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Link it All Together

Mastering connected speech is essential if you want to sound like a native speaker. Connected speech looks at how sounds link together.

 

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Some people say that English speakers 'eat their words'. This affects the pronunciation of unstressed syllables, and is how 'want to' becomes 'wanna', and 'let me' becomes 'lemme' in informal English. Learn and listen to these examples.

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Informal Contractions

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BBC Learning English - Connected Speech

Three BBC radio programmes on the subject of connected speech. You can listen online or download the mp3 file by right-clicking and selecting 'Save target as...' There is also a pdf file of the script.

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