If you’ve been studying American English pronunciation you’re probably aware of linking (or liaisons).
✰Linking refers to the way American English speakers connect words together.✰
American English speakers do not speak word by word. That type of speech sounds very choppy and unnatural to us! ☹
So, spoken English has linking between words….this makes our speech sound smooth!
But, did you know that we also have linking within words? This is an advanced skill that I teach the people in my accent reduction coaching course.
Word internal linking occurs when there are 2 vowel sounds inside a word. When this happens we like to insert a /y/ or /w/ glide to connect the sounds.
They /y/ insertion
The /y/ insertion is very common. Here are a few examples:
- reunion⟺ reʸunion
- client ⟺ cliʸent
- diet ⟺ diʸet
This is sometimes referred to as the invisible /y/.
The /w/ insertion
You will hear a /w/ insertion is these words:
- cooperate ⟺ coʷoperate
- graduate ⟺ graduʷate
- coersion ⟺ coʷersion
If you want your speech to sound smooth and natural, you must employ linking when you speak American English!
I teach my accent reduction coaching clients how to speak English with a smooth and natural melody in my Skype accent reduction course.
This is a critical skill for Arabic, Chinese and Japanese speakers of English.
Take a look at all you will learn when you sign up for ☛ individual accent coaching.
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