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Linking Similar Consonant Sounds
When the consonant sound at the end of a word
is very similar to the consonant sound at the beginning of the next word
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 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.