Welcome to a new English Express episode. In this episode, we will talk about reduced sounds. So it's about pronunciation and accent. Exciting, no? And we will focus in this episode on reducing the sounds of In, an, & and you can find the transcript on my website, englishpluspodcast.com. And now, without further ado, let's talk about how we can reduce the sounds of, In, An, & And.
So let's start first with In. Now in is a preposition. You all know that when we say something, it's in the bag. What's wrong with that? Nothing's wrong, of course. And remember, as I usually say in our pronunciation and accent episodes, it is not wrong to pronounce them in their full pronunciation. You don't have to reduce them.
It is not obligatory. It is not something that is wrong, not at all. But if you want to sound more natural, you will need to reduce the sounds of these small words. Now, for example here, I just said it's in the bag now. Unless you are trying to stress that it's in the bag. I told you a thousand times and you keep asking me where is it?
And I'm telling you, it's in the bag. Now here, of course, you would want to pronounce IN in its full pronunciation, but usually we don't do that. We say it's in the bag. It's 'n the bag. So it's not, it's in, we don't stop and then say in, it's in the bag, it's 'n. You see here, we don't stress the E. We say it's 'n the bag.
It's in the bag. What's in it? Not what's in it, right? What's in it? So that's how you reduce in. Let me give you a couple more examples. I'll be back in a minute. I'll be back 'n a minute. You see, I kind of dropped the E completely. I said I'll be back in a minute. Back in, back 'n a minute. But remember, as I always say, don't stop.
Don't stop by saying, for example, I'll be back 'n.... a minute. That will ruin the whole thing. You should say it all together. You should liaise it. You should connect it all together to sound natural. If you stop, it's going to sound very strange and you don't wanna do that. If you're still having problems with this, it's better to give it the full pronunciation.
If you can't do it yet, give it the full pronunciation when you practice and you can reduce the sound properly and say it all together at the same time, just do it this way. It will sound a lot more natural, and it will give your pronunciation and accent an edge. I'll be back in a minute. This movie, who's in it?
Who's 'n it? Not who's in it, who's 'n it? He's in America. He's 'n America. He's in Africa, he's in Europe. He's in, he's 'n. You see that? It's not, he's in, he's 'n, he's in. It's just like pronouncing the N. The N, not in, not the whole thing. Since we talked about in AN becomes pretty clear because it's kind of the same.
We can say, for example, he is an American, but nobody says he is an American unless you are trying to stress on the fact that he is an American. Can't you understand that? He is an American, but if you are not doing that, you'd better reduce the sound of AN. He's an American. He's 'n American. I got an A in English.
I got 'n A in English. I'm saying here I got an A in English, but have you ever heard anybody say it this way before I got an A in English? Nobody says it this way. I got 'n A in English. 'n A in English. See, you might hear 'n A in English. What's that 'n A in English? 'n A English. It's an A in English. He got an F in Algebra.