How To Link Words In English

Teaching non-native speakers to link words in English is one of the first things that I cover in my accent and pronunciation training programs.

The rules for how to link words in English can get pretty complicated because there is a lot to know, but I have found that the most effective way to teach this concept to my students is to keep it simple.

I break it down to just these 3 Rules of Connection

3 RULES OF CONNECTION

1. Consonant to Consonant: When a word ends with a consonant sound and the next word begins with the same consonant sound, connect so much that the two consonants become one.

2. Final Consonant to Initial Vowel: When a word ends with a consonant sound and the word after it begins with a vowel sound, connect and scoot the consonant over.

3. Vowel to Vowel: Use a /W/ or /Y/ sound between the vowels to connect them.

In this video lesson, I’ll demonstrate exactly how I would introduce these 3 rules to a new student.

Learning how to link words in English can improve the rhythm and fluency of your speech. To get more rhythm practice, watch our lesson on Syllable Stress.