Voice and Accent Training Course

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

When we say a sentence in English, we join or “link” words to each other. Because of this linking, the words in a sentence do not always sound the same as when we say them individually. Linking is very important in English. If you recognize and use linking, two things will happen:

  • You will understand other people more easily
  • Other people will understand you more easily

There are basically two main types of linking:

Consonant ⇔ vowel

We link words ending with a consonant sound to words beginning with a vowel sound

Vowel ⇔ vowel

We link words ending with a vowel sound to words beginning with a vowel sound

Vowels and Consonants for Linking

To understand linking, it is important to know the difference between vowel sounds and consonant sounds. Here is a table of English vowels and consonants:

vowels

Linking Consonant to Vowel

we write it like this we say it like this
TURN OFF TUR – NOFF
CAN I HAVE A BIT OFF EGG? CA-NI-HA-VA-BI-TO-VEGG?

Linking Vowel to Vowel

When one word ends with a vowel sound and the next word begins with a vowel sound, we link the words with a sort of Y or W sound. It depends on the shape of our mouth at the end of the first word.

Lips wide

lipwide

When the first word ends in an a, e, i vowel sound [ eɪ / i: / aɪ ], our lips are wide. Then we insert a Y sound at the beginning of the next word:

We Write First word ends with We say
Pay all /eɪ/ pay-y-all
The end /i:/ the-y-end
Lie on /aɪ/ lie-y-on

 

We Write We Say
They all buy at the arcade They yall buy yat the yarcade

Here are some more examples of word pairs that are linked with Y.

  • lay out, may I, say it
  • he ate, she is, we are
  • high up, my arm, why ever

Lips round

Lips-round

When the first word ends in an o, u vowel sound [ əʊ / u: ], our lips are round. Then we insert a W sound at the beginning of the next word:

We Write First word ends with We say
go out /əʊ/ gowout
too often /u:/ toowoften

 

We Write We Say
You all go out too often You wall go wout too woften

 

Here are some more examples of word pairs that are linked with W.

  • no other, show off, grow up
  • you are, too often, throw it