Best Practices: How to understand native speakers' questions in English

Native English speakers generally speak fast and eat their words. Moreover, they speak as if they have chewing gum in their mouth.

Here are some examples of words we contract in conversation when we speak too fast. You can hear these words in music, movies, and business meetings:

  • Gonna = going to
  • Wanna = want to
  • Lemme = let me
  • Gimme = give me
  • Donno = don't know
  • Gotta =  must, have to

The challenge is to understand what native speakers say when they speak fast and eat their words.

In the video below, you will hear a short lesson on how to understand native speakers' questions in English.

Listen to how we contract specific words and form questions.

Source: engVid


  • When was the last time you heard people who spoke too fast in English? 
  • How did you manage the situation? 
  • What strategies or expressions did you use to help your comprehension?

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  1. loving the video this has help me alot.. now a day u just cannot understand this people.. thanx..

    1. You are welcome, Katlego!

      Thank you for commenting on the video and the article. I appreciate it.

      I agree with you. Native English speakers do not often understand how difficult it is for non-native speakers to understand and communicate. And native speakers often speak quickly and they do not articulate.

      Best wishes to you!


  2. I have been learning English for years now..But I am still struggling in comprehending native English. I can understand written English very well but the problem lies with understanding what native speaker says....

    1. I understand the challenge. I would suggest using to train your ears.

      Best wishes to you!