For smooth speech speak in chunks
If you wanna speak American English in a manner that sounds smooth and natural, put aside the idea of speaking word by word.
Native speakers rarely speak word by word.
Instead they speak in phrases or “chunks of speech”.
How it works
Smaller words including and, or, of, to, as & for are almost always reduced.
Sometimes the vowels in these words have a schwa vowel sound /ǝ/. Sometimes there’s no vowel sound at all.
When you reduce & blend these little words while stressing the more important words, your speaking melody will sound more American.
Common chunks of speech
- salt ‘n pepper
- in ‘n out
- black ‘n white
- sooner ‘r later
- now ‘r later
- kində busy
- kində tired
- day də day
Word by word speech vs chunks of speech
You can certainly speak American English word by word. People will understand you if you do that.
And for some people learning to articulate every word may be a good first step.
But for those of you who want your American English to sound smooth and natural, and less foreign.
I can show you how
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About the author
Susan Ryan is the author of the ConfidentVoice blog and an American English communication and accent reduction coach.