How to Ask Fast and Natural Sounding Questions in English

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You've probably learned by now that spoken English is a bit different than written English. As you learn English, you learn how to write it properly, and how to speak it slowly. Native English speakers tend to compress their sentences though when they speak at a normal rate. Sometimes a whole sentence sounds like one long word! In this English lesson I'll go over the common, proper structure for forming questions, and then I'll let you know how I would actually say these in a regular English conversation. I'll be sure to give you the format for questions starting with: Where, What, How, Why, and When. Even though these questions will be about a trip, they can be adapted for any situation. So take the time to enjoy this free English class. Watch it a few times and try to shadow me (repeat after me) when I ask the questions and give the responses so that you can train yourself to sound a bit more natural when having an English conversation. Have a great day! βŒ› Remember: Always watch the video three times. Twice today with English subtitles on, and once tomorrow with the English subtitles off. This will reinforce the English you have learned! -- βœ… This video edited by Ember Productions: https://audreyember.com Thanks Audrey! -- βœ… Support Me and Get These Members Only Perks: πŸ˜€πŸ’² If you would like to become a member of my channel here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZJJTxA36ZPNTJ1WFIByaeA/join Becoming a member at every level has these benefits and perks: 1) For 10 minutes during each live stream you will be able to participate in the "Members Only" chat. 2) A cool crown beside your name during live streams and when making comments on videos. 3) Your name in green during live stream lesson chat. 4) You will have access to a members only video each Wednesday called, "Wednesdays with Bob". These are behind the scenes bonus videos with full English transcripts for your listening practice. 5) A full transcript for every Tuesday video. βœ… Join now to receive these perks: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZJJTxA36ZPNTJ1WFIByaeA/join I really appreciate those you that have chosen to thank me in this way! Please only support me if you can afford it! If you prefer to support me via Patreon, here is a link to that page: https://www.patreon.com/bobthecanadian Thank you for your generosity! -- βœ…SEND ME A POSTCARD: Bob the Canadian P.O. Box 419 Smithville, Ontario Canada L0R2A0 -- TAKE YOUR ENGLISH CONVERSATIONS TO THE NEXT LEVEL: βœ…Talk to a real English tutor / teacher at preply: http://tracking.preply.com/SH2X (This is an affiliate, signing up for this service helps support my channel). -- FOLLOW ME: βœ… I have a second Youtube channel right here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmW5tmKIBrryNf5n-_A6Fmw βœ… P.S. If you are interested I have created a podcast of my shorter English lessons. It is right here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1310116 -- #englishlesson #learnenglish #bobthecanadian **Note: All images used under: CC0 License βœ“ Free for personal and commercial use βœ“ No attribution required From pexels.com or pixabay.com

