Level Up English podcast episode 255 sounding natural linking pronunciation

Linking Words

Textbook English is different than spoken English, and a big part of this comes down to pronunciation and how things are said in real conversations.

You may understand English learner material easily, but then really struggle when it comes to watching TV or movies. What I discuss in this episode may be the reason why.

This is the first part of a series I’m going to do on pronunciation, and this episode will be about something called Linking.

Linking is when a consonant sound connects from the end of one word to the beginning of the next word. Listen to find out more!

Consonant + Vowel

When the last letter of a word is a consonant, and the first letter of the next word is a vowel, the consonant sometimes moves into the next word.

An elephant ➜ A – nelephant

An apple ➜ A – napple

Not at all ➜ No ta tall

Consonant + Consonant

A similar thing happens when both letters are consonants. Instead of saying the sound twice, it turns into one sound.

hot tea ➜ hotea

grand design ➜ gran design

best time ➜ bes time

Think of more examples? Or maybe you have a question? Leave them in the comments!

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