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Welcome to the Speak English Now Podcast, your resource for practicing your English speaking and listening. You will also learn about lifestyle and culture, language, vocabulary, and how to learn English more effectively.


Hi everyone!

I’m Georgiana; founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently.

In this episode:

  • I’d like to help you to understand how to use words like Gonna, Wanna, Gotta, and similar.
  • After that, a point of view story to practice your English and consolidate the information that I’ll be teaching you in the first part.

Ok, let’s get started!

Are you confused about how and when to use the words GONNA, WANNA, and GOTTA?

Let me start by saying that these three words are contractions.
What’s a contraction?
A contraction is created when two words in a row come together and become one.
For example:
I am=I’m
It is = It’s
Do not = Don’t
Will not= Won’t

These are some of the contractions which are accepted as grammatically correct and are taught in all English courses.

However, in this lesson, I’ll focus on informal contractions. These are not taught in grammar books because their use is mostly colloquial.

If you say going to really fast, you can shorten it to GONNA by dropping the final sound. If you say want to really fast, it shortens to WANNA. These are informal contractions.

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