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Consonant + Vowel Connected Speech | English Pronunciation Lesson

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As previous lessons on Connected Speech and Stress and Rhythm have already discussed, native English speakers change the way English sounds in order:

  • to add rhythm and musicality to their speech; and
  • to speak with more efficiency (where more can be said in a shorter amount of time).

One important way in which English speakers do this is by connecting speech with consonant + vowel sounds (C+V).

C + V

When a word that ends in a consonant sound is followed by a word that begins with a vowel sound, you push the consonant sound forward and put it right before the vowel sound when speaking.

Example

  • “job interview” –> jo-binterview
  • “take it” –> [tey-t]

Note that I did NOT release the [b] in “job” to say “job__interview” as two separate words. In fact, the [b] helps us to say “interview” without needing to stop and take a breath in between the words.

We also do not say “take__it” as two separate and distinct words, so we do not release the [k] before saying “it”.

  • “job__interview” –> jo-binterview
  • “take__it” –> [tey t]

The hidden [w] & [y]

When we pronounce the vowel sounds [ow], [uw], [iy], our rounded and pulled back lip positions naturally form [w] and [y] sounds. These sounds must be considered when connecting speech between consonants and vowels.

Examples

  • “I don’t see it” [ɑiy downt siyyit]
  • “You should do it” [yuw ʃʊd DUWwit]
Here, I pushed the [y] and [w] consonant sounds forward and attached them to the following words.
  • “see__it”  –> [SiYyit] (also see the lesson on [ɪ] vs. [iy])
  • “do__it” –>  [DUWwit] (also see the lesson in the [uw] vowel sound)
Got it?
Let’s practice.

Listen and Repeat

  • “Take it outside.”  [TeY--dæuwt SAiYD]
  • “I’ll see you at three.” [ɑiyl SiYyuw-wæt θRiY]
  • “Can you waia minute?” [kɪn yə Wey MɪNət]
  • “I messed up the big game” [ɑiy MɛS-P ðə BɪGEYM]
  • “Have a nice day!” [HÆ NɑiYS DeY]

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