Session 5

Tim's Pronunciation Workshop: consonant-vowel linking

What happens in pronunciation when one word ends in a consonant sound and the next word begins with a vowel sound? Tim explains...

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Tim's Pronunciation Workshop: Consonant - vowel linking

It's an egg...
Tim's back in his pronunciation workshop. This time he's finding out what happens when a word ending in a consonant sound is followed by a word starting with a vowel sound.

To do

Take a look at the video, then try the activity to do some practice.

 

Watch the video and complete the activity

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Tim
Hi. I'm Tim and this is my Pronunciation Workshop. Here, I'm going to show you how English is really spoken. Come on, let's go inside. Today, I'm going to tell you about perhaps the most common feature of fluent English pronunciation. And to help me, I’m going to use one of these. Now, I know you know what it is, but let's ask the people of London to describe it.

Voxpops
He's holding an egg.
He's holding an egg.
He's holding an egg.
He's holding an egg.
He's holding an egg.

Tim
An egg – that's two words, right? But, when we pronounce them, there's no gap in between them. It almost sounds like one word. Listen again.

Voxpops
He's holding an egg.
He's holding an egg.
He's holding an egg.
He's holding an egg.
He's holding an egg.

Tim
In fluent English, when one word ends in a consonant sound and the next word begins in a vowel sound, we link the two sounds together without a pause in between them. So, an egg becomes anegg. This is called catenation. Here are some more examples.

Examples
He’s in the garden.
I used to believe in Father Christmas, but not any more.
I had to give up jogging.
He had it in his office.

Tim
Right, so you've heard the examples: you know the drill. Listen and repeat.

Examples
He’s in the garden.
I used to believe in Father Christmas, but not any more.
I had to give up jogging.
He had it in his office.

Tim
Great work. Remember, if you want to learn more about pronunciation, then please visit our website, bbclearningenglish dot com. And that is about it from the Pronunciation Workshop for now. I'll see you soon. Bye! Now I think I’m going to have this egg, for my lunch. It is a hard-boiled egg, isn't it?

Voice
Oh yes Tim, yes, yes, it's definitely a hard-boiled egg.

Tim
Great, looks good, Oh no no no no no! Ohhh, what a mess! Very funny.

 

To do

Got that? Now try this activity to get some more practice.

The catenation game

6 Questions

How many examples of catenation are there in each sentence? You decide...

 

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Session Vocabulary

  • Catenation - linking sounds together 

    In fluent English, when one word ends in a consonant sound and the next word begins in a vowel sound, we link the two sounds together without a pause in between them.

    Examples:

    • an egg becomes anegg
    • I had to give up jogging.