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Informal Contractions & British English Slang – gonna, wanna, gotta, gimme, lemme, gotcha

Daily English speaking is different from the English you read in books. Daily English conversation requires you to speak naturally. Most native English speakers make use of contractions in their spoken English. As a beginner in English, it sometimes becomes difficult to understand these contractions in English. This English lesson will cover commonly use informal English contractions with their correct English pronunciation and example sentence to help you speak English fluently with a natural flow.

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Informal contractions, Informal contractions are short forms that people use when speaking casually. They make conversations sound more natural and fluent.  English is a language of expressions. We don’t speak English, the way it’s written in books. Spoken English must have  a natural flow. Now, informal contractions are not exactly slang words, but they are a little like slang. They are normally used when speaking fast and casually, for example with friends, family and colleagues.

In this English lesson we will look at  40 commonly used  informal contractions to sound more natural in English conversations. I am Sara, Your English coach. If you are new to the channel, like, share, subscribe and click the bell to get notified for my new English lessons. Let’s get started.

Here’s the first one Ain’t, Ain’t  is the contacted form of  Am not, are not and is not

She ain’t hungry.

He ain’t coming to the party. Ain’t

Ain’t could also be used instead of  Has not and  have not

He ain’t done it yet.

Ain’t you ready, we’re getting late?

Wanna, wanna  means Want to

I wanna go home.

Do you wanna come with me? Wanna.

Wanna  can also be used instead of Want a

 I wanna coffee.

I wanna buy a new phone.

Whatcha, Whatcha, is the contracted form of ‘What have you’

What have you got there changes to – Whatcha got there? Whatcha got there?

Next up is Kinda which means Kind of

Alice’s  kinda cute.

It’s kinda complicated to explain. Kinda.

Sorta, sorta stands for  Sort of

She’s sorta worried.

I didn’t know you liked that sorta thing. Sorta.

Here’s the next one Outta, Outta means  Out of

I’m outta money.

I’m sorry we’re outta stock.

Up next is Alotta, Alotta  which means – A lot of

I eat alotta chocolate.

I have alotta free time today. Let’s hangout.

Next contraction is quite similar to the previous one Lotsa, Lotsa stands for  Lots of

He has lotsa money.

You have lotsa nerve to say that. Which mean you have lots of guts to say that.

Mucha, Mucha  is the contracted form ‘Much of’

It’s not mucha a surprise, is it?

There’s so much noise in here. Mucha.

Cuppa, cuppa, It means a cup of tea. In fact you find this word in the modern dictionary, It’s an informal British way to say ‘a cup of tea’. I use it quite often. cuppa.

Where’s my cuppa.

Hmmm. I need a cuppa!

Would you like a cuppa? Cuppa.

I don’t know, can be contracted to dunno, dunno

I dunno where is it kept.

I dunno how to cook.

You dunno? Surprising!

Lemme, lemme- it’s the contracted form of Let me.

Lemme help you with that.

Lemme figure that out.

Lemme take a look at that. Lemme.

Here’s another one Gimme, gimme means  Give me. Gimme, (laughs) sounds like someone’s name, isn’t it? Gimme.

Gimme the book!

Gimme some sauce.

Stop staring and Gimme a hand.

Tell’em, means Tell them, Tell’em

You should  tell’em the truth.

Tell’em to be there at 8 in the morning.

Cos, some people even say Cuz , it’s the shortened form of Because

I’m late cos, I missed my bus.

We failed cuz we didn’t study.

Innit? Innit? It’s the contracted form of   Isn’t it? It’s a question tag used to confirm something.

It’s blue, innit?

You are leaving tomorrow, innit?

I’mma , it’s commonly used instead of – I’m going to, I’mma

I’mma talk to the boss.

I’mma take a flight to London. I’mma

Another common contraction is Gonna,  which means Going to

 I’m gonna call you tonight.

I’m gonna meet Ava for lunch.

Needa, Needa stands for Need to, Needa

You needa learn this computer application.

I needa take a new job.

Hafta, Hafta means,  Have to

We hafta go to the market.

I hafta learn English.

Similarly, Instead of ‘Has to’ you can say – Hasta, Hasta

John hasta work this weekend. Hasta

Next up is Usta means  Used to, Usta.

She usta live in NewYork.

I usta ride a bike. Usta.

Gotta  means Got to,

I gotta complete this presentation. Gotta.

Gotta could also mean ‘Got a’

Have you gotta phone?

You can replace You with Ya

I miss ya.

Why don’t ya come over for dinner?

Here’s the next contraction – , shoulda – Stands for – Should have

You shoulda called me before coming.

Shouldna , stands for – Shouldn’t have

Similarly, Wouldna Which stands for Wouldn’t have

I wouldna done that, if I were you.

Here’s the next one – She’da which means,  She would have

She’da been prepared for test.

Coulda stands for  Could have

He coulda taken that job.

I coulda studied well.

Similarly Woulda mean Would have, woulda.

He woulda arrived soon by car.

He woulda married her.

Mighta, mighta stands for, Might have

You mighta left  your phone at the airport.

You mighta bought that car.

Next up is Musta which means Must have

She musta been in a hurry.

You musta been careful.

Dontcha  stands for Don’t you, dontcha

Dontcha see it?

I warn, dontcha do it!

And Wontcha means Won’t you

Wontcha come to the party?

Wontcha eat a burger?

Whatcha , Whatcha means – What are you

Whatcha doing?

Watcha upto?

Gotcha, Gotcha means  Got you

I gotcha!

D’you is the contraction for Do you

D’you like him?

D’you like cuppa?

Didntcha stands for Didn’t you

Didntcha like this movie?

Here’s the next one Dija, dija, which means Did you

Dija do it?

Dija pay the bills?

Layder, Layder  it means Later

See ya layder.

Or you could simply say Layder, instead of saying Good bye.

Cmon C’mon, Instead of saying Come on as two separate words you can say C’mon

Cmon, let’s do it together!

That’s all for today, I hope you liked today’s lesson. Use these contractions to speak English naturally. I will see you soon with another English lesson, until then. Keep learning, Keep practicing English Bye.

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