Accent Reduction online by Judy Tobe

American English Pronunciation: Linking

When I start to work with clients their first inclination is to pronounce every word distinctly and clearly which makes them sound very robotic.  They soon learn that English speakers link words together, which results in speech that flows and is not choppy.

There are several rules regarding linking:
1.       The consonant + consonant rule:
When a word ends with a consonant and the next word begins with the same sound, pronounce that sound only one time.


Jack went to the seminar.  --> Jack wento the seminar.
He has poor time management skills. --> He has poor timanagement skill.
We like cookies. -> We likookies.
Does Bob still live in Florida? --> Does Bob stillivin Florida?
She saw both therapists for her injury. --> She saw botherapists for herinjury.
2.       The consonant  + vowel rule:

When a word ends with a consonant and the next word begins with a vowel, link the consonant to the vowel


1.       I'm available to do your workshop. --> I'mavailable to do your workshop.
2.       Both offices are in Boston. --> Bothofficesarein Boston.
3.       Can it be completed on time? --> Canit be completedon time?
4.       Call a doctor. --> Calla doctor.
5.       Save it for dessert. Savit for dessert.

3.       The vowel + vowel rule:

When one word ends in an /i/, /aI/, /eI/  and the following word begins with a vowel  insert a /y/ sound. When one word ends in a /aʊ/, /oʊ/ or /u/ and the following word begins with a vowel insert a /w/ sound.


We always go there. --> Weyalways go there.
That was my idea. --> That was myyidea.
Can I pay online? --> Can I payyonline?
How are you? --Howware you?
She didn't know anything about it. --> She didn't knowwanythingaboutit.
Sam is going to Alaska. --> Samis going towAlaska.

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