Reduction of the word ‘OF’
1. Kinduh (Kind of)
The word ‘of’ seems like a simple word, but Americans can make it even easier to say by using reductions. In spoken American English, ‘of’ is often reduced to one sound which is similar to saying ‘uh’. For example, the phrase kind of can be reduced to ‘kinduh’. Let’s say your friends invite you to a party but you’re not planning to join them. In this case, you can say:
• I’m kind[uh] tired, I think I’ll stay home tonight.
Now, practice this phrase until you’re sure you can pronounce the words correctly.
2. Loduh (Lot of)
Loduh is the reduced form of the phrase ‘lot of’. In this case, not only the word ‘of’ is reduced to ‘uh’ but also the stop t in the word ‘lot’ changes to the flap t which is similar to the d sound. So, it nearly sounds like LODUH when you say it out loud. To give an example, let’s read the following sentence:
• I have a lot of friends in New York.
• I have a lod[uh] friends in New York.
When you read both sentences out loud, you’ll notice the reduced form is much easier to pronounce. So, now you’ve got the idea!
3. Ouduh (Out of)
Ouduh, which is the reduction of the phrase ‘out of’, is very similar to the previous example in that the stop t in the word ‘out’ is also changed to the flap t, and the final word ‘of’ is pronounced like ‘uh’. For example, when you’re about to leave a place, you can turn to your friends and say:
• Let’s get oud[uh] here. (Let’s get out of here.)
4. Sorduh (Sort of)
This one is the reduction of the phrase ‘sort of’. Let’s practice it with an example:
• “How was your exam?”
• “Um, I sord[uh] screwed that up. (I sort of screwed that up.)
5. Typuh (Type of)
Let’s practice the reduction of ‘type of’ with the following sentence:
• What typ[uh] milk do you want? (What type of milk do you want?)
6. Fronna (Front of)
Our final example is fronna, which is the reduction of the phrase ‘front of’. Let’s read the following sentence:
• If you pay extra money, you can skip to the fronna the line at the airport.
(If you pay extra money, you can skip to the front of the line at the airport.)
Bottom Line – Reduce the Word OF
Now that you’ve learned how to make reduce the word of in 6 phrases, it’s your turn to practice! Study more and don’t give up until you master your pronunciation of these phrases.
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