How to Understand Native Speakers' Questions in English


Hello there everyone out there. My name is Ronnie.

Have you ever

Had someone a native speaker

Ask you a question

And you had no idea what they said to you?

I'm sure you have.


We as native speakers speak really really quickly

Especially if we don't know that you are not a native speaker

Because in Canada we have people from all over the world. There is not one person that looks

Canadian, so when we speak to people on the street or in a shop

We don't know that they don't speak or understand English

So we tend to speak very quickly?

especially when we ask questions, so

Today, I'm going to teach [you] how to understand native speakers questions. There are about three or four

techniques that you can use

With the question form the first one you will read in your [textbooks], or if you're studying

English the question would be what are?

you doing and

Then you come to a native

English-speaking country and people say what are you doing?

And you say what what are you doing?

What do you what are you doing? So you get your dictionary you go? What do you how do you spell woody? Yeah, woody?

Yeah, what are you doing doing doing?

doot-doot doing oh, I don't know no idea so

This is how we change it. What are you doing? We say?

What you're doing?

Hmm what?

What changes we drop t. We say wha?



These are the changes [that] we will make

In English when we speak very quickly we usually drop the g at the end of Ing verbs

So we say doing watch in having the other thing is


You [they] say [are] yeah?

It's just like [reading] are


the word yeah, so I can say

What are you doing, or what are you doing changes even more to what you doing?

Whatcha whatcha, what you doing?

Try and say that what you doing the trick is to say it all together

You can't say what Cha through in [esf] say what's he doing try that what you doing?

I'm honking my horn

the next one



Do you like you will never hear people say to you? Hello? Who do you like?

They'll say

Who do you like?

Who do you like?

Hooyah, Hooyah

[that] sounds like a new word who do you like so we changed who do?

you again, we change to yah, and

We actually squish who do you all?

Together say, Hooyah, Hooyah

Like Hoodia see who do you want?

So the verb stands on its own in the sentence which is easier

We actually pronounce this verb, but we squished all of these ones together

the next one is when did you go now as

I've told you you

really change - yeah

but sometimes we can change it to a



Did we keep the same do we say when [didja]?

When [did] you?

When did you go?

Again, we keep this and it stands alone, so instead of saying when did you go?

Native speakers will say when did you go?

When did you go try that when did you go?


Other one this one is easier. Hey, this is easy. Where is?


people will not say where is

she she would say people say where she

Where is she?

So it's like [would] completely take out this let me [put] in the z or

Z in American English we'd say where is she?

Where is she where is she where's he where's he?

Where's they where are they were they were they next one? Why did he do [that]?

We're going to connect


These two together so we don't say why did he would say why did he?

The did he changes to d y d y?

D do that why'd he do that? [why'd] [he] do that?

So I encourage you [to] practice

saying these phrases if


Cannot say them perfectly do not worry

The important thing is that you?


When people ask you the question for you to be able to actually say these phrases

really quickly it will take practice, but [you] can try if

You can keep on practicing these maybe you can speak into a digital

Recorder or tape recorder and listen to yourself [a] lot [of] people ask me Ronnie

How can I improve my pronunciation?

the best thing to do is

get a lot of words that you want to listen to or you want to try to say and

Record your voice so that you know

What you sound like?

This will help you you can listen to it and go oh, oh that sounds strange, or yes that was

So I hope you had a great time

What did you do in the weekend? Tell me till next time. Bye. Bye