“GOING TO” or “GONNA”? (1B1)
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HOW DO THEY PRONOUNCE “GOING TO”?
Many English learners pronounce each word clearly, to get the pronunciation perfect – but native English speakers don’t do this.
Natural spoken English contains reductions – sounds that change and disappear when spoken at normal speed. This sometimes makes spoken English hard for students to understand.
Doing English pronunciation practice with reductions will help you speak more naturally AND understand spoken English more easily.
Most native English speakers don’t pronounce “to” like the number “2.” Instead, we say it like this:
GOING TO –> “GONNA”
Remember that gonna is only used in speaking. We should never write gonna (with the possible exception of texting between friends).
- I’m gonna practice English every day. (Remind students that they will see it written as “I’m going to practice…” because gonna is only used in spoken English.)
- Are you gonna go out tonight?
- He’s gonna do his homework.
- She’s gonna buy a new dress.
- We’re gonna play our new video game.
- Are they gonna go to Disneyland next year?
What are you “gonna” do at Christmas ? on New Year’s Eve?