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.