Connected Speech & Linking | American English Pronunciation
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Connected Speech & Linking | American English Pronunciation

Many of my students say they want to sound just like a native English speaker. I understand the desire, but my answer to them is always the same. The goal is not to be perfect, but to progress; to beunderstood when speaking and to be able to understand English when spoken naturally.
One of the most important aspects of pronunciation and listening is to understand that Americans don?t just speak fast?as many students believe?but that they connect their words andchange the sounds of words.


Connected speech allows us to speak:
In this lesson, we will focus on how Americans link words together.
**Remember, understanding the rules of connected speech will not only help you to speak better, but will also help you understand native English speakers.

Consonant + Vowel

When a word ends in a consonant sound and is followed by a word that starts with a vowel sound, the speaker should push that consonant sound forward and connect it to the vowel in the next word.


Consonant + Consonant

When a word ends in a consonant sound and the following word begins in thesame or similar consonant sound, you will only pronounce that sound once bylengthening or holding the sound. You do not say the consonant sound twice.


Listen and Repeat

Using these rules of connected speech, along with Adding Rhythm and Musicality to Your Speech will help you to be understood by native English speakers.



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