Connected speech is what allows native speakers to speak fast. In today’s English pronunciation lesson, we’ll look at how when native speakers are relaxed and talking fast, individual sounds in a sentence may change completely. This happens because our tongues naturally want to say everything the laziest way possible!

I’ll give you plenty of examples of the sounds in words changing when spoken quickly and I’ll also teach you some IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). We’ll also practice speaking with the right intonation when asking questions, as this is really important not only to convey the right meaning, but also to get the correct rhythm in your speech. In under 15 minutes, you will be able to start sounding more like a native English speaker.

What is Connected Speech?

Connected speech means that when we speak English, the words have some effect on each other. We do not always pronounce words completely separately with a tidy space between them. In fact, many words affect each other when you put them into phrases and sentences. The end sound of one word often affects the beginning of the next word.

Learning connected speech is important because it enables you to connect your words more smoothly. Another bonus is that it will allow you to understand native English speakers much more easily.

Practise Connected Speech in Question Phrases

Read the ‘sounds like’ interpreted spelling to practise connected speech. Focus on your pronunciation and repeat-after-me the example question phrases in the lesson video.

Example Question Phrases from The Lesson

When’s he coming?

When did you meet?

When do you go home?

What’s going on?

What’s his name?

What do you think?

What do you do?

What do you want to do?

More Lessons on Connected Speech

I also made two other videos about how to pronounce ‘do’ and ‘did’ question phrases.

◼️ Watch the ‘Speed up your English‘ lesson.

◼️ Watch the ‘Speak Fast Like a Native Speaker‘ lesson.

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Jade Joddle grows your confidence and skill to shine when speaking English.

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