Do you want to sound like a New Yorker…like me?
Then use this common reduction: wanna.
We write: want to
We say: wanna = /wɑ-nə/
We write: I want to go
We say: I wanna go = /ay-wɑ-nə-gow/
As you can hear, the written t is not pronounced at all.
So, let’s practice sounding like a New Yorker.
Welcome to New York, everyone.
Visitors come here from all over the world.
They want to see and do a lot of things.
Many of them want to go to the top of the Empire State Building.
Some want to see the Statue of Liberty.
And these days, people want to see the brand new subway station at the World Trade Center.
And then, they want to visit the Freedom Tower.
And, of course, they want to go to the 9/11 Memorial.
Most people also want to go to Times Square.
But some people don’t want to rush around the city all day.
They want to take a bus tour around Manhattan.
And others just want to spend a leisurely afternoon in Central Park.
What do you want to do when you come to New York?
The word ‘to’ is almost always reduced in natural speech.
This is standard English pronunciation, not street slang.
Form: want to + stressed verb = /wɑ-nə/ + stressed verb
All the verb forms are pronounced /wɑ-nə/,
except: he…she…it: wants to /wɑn-stə/
The negative forms are all are the same: /wɑ-nə/.
We don’t want to go to New York.
She doesn’t want to go to New York.