There are many differences
between Spanish and English pronunciation. English is a
language, as opposed to
Spanish , which is a
important because we, as Spanish, try to give equal importance to each syllable
but in English, only some words in a sentence are considered important and
therefore pronounced with more emphasis (Content words) while others are quickly
spoken (Function words) some would say ,swallowed.
Look at these two sentences.
Although the first
has 7 words and the second 12 ,
it should take you the same amount of time to read both sentences. Why? Because
as English is a time stressed language there is always the same distance between
two stressed words.
horriblethings about your
He left after
dinnertaking most of his
books in his suitcase.
thing to take into consideration is
.Words , when they are pronounced in isolation do not sound the same as when
pronounced in a sentence. Why? Because of this linking.
Linking occurs in English in these situations:
: when a word ends with a consonant sound and the next one starts with a vowel
sound , we , very often , link them
Liked it /laiktit/
And I /∂nai/
Vowel+ Vowel :
when one word ends with a vowel sound and the next word begins with a vowel
sound, we link the words with a sort of W or Y sound.
our lips are round at the end of the first word, we insert a
Ex: do it /du:wit/
♥ If our lips are wide at the end of the first word, we insert a
Ex: Ray is /reiyiz/
And then we have the
for example, the "r" in
not be pronounced in "Herethey are " (because it is followed by a
consonant), but it would be pronounced in "Here I
am". Likewise, the "r" at the end of
"far" would only be pronounced if the next
word begins with a vowel, as in "far away" /fa:r∂wei/
or" far off". /fa:rof/
Listen to these sentences
and repeat after them paying attention to the linkings.
Not at all
Isn't it a pity Ian's wearing odd socks?
Was ever a bride so pretty?
Here is a song to
practise linking. Pay special attention to the chorus where linkings are much
more noticeable. If you want to to an exercise with this song