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Linking Vowel Sounds

When one word ends in a vowel that sounds like the vowels in the words no, how, or to

so

and the next word starts with a vowel sound

amusing

then a “w” sound is added to link the two words together.

so amusing arrow pointing right so (w)amusing

Click on the sentences to hear a native English speaker reading them twice: the first time, clearly; the second time, linking vowel sounds by adding a “w” sound.

Similarly, when one word ends in a vowel that sounds like the vowels in the words my, we, or they

be

and the next word starts with a vowel sound

active

then a “y” sound is added to link the two words together.

be active arrow pointing right be (y)active

Click on the sentences to hear a native English speaker reading them twice: the first time, clearly; the second time, linking vowel sounds by adding a “y” sound.