Tagged With: TS Cluster
You can reduce IT’S, THAT’S, WHAT’S, and LET’s to just the [ts] sound. Study this reduction in several sentences.
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>>I like that phrase. Ts’a good one.It’s a good one, it’s a good one. You’ve probably noticed that native speakers will contract it is and say it’s. So, that’s the IH vowel and the TS cluster. But of course, as I’ve just pointed out, we may also drop the vowel altogether, and leave it to just ts, ts. It is becomes it’s becomes ts. Let’s listen again.
Ts’a good one. [3x]
Other examples: it’s alright, it’s ok. What do you notice? It’s alright, it’s ok. The TS sound links directly to the next word, there is no break, and that must happen if we’re going to reduce it is to it’s or even ts. Ts’okay. So, it’s like the TS cluster begins the next word. Or should I say, ts’like. Ts’like the TS cluster begins the next word.
Try it: ts’alright. ts’okay. ts’funny.
What else can be reduced to simply TS? What is becomes what’s, can become ts. Take for example the sentence, What’s his name again? Ts’is name again? Notice how I’m dropping the H in the word ‘his’. This is a pretty common reduction. I’ve made a video on dropping the H. So, this leaves us with ‘iz’ – the IH sound and the Z sound for the word ‘his’. Notice that the TS connects right up into that. Tsiz, tsiz, ts’is name again, ts’is name again? Other examples: what’s going on? ts’going, ts’going, ts’going on? Or, ts’up? ts’up? I’m guessing you’ve heard that one before.
I said there were three words that could reduce to this. So what’s the third? That is becomes that’s, can become ts. So, you might hear That’s nice reduce to ts’nice, ts’nice.
So if all three of these words can reduce to ‘ts’, how do you know which word it is? Well, we’re talking about function words here, they don’t affect the meaning of a sentence, so you don’t need to worry about it.
Unless you have a very minimal accent, it’s probably best to pronounce the contraction: that’s, it’s, what’s. However, it’s good to know what’s going on when you hear it. Or, should I say, ts’good to know, ts’good to know what’s going on.
Normally, I would say, That’s it, and thanks so much for using Rachel’s English. But do you know what I’m going to say today?
Ts’it! And thanks so much for using Rachel’s English.
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