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Connected speech here? | A Quick Question

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Question

I watched some of your videos on YouTube and found them very useful! (Thank you!) I have a question to ask you.
Is there any linking between the word ‘building’ and ‘a’?
Thank you,
Ming

Answer

Yes, we would typically connect “building” and “a” in a sentence in everyday English.

Example

“They’re building a store.” 

Here, we would connect the consonant [g] in “building” to the de-stressed vowel sound [ə] “a” to say:

  • “building a” [BɪL dɪŋə] ([ŋ] = “ng”)

What’s important to remember is that you maintain the music of English. Not every syllable in this sentence gets the same strength. We stress words and syllables that carry meaning (like nouns and verbs) and de-stress words and syllables that serve a grammatical purpose in the sentence (like articles).

Therefore, here, we will stress:

  • BUILding” and “STORE“.

We will de-stress the article:

  • “a” [ə]
  • and say it very quickly.

Now, let’s put it all together and practice. Remember to:

  1. connect your speech
  2. stress the content words
  3. de-stress the function word

Listen and Repeat

(Slowly 2x then at normal speed 2x)

  • “They’re building a store.” (4x)

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