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Linking Similar Consonant Sounds

When the consonant sound at the end of a word

ripe

is very similar to the consonant sound at the beginning of the next word

banana

then the consonant sound at the end of the first word is not pronounced completely. It almost disappears into the consonant sound at the beginning of the next word.

ripe banana arrow pointing right ri banana

Consonant sounds are similar if you make them in the same part of your mouth. For example, the p sound is made with your lips, and so is the b sound. That’s why the p and b sounds are often linked together. 

Click on the sentences to hear a native English speaker reading them twice: the first time, clearly; the second time, linking similar consonant sounds.