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So…let’s get started.
The most common sound in English is /ə/.
It is almost always pronounced /ə/: a friend, a movie, a walk, a good time.
But we don’t hear the /ə/ all by itself. We link it to another word.
Linking Pattern : consonant sound + vowel sound
1. If a word begins in a vowel sound: in
2. …we steal the consonant sound from the word before: come
3. …then move the consonant sound in front of the vowel sound: co min
First, read the sentences below. Where do we link?
Things to do this weekend.
1. Call a friend.
2. Watch a movie.
3. Take a walk.
4. Have a good time.
Now listen to how I say them with linking.
1. Call a friend. = ca la friend
2. Watch a movie. = wa cha movie
3. Take a walk. = ta ka walk
4. Have a good time. = ha va good time
When we link, we don’t hear just /ə/. We hear: /lə, chə, kə, və/.
Here are the 4 sentences in Prator & Robinett transcription.
1. /kɔ – lə – frɛnd/
2. /wa – t͡ʃə – muw – viy/
3. /tey – kə – wɔk/
4. /hæ – və – gʊd – taym/
More things to do on a weekend.
1. Go for a drive.
2. Take a long nap.
3. Work on a website.
4. Read a good book.
Come back next week for the answers.