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British pronunciation video: common English contractions

Cilene has asked me to make a video to practise pronouncing “can” and “can’t”. Here I pronounce some common contractions in English with a British pronunciation to help you learn. Please see below for explanations and phonetics.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECa8EUFiC5E

 

Common contractions (simplified phonetics)

 

Can

Can’t               kaaant (“aaa” like at the dentist’s)

 

Do                   dooo

Don’t               dohnt

 

Is                     iz

Isn’t                 ih-z(uh)nt

 

I am

I’m                  eyem

 

I have

I’ve                  eyev

 

You have

You’ve                        yoov

 

They are

They’re            thair (like “there” and “their”)

 

You are

You’re             yoar (like “your”)

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