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British English pronunciation lesson: linking words

 

In this lesson I offer advice on British English pronunciation when linking words. Please see notes and resources below. This topic was suggested by Marc Kevin Bautista.

 

 

I think this comes up when the second of two words starts with a vowel. If the last letter of the first word is a vowel as well, an “r” sound often links the words (see below):

 

The idea (r)of it

India (r)and China

A media (r)event

Pasta (r)and sauce

Saw (r)and conquered

 

Law (r)and Order

 

The linking (intrusive) letter sound seems to depend on the vowel sound at the end of the first word:

 

I (y)am

 

I (y)answered

 

She (y)understands

 

We (y)are

 

Me (y)and you

 

You (w)and me

 

You (w)are

 

You (w)enter

 

When the second word starts with a vowel but the first word does not end with one, it is common to pronounce the last letter of the first word at the beginning of the second word instead.

 

The hea (t)of the day

 

The passio (n)of the man

 

They (y)entered the restaurant

 

Don (ch)ou know? (Don’t you know?)

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  1. 03/06/2015 at 8:11 AM

    Thank You Mr.Marc Kevin Bautista 🙂

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