Connected speech - what is that? by Sonia Mendes - Online English Teacher

Connected speech - what is that?

If you want to sound more natural when speaking in English you have to incorporate the connected speech to your speaking.
First we need to understand what is that, what is the connected speech?

Connected "speech is a continuous stream of sounds, without clear-cut borderlines between them, and the different aspects of connected speech help to explain why written English is so different from spoken English." (source: BBC British Council)

Meaning that you will find the connect speech only when you are speaking,  you should pay attention to the sounds and understand how words connect.
It should sound like a puzzle of sounds.
There are different types of connected speeches processes, as follows:

(source: semantic scholar)

Here you have some examples:

  • Get on. ( geton )
  • Not at all. ( notatall )
  • Get out ( getout )
  • Put on ( puton )
  • Come out ( cumout )
  • It’s a big opportunity   big opportunity   "bigoppor'tunity" 
  • I woke up at 7.00   woke up   "wok'up"   
  • He walked to the shop   walked to   "'walktə"   
  • We should eat less sugar   less sugar   "le'sugar"   
  • You go ahead and I’ll follow   go ahead   "gowa'head"  
  • I ate a sandwich   I ate   "i'yate"  

To practice the connected speech you need to listen and speak as much as possible.
Listening to music is one of the best ways to practice it.
Please check the video below and try to identify the connections between the words:

Were you able to find the connections?

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