When a word begins with a vowel sound and the previous words ends in a consonant sound, we link the two sounds together in continuous natural speech. Word linking, which is strongly encouraged, will score you pretty high in your IELTS examination; in addition to that, would make you sound like a native speaker.
Read this paragraph below and please be sure to tune into the podcast so you can hear me enunciate it.
What I like most is the fact that it’s near the coast because I love the sea. I always try to go there at weekends. I also think it has good facilities – there’s plenty to do, particularly for young people as there’s a recreation center and swimming pool, a few cinemas, and a massive shopping complex. One thing I don’t like is that there aren’t many green spaces or parks in general.
Task 2 – Mark the linking in these statements.
a. I’d like to get a chance to join the sports teams as soon as I can.
b. I hope I can take early retirement before I’m sixty.
c. I’d like to start a family when I’m about thirty years old.
d. Next year I’m planning on taking some time off so that I can travel to South America.
e. I’ve always wanted to get a degree in electronic engineering.
f. I can’t afford to take time off unless I can get a job and save up.