Questions tagged [connected-speech]

For questions about differences in the way spoken English sounds when an utterance is a continuous stream of sound instead of each word being pronounced in isolation.

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Why does "don't be" sometimes sound like "dombe"?

Why does "don't be" sometimes become "DOMBE"? There is no M in the spelling then why?
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What is the correct pronunciation of "don't you"?

I don't understand what's the standard pronunciation of words ending in t followed by you, including "don't you", "want you" etc. Even when hearing the same person talking for some ...
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Spelling for the spoken contraction of "on the" [closed]

When "on the" is spoken very fast they are connected, contracted, forming a connected-speech. Even knowing that this contraction doesn't exist in English, how could it be written to reflect the ...
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on using "that" to refer to object

I need to understand: is using "that" optional or obligatory or should it not be used in this context? Which sentence is correct?: We use the terms we defined in [1] Or, We use the terms that ...
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Pronunciation of "idea" as "idier"? [duplicate]

Why do some people pronounce "idea" like "idier"? Sometimes they do the same thing with some other words too.
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They took an umbrella with them. It might rain. Connect these two sentences with the phrase in case

They took an umbrella with them. It might rain. Connect these two sentences with the phrase in case. The right answer is: They took an umbrella with them in case it rained/ should rain. Can ...
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"Someone else than me" correct analogy?

Here's an example sentence: I couldn't expect you loved someone else than me. Or something like that, you get the meaning. I tried googling "Someone else of me", "Someone else than me". None of ...
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It tastes like chicken(pronunciation-unstressed end consonant?)

When a particular new food is given to you, and you tasted it, you say: "Nice! It tasteS like chicken!'' Do you say it with stressed S sound or you don't have to? Because I heard from BBC learning ...
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How often do English speakers mishear an important and unimportant?

I know it's silly, but it's been bugging me for a while. Namely, the word unimportant and combination "an important". Whenever I pronounce them I cant' get rid of a feeling that they sound the same, ...
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Is 'idea of' pronounced 'idearof'?

This may sound absolutely crazy but I really need an answer to that. How do natives pronounce "idea of" I am not sure if I hear it correctly, but to me, it seems like when natives pronounce 'idea ...
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Proper way to pronounce "Middle of" in GenAm English

I was watching anime and noticed the sentence "In the middle of the city". So I wonder how would I pronounce middle of in American English. Should I connect sounding sort of like "middle+love"? Or ...
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"What you", "that you", "without you" pronunciations using a "ch" between the words

I've been trying to learn more about a common English pronunciation oddity. I've been trying to find the right combination of words to google for the last half hour, but I'm at a total loss. Also, I ...
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"With the" Does one pronounce both "th" sounds?

Take the random sentence "Start with the basics." Would you pronounce both "th" sounds separately or link them essentially saying "withe". Being a non native speaker I find pronouncing both difficult ...
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do they sometimes omit the /d/ , /t/ sounds of the -ed ending?

In the phrase CCTV, closed circuit television; do we omit the -ed, and just say /kləʊz-sərkət-.../ in fast, connected speech. And, about the word "closed" itself, is it finished with an /zd/ or /st/ ...
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What is the pronunciation of "Will you" in fast/connected speech?

I usually pronounce "will you" as "/wɪ/ + /lju:/", but seems that people have some troubles understanding me (at least here in the UK). Is my pronunciation wrong? That's the way we usually make the ...
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Strange pronunciation of 'assume'

Today I heard in two (totally unrelated) videos the same unexpected pronunciation of the word 'assume' by native speakers. Googling came up with /əˈsjuːm/ both for English and American pronunciation (...
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Is the /t/ sound in "stopped" not pronounced in "we stopped for petrol"?

I'm wondering if all /t/ sounds which are at the end of a word are often omitted in British English when it is followed by a consonant when you are speaking normally fast? As I've noticed that it ...
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AmEng: Is the T tapped (flap) in the compound noun heart attack?

Is the T tapped (flap) in the compound noun: heart attack? I'm talking about the T in the word "heart".
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Casual English: Dropping the The Verb BE

I heard the question: "What are you talking about?" frequently in American movies. However I notice they tend to drop the verb "are" and treat "y" as a vowel. The /t/ in the word "what" sounds like a ...
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How do i know if the word is stressed in English?

Yesterday I had a lesson about stressed words. My question is how do i know if the word is stressed or not without listening to the pronunciation? Examples He wants a job that lets them ...
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In the natural way of speaking, How to pronounce "next stop"?

If I were reading this phrase I would read "next" "stop", but when people talks it seems to me they say something like "nextop". Is this a sort of shortening like "acopotee" instead of "a cup of tea"?
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How to pronounce education?

Well, Oxford, Cambridge and Macmillan lists /ˌɛdjʊˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/, /ˌed.jʊˈkeɪ.ʃən/, and /ˌedjʊˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/ respectively as the pronunciation for education. Yet, people say /edʒʊkeɪʃən/. Can you please ...
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