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How to Pronounce “I have got to” + Thanksgiving 2011! — American English

How to Pronounce “I have got to” + Thanksgiving 2011! —  American English


>>This is my friend Lynne —
>>Ahem.>>Oh sorry.
>>Excuse me!>>I’m sorry. This is my best friend Lynne —
>>Thank you.>>and she hosted Thanksgiving this year.
So, in this video you’re going to see a spread of food like I’ve never seen before. And also,
we’ll study a little pronunciation along the way. In this video, there are many different things about American English pronunciation to notice.
I will point out three. They are all occurrences of the phrase “I have got to.” This phrase
will never be pronounced with that much time because there are words in here that are function
words that need to reduce and link. I will say this phrase once, and I notice that I
reduce it to “I’ve gotta.” [x2] My friend Lynne will say this phrase twice. She reduces
it to “I gotta” [x2]. When I say the phrase, I make “I have” a contraction: I’ve. “Got”
and “to” reduce to “gotta” [x2]. The T here pronounced as a flap T, or D, because it comes
between two vowels. I’ve gotta, I’ve gotta. Lynne reduces it further, dropping the word
“have” altogether. I gotta [x3]. Make sure when you reduce that you link everything so
there are no gaps between the words. For example, “I’ve got to say,” or, “I’ve got to see that
movie.” We’ll stop and take a look at these phrases when they happen in the video. This year we had some great side dishes: collard greens with bacon and maple, a wild rice and
quinoa pilaf, a green salad with beets and pine nuts, some bread, which I made, a corn
soufflé, and bacon-wrapped dates as an appetizer. But the star of any Thanksgiving meal is the
bird: the turkey.>>That’s a pretty bird, Beads.
>>Thank you! Ok. 160 … Here we’re checking the temperature of the
bird to make sure it’s cooked.>>170. Ok, it’s done. Yes! Oh my God!
Now she’ll make a gravy using turkey stock, and the drippings from the pan that the turkey
roasted in.>>Now whisking the thickened roux. Then I’m
going to add my homemade turkey stock to make a gravy. Yum. It’s a little chunky. Oh look
at that! Look how it’s, it’s, it’s happening.>>It’s becoming gravy.
>>It’s becoming gravy.>>Oo, it’s delicious-looking.
>>I sh—you know what I should add? White wine.
>>Oh yeah!>>See I’m cutting off right now the, the,
what’s that? It’s the thigh and the … what’s that called? Yeah.
>>Thigh and the what?>>What’s this called? The leg. The leg and
the thigh.>>What’s this called and the answer was leg?
You couldn’t remember the word leg??>>You’re making me nervous with your camera!
>>She’s been cooking all day long.>>I know, she has been cooking all day.
>>I gotta find the joint. Brian, help me. OK, did you hear that? I gotta find the joint.
Lynne reduced “I have got to” to “I gotta” [x2] Listen again.
>>I gotta find the joint [x3]. Brian, help me. Next, Lynne carves the turkey, and we all enjoy an amazing Thanksgiving meal. Pie is
the traditional dessert at Thanksgiving.>>We had three pies this year. We had pumpkin,
which I just adore. We have pecan, which is not my favorite, but I’ve got to say, this
one was really good. Did you notice? I just said “I’ve gotta.”
[x2] “I’ve gotta say.” Listen again.>>But I’ve gotta say [x3] this one was really
good. But I’ve gotta say, this one was really good. This was a good pecan pie. And then
we have this apple, which is just gorgeous, isn’t it? Here, let me rotate it so you can
get the inside. Gorgeous, gorgeous. After everyone’s eaten all the turkey and
pie they can possibly eat, there’s only one thing left to do when you’ve hosted 16 people
in a Brooklyn apartment.>>Man, uh, I gotta clean my floor.
And, for the third time, “I have got to” reduces. I gotta [x2], I gotta clean my floor. Listen
again.>>I gotta clean my floor [x3].
>>So, would you say that the dinner was successful?>>I would say so.
>>Yeah. Tell me a little bit about the evening from the Chef’s perspective.
>>Well, it started out a little rough because the turkey was not ready, which was frustrating.
>>It took longer than you thought.>>It took longer than I thought. BUT, it
was well worth the wait because it was awesome.>>It was!
>>And now I’m picking the carcass. But I think everyone had fun. And everyone got along,
which is good.>>That’s huge.
>>There were a lot of people that didn’t know each other. A lot of randoms. But, um,
food was good, and company was great, and everyone laughed, and ate, and was merry,
and grateful.>>That’s true. That’s what Thanksgiving’s
all about.>>It’s all about being grateful and counting
your blessings. That’s it, and thanks so much for using Rachel’s
English.


Reader Comments

  1. Awesome! Happy Thanksgiving!!!!! I love your best friend Lynne! She's so cute!!!
    Now, I gather there's no grammatical difference between "I've gotta" and "I gotta", and it's only a matter of choice. Is that right?

  2. great videos. I wish youtube had been invented when I was learning english, so I could watch all these fun and educational videos some years ago! Hello from Tehran, Iran.

  3. Thanks for the videos, Rachel. I`m russian and Im like a "big fan" of american accent. Dont really like english or any other ones, but here in Russia, we got not alot of materials to learn it by ourselves.Therefore I really appreciate what you do and I hope it`s gonna keep going.

  4. @TheNeinei1992 Always do a search on my website first! I have a video on contractions that covers 'll, and a how-to video on TH.

  5. Greetings from Mexico city! I appreciate your efforts, these videos are very useful. Thanks a lot. One question: what´s the difference between "I gotta" and "I have to". is the same? Muchas gracias!!!

  6. thank u a lot for everthing rachel !! jajaja =D I enjoy watching all your videos jajaj specially these new videos about real life in the environment of english language , there's anything better than learning english by this so funny way , I mean with u and all your friends in the videos , greettings from ecuador !! go ahead girl we love u !!

  7. What attracts me the most is how you bring in culture and mix it with your lessons to form a good and joyful kinda lecturer-material. You used deductive along with inductive approach. Well done.

  8. Hi Rachel, you look like you were bored just to help people!!! you are such as a great person! thank you. Have a nice day.

  9. Just stumbled upon your channel, serendipity. I've found many times when pronouncing every word has a specific desired effect, e.g., "Man I have GOT to stop smoking this year!" or "Dude you have GOT to be kidding?" This use may signal an adolescent slouch toward dramatic English, but nonetheless, it's a real phenomenon.

  10. how can I improve my English language my pronunance also not good.please could you send me some tips.many many thanks your video.

  11. Mabe it is a possible you come to China,and teach english,and what you teach,the title is "Native English",You may rich……..but it is just a kind of possible,it may be a bad idea too.In China English Education have a big market.

  12. Pls, don't eat bacon (pork)…Bible is against eating pork. I love Americans more than the rest of the world but IDK why are they eating pork although pork isn't food.

  13. Cảm ơn Rachel rất nhiều ! Tôi là người Việt Nam và tôi rất thích học tiếng anh từ video của bạn. Nó rất tuyệt ! ( thanks you Rachel verymuch. I am a vietnamese and i like to learn english From your videos Very much. It is great, fun and helpful. Thank Rachel!)

  14. I found out what thanksgiving meal was after watching this clip and I learned how to pronounce " I have got to".
    Thanks a lot!! you're the best~

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