Thanks to the students who came to my latest pronunciation class. We studied different rules about linking: consonant-vowel links, vowel-vowel links with an added /w/ or/j/ sound, and same or similar consonant-consonant links.
Try to mark in all the links below. You’ll find the answers underneath.
A: But Tom, I really want to go out with them today. I already missed two opportunities and was late twice too.
B: Not today, Amy. I’ve finished work now and have got to collect Tim from Mandy’s so I need the car.
- I want two apples and one big grapefruit.
- Both the windows are broken.
- My friend isn’t going to be on time.
- I can’t tell when Neil’s joking.
- These are the best tomatoes I’ve ever had.
Below are the answers.
_ = consonant-vowel links, vowel-vowel links with an added /w/ or/j/ sound
– = same or similar consonant-consonant links
A: But-Tom, I really want-to (or wanna) go_/w/_out with-them today. I_/j/_already missed-two_/w/_opportunities_and was late-twice too.
B: Not-today,_/j/_ Amy. I’ve-finished work now_and have got-to (or gotta) collect-Tim from-Mandy’s-so I need-the car.
- I want-two_/w/_apples_and_one big-grapefruit.
- Both-the windows_are broken.
- My friend_isn’t going to be_/j/_on time.
- I can’t-tell when Neil’s joking.
- These_are the best-tomatoes I’ve_ever had.
How did you do? Don’t forget it’s REALLY IMPORTANT that you SAY the sentences ALOUD to practise. Have fun!
(Thanks to Oxford Online English for the sentences.)