If the goal is to make a positive social impression via your diction, you need to pay attention to every word that makes up your expressions. There are seemingly ‘little’ expressions that have the potential of determining how your speech is rated. One of such expressions is I am realised as I’m in its contracted form. Most people realise this expression as am* when they write and this has formed the basis for their pronunciation. The expression is I’m /aɪm/ (the pronunciation is like pronouncing the word ‘time’ /taɪm/ without the t). To effect this correction in your speech, practise saying the word time without the t as many times as possible when you wake up in the morning and during your lunch break.

i’mPractise saying I’m /aɪm/ alone ( I’m, I’m, I’m,…) at first, later use it in a full sentence (I’m happy). Do this every day consistently for two weeks. You will be surprised at how seamlessly you will start to use the expression appropriately.

Sentence Drill

(Say the following sentences paying attention to how you say the expression I’m)

1. I’m ready to go now.

2. I’m not available at the moment.

3. I’m the king’s cousin.

4. I’m afraid, I can’t go with you.

5. I’m relocating to London.

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