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When a word ends with a consonant sound and the next word begins with a vowel, you will usually pronounce the consonant sound completely. The consonants sounds /d/ and especially /t/ sometimes do not follow this rule. You may hear many Americans marking these sounds, even when they come before a vowel.
When connecting any type of consonant with a vowel, follow these guidelines.
prolong the vowel just before the final consonant
try to think of attaching the final consonant of the first word to the beginning vowel of the second word
pronounce the words
Practice the following phrases by applying the above guidelines. The words have been separated so that you can visually see how the word connection is made. “but I” becomes “buh-dye” “and a” becomes “an-duh” “dog and” becomes “daw-gand” “Max is” becomes “mack-siz” “up and” becomes “uh-pand” “with it” becomes “wih-thit” “all of” becomes “aw-love”
Practice using word connections to say the following phrases. down and out of of a get it daughter and five is flowers are bite apples spot on ate it but I’m pick up wife and
Practice the following sentences. The words that have the word connection are in bold print. The letter in parentheses ( ) indicates the consonant sound that should be said with the following word.
I ate the las(t) apple.
That was a very ba(d) accident.
A lion is a grea(t) animal.
That ca(t) always purrs.
I ha(ve) a headache.
Woul(d) Amy like that?
My son play(ed) all day with his toys.
I decide(d) I would go.
My mother wante(d) anotherpie(ce) of cake.
Yesterday I jogg(ed) about five miles.
Practice reading the following paragraph. Mark any words you see that end with a consonant to a word that begins with a vowel. The letter in parentheses indicates where the connection should begin. A(t) about 9:00pm, we looke(d) up at the sky to watch the meteor shower that was supposed to occur. As we sa(t) in our chair(s) o(n) our front lawn, we couldn’t help but notice tha(t) itwa(s) a very clear night. The stars were brigh(t) and the moon was full, jus(t) as the weather forecasters had predicted. My son was the first person to see the meteor shower begin. As he pointe(d) up at the sky, he shouted to us excitedly. Once the meteor shower began, it wa(s) almostlike (a) constant stream of shooting stars. It was qui(te) a sight.