March 24, 2017

How to understand native speakers’ questions in English

Have you ever been unable to understand a native speaker over the phone? At work? Or perhaps, a stranger stops you on the street, asking about the time but you can’t get his or her question? Well, native speakers speak very fast and they use slang and abbreviations very often. If you are unfamiliar with their speech patterns, you are going to have some troubles understanding. Today, we at the English Chat will help you to understand native speakers’ questions better.

Are you ready? Let’s get moving!



  1. Whacha doin?

Means: What are you doing?

Pronounced as: WA-CHUH-DOO-IN.

Stressed on: WA

Native speakers tend to leave the “g” sound when they speak very fast so doing becomes doin or having becomes havin.

The word you is also quite cumbersome to pronounce so they just say ya instead.

As a result, “What are young doing?” can be said like “What r ya doin?”.

When they speak even faster, the “t” sound at the end of what and the “ya” sound are too troublesome. So they link them together and pronounce as “CHUH” or “CHAR” (without end ending “r” sound)

When you say it, you have to say it very fast and link every sound together.


  1. Whodoya like?

Means: Who do you like?

Pronounced as: WHO-DUH-YA LIKE

Stressed on: WHO

The word do is pronounced normally as doo with a long sound. When speaking very fast, native speakers change it to “duh” which is shorter.

Once again you changes to ya so we have WHO-DUH-YA.


  1. When did ja go?

Means: When did you go?

Pronounced as: WHEN DID JAR GO?

Stressed on: WHEN and JAR.

Besides changing to ya, you can be changed to ja like in this example.


  1. Wherezshe?

Means: Where is she?

Pronounced as: WHERE-ZUH-SHE?

Stressed on: WHERE

Instead of is¸which is long, native speakers use only a z sound (pronounced as zuh). Pay attention that this z sound is very soft and quick so do not stress on it.

You can also use it to say “Where is he?” as “Wherezhe”


  1. Whyde do that?

Means: Why did he do that?

Pronounced as: WHY-DEE DO THAT

Stressed on: DO

In this phrase, we group the word did and the word he together to make de, which is pronounced as dee (same as the letter d)


  1. (Bonus) Whataya want?

Means: What do you want?

Pronounced as: WHA-DA-YA WANT

Stressed on: WHA


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That’s it for today! It’s a short but extremely useful lesson. Next time you want to chat up the man or woman of your dream, maybe you can practice using one of these shortcuts. Remember that you can’t just hit the books with the phrases. You must practice them with another person so that you two can help each other listen and fix each other’s pronunciation. A good place to find a learning partner is right here, on the English Chat. Until next time!

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