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  1. Nightmare85's Avatar
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    #1

    Let you, beat you

    Hello,
    How would you pronounce these sentences (the marked parts)?
    I will never let you down.
    I will beat you up.
    You can beat him up.


    I like to say it this way:
    [letchu]
    [beatchu]
    [beatchim] -> although it sounds strange

    I often hear such pronunciation in songs.
    Is it very uncommon, or is it normal?
    Does it belong to slang?

    Thanks

    Cheers!

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    #2

    Re: Let you, beat you

    OK except "beat him" = "beatim". Not uncommon in any language to "blend" two or more words.

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    #3

    Re: Let you, beat you

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    How would you pronounce these sentences (the marked parts)?
    I will never let you down.
    I will beat you up.
    You can beat him up.

    I like to say it this way:
    [letchu]
    [beatchu]
    [beatchim] -> although it sounds strange (I'm not sure)

    I often hear such pronunciation in songs.
    Is it very uncommon, or is it normal?
    Does it belong to slang?

    Thanks

    Cheers!

    NOT A NATIVE SPEAKER

    maybe, You're right !
    I think they're not slang.
    just check them all in www.slangsite.com

  3. Raymott's Avatar
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    #4

    Re: Let you, beat you

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    How would you pronounce these sentences (the marked parts)?
    I will never let you down.
    I will beat you up.
    You can beat him up.


    I like to say it this way:
    [letchu]
    [beatchu]
    [beatchim] -> although it sounds strange

    I often hear such pronunciation in songs.
    Is it very uncommon, or is it normal?
    Does it belong to slang?

    Thanks

    Cheers!
    This comes under the category of "speech sounds that occur normally when you speak the language spontaneously". An attempt to artificially duplicate such natural inclusions and omissions usually leads to less clear language - to me at least.
    Many people actually say "letyou" and rarely "letchu".

    My point is that a person with a German accent (for example) who says "letyou" will be more understandable than one who says "letchu", unless s/he has achieved a level of spoken English in which "letchu" becomes a natural unselfconscious production of speech.

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