Instruction

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A lot of people who are learning English will say,
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English speakers speak way too quickly.
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I can read English and understand it,
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but when I listen to an English speaker
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speaking at normal speed,
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sometimes I can't understand what they're saying.
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And yes, we're definitely guilty of that.
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Although I betcha you're guilty of doing that
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in your own language as well.
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In this English lesson, what I'm going to do
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is I'm going to show you five different English questions.
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I'll show you how we would write those English questions,
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how we would say them slowly and properly,
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and then I'll teach you how we actually say them
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when we have an English conversation
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with another English speaker.
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(upbeat music)
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All of the questions and responses
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that I'm going to teach you today
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are from a pretend conversation between two people,
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and one of those people is going on a trip.
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So here's the first question you might hear
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in a conversation like that.
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One person might say, where are you going?
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Where are you going?
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They want to know, what's the destination for this trip?
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So that's the way we would write it.
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That's the way we would say it
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if we said it very slowly and carefully.
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We would say, where are you going?
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But there's actually two faster versions.
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We would say, where're ya goin'?
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Where the word "are" gets shortened,
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we almost drop the A off,
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and combine it with the question word where,
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and we drop the G off going.
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Where're ya goin'?
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But there's an even faster version as well.
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We might get rid of the word "are" completely,
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and just say, where ya goin'?
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Notice as well, the word you becomes ya
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when we say it really quickly.
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So slow version, where are you going?
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Fast version, normal version in an English conversation,
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where're ya goin'?
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And then how would we answer this?
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Well, we would say, I am going to England,
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if that was the destination.
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But what's the fast way we would say, I'm goin' t'England.
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Notice how the word going,
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well, first of all, I am became I'm.
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Going, became goin', we dropped the G.
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And to England becomes t'England.
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I'm goin' t'England.
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So we kind of crunched that sentence way down.
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So that's your first question and response.
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Let's move on to the next one.
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The next question you might hear
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in this conversation would be the question,
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how are you going to get there?
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Maybe you're in Europe,
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and you can take a car, or a train, or a plane.
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Someone might ask, how are you going to get there?
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So that's the slow, careful version of the question.
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How would we say it faster?
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We would actually say this.
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How ya gonna get there?
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So instead of saying, how are you going to,
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we say how ya gonna.
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Notice you turned into ya,
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and going to turned into gonna.
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How ya gonna get there?
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So the long version, how are you going to get there?
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The short version, how ya gonna get there?
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By the way, the second sentence up here,
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this is kind of just Bob's spelling.
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This is Bob English.
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This isn't any official way to write fast sentences,
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but it just gives you an idea
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of how you would say the sentence quicker.
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So how would you respond to that sentence?
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You would probably say something like,
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I am going to take a plane.
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And if we sped that up, you would say,
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I'm gonna take a plane.
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Slow version, careful version,
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I am going to take a plane.
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Normal, fast version, I'm gonna take a plane.
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Notice we've combined I am into I'm,
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and going to into gonna once again.
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So the full question, how you gonna get there?
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And the answer, I'm gonna take a plane.
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The next question you might hear
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in a conversation about a trip
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is what are you going to do there?
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If you're going on a trip, you probably have plans.
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There's something you are going to do.
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So the long slow version would be,
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what are you going to do there?
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But in an actual conversation, you would hear this.
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What're ya gonna do there?
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Notice how, what are you going to do there
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becomes what're ya gonna do there?
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It really, really gets sped up.
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A lot of things get crunched together.
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So instead of what are you,
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it gets crunched into like, what're ya, what're ya.
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What're ya gonna do there?
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Going to becomes gonna again.
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Definitely that sentence is very, very compressed.
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But how would you answer?
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You would say something like this.
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I am going to visit London,
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and the fast version, I'm gonna visit London.
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So notice, and by the way, I'm not speaking extra fast.
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That's literally how fast I would say it.
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I would say, what are you gonna do there?
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And the answer would be, I'm gonna visit London.
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The next question you might hear in a conversation like this
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would be, why are you going to England?
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Someone just might be curious,
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why are you going on this trip?
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Why are you going to England?
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But how would we say that question at normal speaking speed?
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We would say, why'r'ya goin' t'England?
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Why'r'ya goin' t'England?
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Why'r'ya goin' t'England?
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We really compressed that sentence
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almost down into one word.
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Why'r'ya goin' t'England?
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Why'r'ya goin' t'England?
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And the response would be this.
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I want to see Big Ben.
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And the fast version of that answer would be this.
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I wanna see Big Ben.
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When you say want to,
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and you say it quickly, it becomes wanna.
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So, why are you going to England?
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Why'r'ya goin' t'England?
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I want to see Big Ben.
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I wanna see Big Ben.
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We've used almost all the question words, except for when.
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So let's do a question with the word when.
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We could say, when are you leaving?
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So when someone goes on a trip,
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it's nice to know when they are leaving.
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So the slow, careful version,
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when are you leaving becomes, when'r'ya leavin'?
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When'r'ya leavin'?
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So again,
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we compressed that whole question down almost into one word.
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When are you leaving?
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When'r'ya leavin'?
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And the response could be something like this.
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I am leaving next week, or I'm leavin' next week.
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Again, we often drop the G's when we have ing,
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and I am becomes I'm, the contraction.
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When are you leaving?
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I am leaving next week.
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When'r'ya leavin'?
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I'm leavin' next week.
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Well, thank you so much
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for watching this little English lesson
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where I tried to speak slowly,
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and then I tried to speak quickly at a normal rate,
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the speed that an English speaker would use
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in everyday conversation.
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I hope you can go now, and practice those fast sentences,
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and kind of improve your ability
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to sound more and more natural when you speak English.
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Anyways, I'm Bob the Canadian, thanks for watching.
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