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10 colloquialisms in English, knowledge of which is indispensable

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Real English is not at all the same as in textbooks. Speech of native speakers is natural and consists of a lot of abbreviations. Here are ten of them, without knowing which you, in your opinion Lifehacker can not do.

1. Gonna

| ˈꞬɑː.nə | = going to - going to do something.

We're gonna get married. = We're going to get married. - We're going to get married.

The gonna version sounds a lot easier. Moreover, you can omit the verb to be (we gonna get married), if, of course, your internal censor allows it.

2. Wanna

| ˈWɑː.nə | = want to / want a - want to do something / want something.

The abbreviation wanna is used in two ways: when we want to do something and when we just want something. In both cases, wanna is used instead of want to and want a:

  • Do you wanna come to my place for dinner? = Do you want to come to dinner? - Want to have dinner with me?
  • I wanna birthday party. = I want a birthday party. - I want a birthday party.

3. Gimme

| ˈꞬɪm.i | = give me - give me / give me.

This acronym is familiar to many from the song. Gimme More Britney Spears and ABBA band compositions. For friendly communication, it is appropriate to say:

Oh, come on, Pat, gimme a break. - Oh, Pat, that's enough! Give a break!

4. Lemme

| ˈLɛmɪ | = let me - let me.

The abbreviation lemme is consonant with gimme, used as follows:

Lemme take care of her. = Let me take care of her. - Let me take care of her.

5. Kinda

| ˈKaɪ.ndə | = kind of - type / view of something; like, like, to some extent.

Very frequent conversational abbreviation. Basically, kinda is used in two cases. First, when you need to say or ask about a variety of something:

What kinda music do you like? = What kind of music do you like? - What kind of music do you like?

And a more colloquial version, for which kinda sounds more appropriate than kind of. Here are some examples:

  • Actually, that's kinda cool. - Actually, it's kind of cool.
  • Well, I kinda like someone. - Well, I kind of like someone.

6. Sorta

| sɔːrtʌ | = sort of - sort of, sort of, like.

Similar to kinda:

  • She's sorta out on her own. “She seems to be on her own.”
  • That's sorta their thing. - It's like their chip.

7. Ain't

| eint | = am / is / are not; have / has not - negative particle "not".

This abbreviation is useful to know, but not recommended. Carriers it is recognized too informal, colloquial. You may think that ain't came from American slang, but in fact its roots go much deeper - right in London Cockney.

Ain't quite emotional, so often found in various songs. From recent recall Ain't your mama Jennifer Lopez:

I ain't gon 'be cooking all day, I ain't your mama! = I'm not your mama. - I'm not going to cook all day, I'm not your mom!

8. A lotta

| eˈlɑːtə | = a lot of - a lot of things.

Like all of the abbreviations listed above, a lotta turned out in the process of rapid pronouncing and merging sounds. It is very popular, and you just need to know it! And to use it like this:

Hey, you askin 'a lotta questions. = Hey, you're asking a lot of questions. - Hey, you ask a lot of questions.

And in the case of the plural, instead of lots of we can say lotsa:

I have lots of computer games. = I have lots of computer games. - I have a lot of computer games.

9. Dunno

| dəˈnoʊ | = do not know - I do not know.

So casually you can answer the question in an informal setting.

Dunno, Mike, do whatever you like. = I don’t know, Mike, do whatever you like. “I don't know, Mike, do what you want.”

You can use dunno with a pronoun, and without.

10. Cuz

| kɔːz | = 'coz =' cos = 'cause = because - because.

Apparently, it is difficult to articulate not only English learners, but also native speakers themselves. Otherwise, why so mock the word?

I like him cuz he's pretty. = I like him because he's pretty. - I like him because he is pretty.

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