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Welcome to a new English Express episode. In this episode, we will talk about pronunciation and accent. We will talk about how to reduce the sound of to. Well, that might sound very simple, but trust me, stay tuned and you will find that it is not that simple. If you really want to sound like a native speaker, listen to this episode.
You can find the transcript on my website, englishpluspodcast.com. You can find the links in the description of the episode. And now without further ado, let's talk about how we can reduce the sound of TO to improve our pronunciation and accent.
So what is this all about? It is TO, it is very simple, right, but is it, is it always pronounced as TO? Not really. Unless you really want to stress it. You don't pronounce it like TO. We usually pronounce it like T, for example, today, we don't say 2 day or 2 night or 2 morrow or 2 work. We say t'day, t'night, t'morrow, t' work.
So the preposition TO usually reduces so much that it is like T, not really. 2. Okay. Remember, unless you want to stress what you're saying, if you wanna stress what you're saying, like when you say, I want to go to work, that is something else. That's something different. But in regular speech, we don't pronounce the full TO.
We reduce it. We say t'day, t'night, t'morrow t' work. T. You see only T. You can pause the episode and try to repeat after me if you want, but now let me give you some more examples. What about to school? Have you ever heard anybody saying 2 school, I'm going 2 school? No. Nobody says that, right? I'm going t'school.
I'm going t' school. What about to the store? Or we have to go now we have t'go. Not we have 2 go now. Nobody says that, right? You haven't heard it. It sounds weird. It sounds strange because it is. In regular speech. People usually reduce the TO. They say we have t' go now. He went t' work. They hope t' find it.
I can't wait t' find out. t' find out. Not 2 find out. Okay. We don't know what to do. What t' do. What t' do. Not what 2 do, okay? We don't know what to do. Don't jump to conclusions. Don't jump t' conclusions. Not, don't jump 2 conclusions. All right. What about Shakespeare's famous to be or not to be? You see, you heard me.
It's t' be or not t' be. Not 2 be or not 2 be. Nobody says it like that. So it is to be or not to be. He didn't get to go. He didn't get t' go get t' go, not get 2 go. That's not everything. You might say that, oh, but that's perfect. It's T, but it's not always T if that same TO follows a vowel sound, it will become, D, not T