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Speak English Right 4/12/17

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Good morning.

I realize that a lot of non-native speaking English teachers will tell you that the secret to speaking English fluently is to learn to make ‘connected sounds’ between two words. They will tell you that when you see two words together like ‘next to’, that you shouldn’t say the last ’t’ in next and the first ’t’ in to. They will tell you to say the ’t’ only once.

The problem is, because they aren’t native English speakers, they almost always get the intonation or the stress wrong. This confuses a native English speaker like myself. It sounds quite strange to us and doesn’t make you sound fluent.

So, what should you do?

I always tell my students that connected sounds are real, however, you shouldn’t make an effort to make them. You should let them come naturally when your speed and fluency becomes better. This is the only way that you’ll sound better making ‘connected sounds.’

Connected Sounds

‘Next to’

‘I agree’

‘Don’t you’


Next to the school is a small store.

My home is next to the market.

I agree with you.

I agree with my teacher.

I agreed with the policeman.

Don’t you want to learn English well?
Don’t you have time to make yourself better?

I don’t want you to be unhappy.

I don’t want to do so much homework.

I don’t want you to do so much homework.

Slow down and say words clearly. Connected  sounds will come naturally as you become more fluent.

That’s all for today.

Goodbye for now.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

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Michael is the author of the transformational book, Powerful Attitudes. He is a professional educator, an educational consultant, an author. He lives in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. He enjoys playing guitar and writing poetry. He loves China.


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