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  • Hello. I'm Sammy, and I like to practice American English.

  • This is part one of the connected speech series.

  • Today, we'll discuss elision.

  • What is elision?

  • It means omitting one or more sounds in a word or phrase to make it easier to pronounce.

  • This is used in casual informal speech.

  • Elision can help your American English sound smoother and more natural.

  • American English has a few patterns of elision in casual speech

  • but today we will practice T and D

  • What do you notice about the pronunciation of the underlined words in this sentence?

  • Formal speech: The handsome movie star acts in a film about friendship between a father and son.

  • Now in casual speech.

  • The "hansome" movie star "acks" in a film about "frienship" between a "father an son."

  • Whenever T or D comes between two consonants at the end of a syllable

  • it gets elided, which means that it doesn't get pronounced.

  • For example, instead of scripts we say "scrips."

  • And instead of friendship we say "frienship."

  • Let's practice pronouncing the following words using T and D elision.

  • T and D elision can even happen between two words.

  • For example, you pronounce "las chance"

  • instead of "last chance" because the T does not get pronounced.

  • Other examples are "father an son" "han bag" "mos popular" "lef turn" "firs three" "nex day"

  • Let's practice!

  • Read the following sentences and use T and D elision

  • for the underlined sounds.

  • I started a "frienship" with the "hansome" artist. He "pains" "lanscapes."

  • For the "pas three" years he's worked hard "an" become successful.

  • Now, his "mos" famous painting is printed on "poscards."

  • Next time, we'll have part two of the connected speech series

  • about informal contractions.

  • This is American English. Thanks for watching.

Hello. I'm Sammy, and I like to practice American English.

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