Liaisons (Part 1) (The word liaison is borrowed from French. It means a link or a connection. In pronunciation, liaisons are the connection between two words.)
In American English, words are not pronounced one by one. Usually, the end of one word attaches to the beginning of the next word. This is also true for initials, numbers, and spelling. Part of the glue that connects sentences is an underlying hum or drone that only breaks when you come to a period, and sometimes not even then. You have this underlying hum in your own language and it helps a great deal toward making you sound like a native speaker.
Once you have a strong intonation, you need to connect all those stair steps together so that each sentence sounds like one long word.
The dime easier.
They tell me the dime easier.
They tell me the dime easier to understand.
They tell me that I’m easier to understand.
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The last two sentences above should be pronounced exactly the same, no matter how they are written. It is the sound that is important, not the spelling.
Check Your UnderstandingTrue or False
1. Liaison means connection.
2. American English is pronounced word by word.
3. All of the words in a sentence are connected together until you come to a period.
4. As you speak, you shouldn’t think about the spelling of words, you should only think about the sounds.
Answers 1-T 2-F 3-T 4-T