Learn 1 simple tip to sound Australian in this episode of Aussie English where I teach you how natives often pronounce words ending in -ING as -IN’.
AE 290 – 1 Simple Tip To Sound Australian: -ING = IN’
Welcome to this episode of Aussie English.
I’m your host Pete, and today we’re going to be focusing on one simple trick to sound Australian.
So in Australian English, guys, and I’m sure other dialects in the English speaking world, we often pronounce the -ING on the ends of verbs and adjectives as an -IN’ sound instead of an -ING sound.
This is laziness on the part of English speakers, guys, where we’re not pronouncing these vowels in words that aren’t emphasised very well.
So we’re pronouncing them as an /e/ sound instead of whatever their respective vowel sound should be.
The sound is made by not moving the mouth very much.
You kind of just barely open it and make it sound like a zombie or a chimp.
What are some classic examples?
In Australia English you’re going to hear people say all the time, “How’s it going?”. “How’s it going?”.
So this is obviously, “how is it going?”, but it requires way too much effort to say it like that. So we say, “how’s it going?”.
Another example, “Whatcha doin’?. “Whatcha doin’, mate?”. “Whatcha doin’?”.
This is “what are you doing?”. But again, too much effort required, “Whatcha doin’?”, “Whatcha doin’?”.
One last example before we get into the exercises is, “Are ya kiddin’ me?”.
“Are you kiddin’ me”. And this is “Are you kidding me?”. “Are you joking with me?”.
And instead of saying the -ING, again, you’re going to hear say the -IN’.
“Are you kiddin’ me?”. “Are you jokin’ with me?”.
So let’s go through a list of the 10 most common verbs in English, and we’ll change these from, say, “Being” into “Bein'”, and then use them in a sentence.
Listen & Repeat:
- Being. Bein’. He’s bein’ annoyin.
- Having. Havin’. She’s havin’ a break.
- Doing. Doin’. I’m doin’ my homework.
- Saying. Sayin’. We’re not sayin’ much.
- Going. Goin’. We’re goin’ home.
- Getting. Gettin’. You’re gettin’ tired.
- Making. Makin’. She’s makin’ a fuss.
- Knowing. Knowin’. He’s all-knowin’.
- Thinking. Thinkin. We’re thinkin’.
And the last one.
- Taking. Takin’. I’m takin’ it off.
So that’s it guys. One really simple tip to change your English to sound a lot more like an Australian, and probably native English speakers elsewhere in the world. Change the -ING into a sort of /en/ or and “EN” sound that sounds more like an -IN’.
- Going. Goin’.
- Doing. Doin’.
- Taking. Takin’.
- Making. Makin’.
I hope that helps guys, and I’ll see you in the next episode.
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