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  • Hey guys, it's Shane from English Understood here.

  • A lot of the time when I'm listening to non-native speakers speak English, I can tell that they're non-native speakers because they don't use connected speech.

  • Connected speech is when words and phrases are pronounced differently than how they should be pronounced.

  • So for example: 'What are you doing?'

  • 'What are you doing?'

  • This is correct.

  • The pronunciation is correct, but when a native speaker says this, he'll say it really fast and it will sound like this.

  • 'Woddayuhdowing?' 'Woddayuhdowing?'

  • Woddayuh, woddayuh, woddayuhdowing?

  • So today, I want to give you a tip to help you improve your connected speech so you can start sounding more like a native speaker.

  • 'And' is a very common word in English, right?

  • We use it every day. 100 times. 1000 times.

  • Let's say we have 'and' here and then we have another word after 'and', and this word starts with a vowel.

  • You can join these two words together.

  • Let me show you what I mean.

  • Let's pretend we have two words together. 'And apples.' 'And apples.'

  • When we say this really quickly, we don't say the 'D'. We just say 'an'.

  • And when we join 'an' and 'apples' together, it sounds like this:

  • 'Anapples.' 'Anapples.'

  • So for example, if I say, 'I went to the shop today and I bought some pears "anapples".' 'Anapples.'

  • Let's look at some more examples with different vowels.

  • 'Anelephants.' 'Anelephants.'

  • So you could say, 'I went to the zoo, and I saw some lions "anelephants".'

  • 'Anice.' 'Anice.'

  • You could say, 'I went to the shops and I bought some drinks "anice".' 'Anice.'

  • 'Anoranges.' 'Anoranges.'

  • You could say, 'I went to the shop and I bought some limes "anoranges".'

  • Limes 'anoranges'.

  • 'Anumbrellas.' 'Anumbrellas.'

  • 'When I went out today, I took my water "anumbrellas".' 'Anumbrellas.'

  • So you can see here we don't say 'an-D' and then the word.

  • We just say 'an'. We don't say that 'D' sound.

  • So now you try. 'Anapples.'

  • 'Anelephants.'

  • 'Anice.'

  • 'Anoranges.'

  • 'Anumbrellas.'

  • And that is the end of the lesson today.

  • So make sure the next time you say 'and', and there's a word after 'and', which starts with a vowel, don't say the 'D'.

  • You will sound more like a native speaker.

Hey guys, it's Shane from English Understood here.

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