ok, now the phrase "ask yourself" is pronounced as /æsk jɔːrˈself/.

My question is that, do we link k & j together.

1st option, we could link k & j since j is a semivowel. So we could say /æs kj ɔːrˈself/.

2nd option, we could hold the k like a glottal stop since j is a consonant. So we could say /æs? jɔːrˈself/.

So, which one is the right way of saying "ask yourself"?

  • You can certainly blend the two sounds, KJ (as in the word "cure" -- as cure self). But it's not "wrong" to speak the words slowly and distinctly, without such blending. May 6 '16 at 10:41
  • @TRomano, sometimes I feel like people omit /j/ so it sounds like /æskɔːr/
    – Tom
    May 6 '16 at 12:26
  • It depends on the accent, mostly. The british transcription is /ɑːsk jɔːˈsɛlf/. The best way is to listen to someone.
    – Schwale
    Jul 7 '16 at 15:52

Well you may want to try this site. They have more than 740 pronunciations of 'ask yourself':

  • Thanks for the link. I don't think of any better tip than listening to the sound examples.
    – Victor B.
    Jul 7 '16 at 10:45

The first one is better than the second. We don't usually use a glottal stop in clusters like /sC/ (C -> consonant like t, k etc).

(This paper might be helpful.)

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