I've got to (do something)

When you really want to do something and feel like you can't wait any longer, you say "I've got to ___":

I've got to get an iPad.

This is pronounced with stress on the word "got".

In casual English, "got to" can be written as "gotta" and pronounced as "godda". In that case, the stress falls on the first syllable, "godda".

This phrase appears in these lessons: