce it further, dropping the AI diphthong and
starting with the M consonant: Muna. There are certain phrases
that are so familiar to us, that we use so often, that we just
feel free to reduce them like crazy. This is one of those phrases. “I am going to”, “Muna.” Do you
have to do it this way? No. Reducing it to “I’m gonna”
is already a great reduction that will smooth out your speech. But if you have good ears
and you listen for it, you’ll probably notice Americans
doing this, just like Hiroya did. Let’s practice it: muna, muna. Lips start closed for
the M sound, mm. Then I drop the jaw a little bit,
everything is relaxed, mu-, mu-. Then you can leave the jaw where
it is, dropped a bit, relaxed, and just flap the tongue
against the roof of the mouth for the N, muna, then right
back down again for the schwa. Muna, muna. I can tell you right now, the
thing you probably need to work on the most is making your
second syllable ultra short. Muna, uh, uh, uh, muna. It should sound like a two-syllable
word with stress on the first syllable. Muna. DA-da. Muna. Let’s look at some example sentences. Muna see her later. Muna try that next. M’be a little late. Okay, that one I reduced even more. I just said ‘muh’, ‘muh-be’. Muh-be a little late, muh-be, muh-be. Yep, you’ll hear this reduction too. Muna graduate next year. Muna check. Okay, I’m going to just
improvise here for a second. I’m going to try that,
I’m going to try that. I’m going to transfer the
files when we’re done. So we have the reduction
“I am going to” to “I’m gonna”, and sometimes,
we’ll reduce it even more. I hope this has helped you
understand what you hear. Americans can get pretty
crazy with their reductions. If there’s a word or phrase
you’d like help pronouncing, please put it in the comments below. Don’t forget to sign up for my
mailing list by clicking here or in the description below to keep up
with all of my latest videos – it’s free. That’s it, and thanks so much
for using Rachel’s English.

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100 thoughts on “The I’M GONNA Reduction — American English Pronunciation

  1. Thank you so much Rachel's English. I learned a lot of English words and sounds like a native which I can use my American clients here in the Philippines 😉😉😉💋

  2. Hi, Rachel, I heard an actor said the word thing sounds like zing or something else in an episode of Charmed, and I also heard that they said if you like pju. Am I wrong in listening?

  3. I've noticed this reduction for a long time and i've wondered about it since I first heard of it. Thank you so much for this video and other useful videos that you have made. I have learned so much from you, Rachel. Many thanks to you!

  4. What are you talking about this is not a language do you call it reduction You Americans are destroying the ancient language of English

  5. What shall we call this new language ? It's definitely not English . This is English read this.
    This island's is mine, by Sycorax my mother, Which thou tamest from me . When thou came st first
    Thou strokedst me and maddest much of me.
    This is the real English that we are so proud with not that nonsense of (wanna or ganna or muna )
    OK you can talk the way you want BUT DO NOT CALL IT ENGLISH💂

  6. nice video… I'm an ALT here in Japan and I always visit your channel to improve my speaking skills. And also I share your channel to my Co-Japanese teacher and Japanese students for further learning. Cheers!

  7. Very useful. 🙂 I would never notice it if I didn't see this vedio. Haha… the more I study the more I feel that I'm not good enough. 🙁 let's keep it up!

  8. This lecture is well worth subscribing to it.
    I love this series particularly long vowel.
    I can’t thank you enough Rachel<3

  9. Dear Rachel
    Thank you very much for sharing this lessons You are the best teacher I’ve ever seen, the way how you teach just amazing, I just wanted to leave comment and thank you for all your lessons and useful tips!😍😇

  10. Hi Rachel.
    I had never seen your videos, I think are amazing.
    I am going to subscribe right now, and MUNA try to practice a lot.
    Greetings from México.

  11. Can we contract "wanna" or "gonna" at the end of the sentence like this: "You can come if you wanna." or "Is she going to come? – I'm not sure. Maybe she's gonna." ? Thanks in advance.

  12. I live in alabama, and I've basically reduced it to I'ma.
    1. I am going to
    2. I'm gonna
    3. I'm 'a

  13. You gotta be kidding me. Really!! Awesome. MUNA try from now on. Muna pay attention to it. muna immitate Rachel, the best pronunciation coach ever in the world never before ever again. Muna cry. You know what I meant, right? Thank you. Mina teach.. Bye.

  14. You're great reachel thanks a lot for helping us to speak english like a native american people.

  15. Ivonne lessinia Rodrigues me genes cansada con tus mensajes irrespetuosa ya no te soporto mas fastidiosa vulgar cochina

  16. Rachel I Love you and you excellents videos, you help me a lot tô improve mg pronnunciotion. My name is Marcelo I'm from Manaus Amazonas Brazil. Thank you for everything.
    Bey.

  17. I wanna know how to pronounce these words correctly:
    -Wolves
    -Elves
    -Leaves
    I know that they have voiced endings but it may be kinda tricky though.

  18. Great! The Google translator successfully recognized "muna" in phrases, even though I pronounce it with my Russian accent.

  19. Hello Is it possible to make reductions in the following phrase:
    ' Think we`re gonna make it ` ? I hear an intrusive /r/ sound between go--and– na ??

  20. Rachel:

    I'm a native Spanish speaker & I have encountered many native speakers complaining about us not pronouncing the "d" between two vowels as in "terminado" that we say "terminao". But native English speakers do the same in "madame" pronouncing it as "ma'am". "Th" in the English word "that" corresponds to "d" in Spanish. Americans say "You gotta buy them", but they really pronounce "You gotta buy 'em". Moreover American "d" (between two vowels) sounds like a soft Spanish "r", so when Americans see a "d" in Spanish they pronounce it like a "d" in English. It sounds very foreign.

  21. nossa muito louco isso, prefiro falar .gonna..creio que vou ser melhor compreendido pelas pessoas ..thanks for the tips professora Rachel

  22. it would have to:  this is hard to read.   please, show us how to pronounce these. always grateful for your lesson. thank you.

  23. It's really cool your videos, Rachel!! I was watching an episode of FRIENDS and noticed one of the characters (Monica) said "you're gonna" reducing it to "you're unna". Is that common? If that is, another suggestion of a video reduction.

  24. I now see the word “tryna” popping up everywhere in writing – a reduction of “I’m going to try” when did this happen?

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