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Linking sounds

When people speak English naturally, they tend to link words together.  This activity helps you to identify the sounds that link certain words, and to practise pronouncing phrases like this more naturally.


In spoken English, we often add extra sounds between words to link our words together.

As a result, when you listen to a continuous stream of sound in English, it can be very difficult to identify the individual words.

These extra linking sounds are:

/r/   e.g.  Four /r/ onions

/j/   e.g.  three /j/ oranges

/w/ e.g.  two /w/ apples

Listen to some examples:

Linking sounds by ESOL Nexus


This activity is taken from a longer section which is all about listening to a dictation:

Dictations - A recipe for sourdough bread.

Why not try it now?

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