Today we’re going to talk about 5 ways that you can sound more fluent and more like a native speaker. While it’s important to read your textbook, it can’t always teach you how native speakers pronounce phrases to sound more natural. Sometimes they don’t pronounce the whole word, sometimes they leave out words entirely. So, learning phrases is a quick, easy, and fun way for you to advance your English-speaking skills!
This is something that we say almost every day to everyone. You probably learned it in your English class as “good morning.” That’s not incorrect, but what I like to teach you are the little tricks and hacks that will help you sound more native-like.
When you say, “Good morning,” pronunciation is not very natural. Native speakers usually say, “Goo’ mornin.’” See how we don’t release the “d” sound fully? Try to sound this out to yourself a few times and see how it feels.
Also, notice that at the end of “morning” we don’t release that full “ing” sound. Most often, we’ll say, “Goo’ mornin’.’”
HOW ARE YOU
This is a common question that you also use almost every day to everyone. Just like with “good morning,” pronunciation is key. We want to have a nice, fluent flow and that means that we need to stress the stressed words: “how” and “you.” We also need to not stress the unstressed word, which is “are.”
In this case, we’re going to really say the first and the last words very clearly and strongly. Then, we’ll say the middle word very weakly. It’ll sound something like this, “HOWerYOU?” Notice how that’s different from, “How-are-you?” It’s also much easier to sound more fluent.
D’YA WANNA DO SOMETHIN’?
Next, let’s say you want to invite someone to do something. You want to be social and invite a friend or colleague to have a cup of coffee. We don’t usually say, “I want to invite you (to do something).” It’s correct English, but if you want to sound like a native speaker, there is another way to ask.
The way that we often ask each other is, “D’ya wanna do somethin’?” Let’s break that down. “Do you” becomes “D’ya,” and “want to” becomes “wanna.” So it’d look something like this:
“D’ya wanna grab a cup of coffee?”
I HAVE ANOTHER COMMITMENT
On the other side of the things, let’s say you can’t agree to this invitation. Instead of saying, “I can’t” or “no,” which can come across as very direct, I recommend that you say, “I’m sorry. I’d love to, but I have another commitment.” So this is a nice way of saying “no.”
IT WAS SO NICE TALKING WITH YOU
Finally, when you’re ready to end your conversation, don’t just say, “Bye.” Just like with saying “no,” that can come off as very direct and not so friendly. So if you want to sound more friendly and natural, here’s what you say: “It was so nice talking with you!”
Just the other day, I was taking my morning walk in my neighborhood and I was chatting with some neighbors that I saw out as well. I wanted to continue my walk after a couple of minutes, so instead of saying, “Okay, bye!” I said, “It was so nice to see you!” or “It was so nice chatting!” Both are different ways to say, “It was so nice talking with you!”
Many Different Ways to Say the Same Thing
I hope these five phrases helped you! Notice how there are different ways to say the same thing. Sometimes you might sound unnatural, but that’s how you learn! Most native speakers aren’t going to judge if you come off as unnatural or clunky. In fact, some native speakers can come off unnatural or clunky themselves. Just make sure you don’t focus on your mistakes more than your successes. Just keep going, keep watching, keep learning, and keep practicing.
Try using some of these phrases in your day-to-day life! Also, check out this video for 7 more examples of natural phrases to make you sound more fluent, more like a native speaker. Make sure to also subscribe to the email list for free English tips weekly in your inbox. It was so nice talking with you. Thanks for watching and have a wonderful day. Bye for now!