While speaking to Chinese Speakers, I sometimes notice that words are left out of a sentence. I have also read this thread on Chinese Contractions. When longer phrases are shortened in Chinese is this the same thing as a contraction? I know I have heard of this but I cannot seem to recall one at the moment. Are there some common examples of 缩约?
Actually, when you speak really fast, 缩约 is necessary.
It would be more natural to speak 'duo shao qian' as 'duo ao qian'.
Accent take a crucial part here. People From south china (e.g., Guangdong) speak quite 'clearly', but we don't think it nice or sweet. In fact, it sounds strange.
When longer phrases are shortened in Chinese is this the same thing as a contraction?
No. Contraction is more about a natural way to speak, while shortening a phrases is something like 'LOL' or 'BTW' in english.
Are there some common examples of 缩约?
知道(zhi dao) -> 'zao'
不知道(bu zhi dao) -> 'bu dao' -----> here, 'zhi' is missed out because it's kind of hard to pronounce.
Something like 'zh' or 'sh' is more likely to be ignored or simplified as 'z' or 's' in real world. BTW, these contractions are not encouraged especially when your Chinese is not that good. It seems to be cute, but it could be confusing and unpredictable somehow.