English Liaisons - Part 1

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When you’re learning how to speak English, there are some words and phrases that you’ll hear native speakers of English use every day that aren’t found in any dictionary.

You may be thinking that I’m talking about slang, but actually I’m talking about liaisons.

Liaisons are words and phrases that change their pronunciation when you squish them together.

The first example of a liaison that I’d like to share with you is godda.

Godda is a word that you will never see in any dictionary but it is used by millions of people every day.

This is one of the most popular liaisons in English. When you scrunch got and to together, the t  sound in got becomes a d sound and the two words together are pronounced godda.

In a lot of the liaisons in English you’ll notice that the t sound becomes a d sound.

For example, in the sentence, “What are you doing?”, What and are will be scrunched together and become wadar?

Wadar you doing?

In the video above you’ll learn some more liaisons which will help you to improve your listening comprehension in English.

Examples of liaisons

Got to


Get out of


I have to go. (I have got to go.)

I godda go.

I have to get out of this contract

I godda gedoudda this contract.

Originally published on February 26th, 2023

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