Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Would you like to sound more American when you speak English?

Today we talk about four common slang combinations you can use to sound more like a native!


As with other people and languages, Americans tend to bridge words and speak quickly.

This can have the effect of shortening and even creating entirely new words.


Here are four slang combination-words that you are likely to hear when around Americans:

  • wanna (want to): “I wanna go out tonight.”
  • shoulda (should have): “I shoulda told the truth.”
  • gonna (going to): “He’s gonna go to a movie later.”
  • gotta (got to): “She says she’s gotta work.”


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It’s important to understand that these terms are more casual and should not be used in formal situations.

The best way to gauge how to use these or any other slang terms is to listen to native speakers and mirror their usage.


Learn more about American communication styles.

Get the key differences between American and British English.


Have you used wanna, shoulda, gonna or gotta?

There are other words like them in English — have you heard any of them?

Let us know in the comments section below!


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