New on YouTube! In this lesson, we will look at the natural American English pronunciation of the EE vowel sound, when it is followed by words beginning with other vowels. When we pronounce these word combinations, we generally link the EE sound and the initial vowel sound of the next word using a slight Y sound. This is known as liaison in language and some English teachers like to call it linking or blending.
Here are the example sentences:
- He ate an apple → He-y-ate an apple
- She adds these numbers → She-y-adds these numbers
- Did he arrange the schedule → Did he-y-arrange the schedule
- He entered the room → He-y-entered the room
- She entertained the group → She-y-entertained the group
- We estimated the cost → We-y-estimated the cost
- He isn’t the manager → He-y-isn’t the manager
- She invested the money → She-y-invested the money
- We informed them of the change → We-y-informed them of the change
- He only needs one pen → He-y-only needs one pen
- She opened it → She-y-opened it
- We overcame a lot → We-y-overcame a lot
- He understood me → He-y-understood me
- She uploaded the file → She-y-uploaded the file
- We uncovered the truth → We-y-uncovered the truth
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