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I have been fascinated to see so many people using "gonna" and "wanna." It is good to know pronunciations like "gonna," "wanna," "shoulda,""woulda," "coulda," "mighta," etc., because these pronunciations are used in informal English conversation, and knowing them makes it much easier to understand casual conversation. But to use these words in writing is extremely informal -- such words are mainly used in writing to replicate the sound of casual speech, for example in dialogue in a novel. So I have wondered, how are so many learners of English picking up these words? I am sure that no teacher is teaching them in English class!|
People might pick up these pronunciations from television programs, but how did they learn to use them in writing?
My guess is that they come from listening to popular songs in English, because many popular songs use very colloquial or conversational language -- incluidng in the written lyrics. My guess is that people look up the lyrics of English-language songs they like, and that is where they see words like "wanna" and "gonna" used in writing. Did I guess right?
I am not saying people should not use these words in writing -- on the contrary, such informality can be charming. People should just know that these usages are extremely informal. But I am still wondering how people learn them in the first place, since they would never be taught in English class.