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Speakers connect words when speaking naturally and it can be hard to understand the individual words. When people speak naturally, they do not say a word, stop, and then say the next word. Some two word groups are joined together to help with the rhythm. The pronunciation of the end and the beginning of the words may change too. These changes are part of ‘connected speech’.
To understand connected speech, you need to know the difference between vowels and consonants. The 5 vowels are: a, e, i, o, u. Consonants are all the other letters of the English alphabet. It will also be helpful to learn the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), so that you can learn the sounds. The IPA sounds and the English alphabet are not always the same. Tophonetics is a great website that will change a word or sentence into IPA.
Click below to learn more about the five main types of connected speech.
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