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  • Have you ever heard someone say shoulda? “Oh yeah, I shoulda done that!”

  • What’s it mean? In this American English pronunciation video, youre going to learn

  • about shoulda, woulda, coulda.

  • Shouldais a reduction ofshould have’. I made a video years ago about dropping

  • the H in words likehave’ – we do it all the time in spoken American English. But

  • inshoulda’, were going a lot further than just dropping the H. Were reducing

  • the AA vowel to the schwa, and were dropping the V sound. All were left with is the

  • schwa, uh, uh. Shoulda, woulda, coulda. Note that the L is silent in these words, and they

  • all have the UH vowel, as inbook’, where the lips flare a little and there’s some

  • tension in the back of the tongue as it lifts a bit. Uh, should, uh, would, uh, could.

  • Shoulda, woulda, coulda.

  • Let’s look at some sentences. I shoulda been there.

  • You coulda been hurt! I shoulda seen it coming.

  • I woulda been there. We coulda tried harder.

  • I woulda thought so.

  • Sometimes I pronounce these words like this, all the way reduced, and sometimes I make

  • a light V sound, vv, vv, vv. There’s no reason why I do it one way or another, I just

  • know that I do, and youll probably hear it both ways.

  • Now, you don’t want to try to write them this way, but speaking? Yes, do it. These

  • reductions sound like natural American English.

  • Shoulda, woulda coulda. Shoulda, woulda, coulda: these three words together is a phrase we

  • use sometimes to sayoh well’.

  • >> Man, I wish I had bought Apple stock ten years ago.

  • >> Shoulda, woulda, coulda.

  • Bonus: Let’s learn the negative too:

  • Should not have. Americans will say this: shouldn-uh. Drop the wordnotand just

  • make an N sound. So it’s going to sound like two or three syllables, depending on

  • how fast you transition from D to N: shouldn’t-uh. Right aftershould’, hold out an N: shouldnnnnn.

  • The tongue position for D and N is almost the same. Shouldnnnnnnnnnn-uh. Then just release

  • the tongue to make the schwa. Shouldn-uh, shouldn-uh. This is the same for couldn’t

  • have, couldna, and wouldn’t have, wouldna.

  • Let’s look at some example sentences: Shouldn’t have, shouldna.

  • I shouldn’t have said that. I’m sorry. It shouldn’t have started already. Shouldna.

  • Couldn’t have, couldna. You couldn’t have known.

  • We couldn’t have made it anyway. Couldna, couldna.

  • Wouldn’t have, wouldna. I wouldn’t have said that.

  • It wouldn’t have mattered. Wouldna, wouldna.

  • I hope youll now be more comfortable identifying these phrases when you hear them, and reducing

  • them yourself in conversation.

  • If there’s a word or phrase you’d like help pronouncing, please put it in the comments

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  • That’s it, and thanks so much for using Rachel’s English.

Have you ever heard someone say shoulda? “Oh yeah, I shoulda done that!”

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