Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2: Episode 31 – Pronunciation – Intrusive Sounding + Word Linking

Welcome back to another IELTS preparatory podcast and I’m bringing you today some more word linking and of course, intrusive sounding.  I went over this recently with some of my students and they understood pretty quickly how it works.

a. I’d like to talk about an award I received last week.

b. I had been to an interview just a few weeks ago. …

c. I remember that I told my family that I didn’t get the job anyway.

d. I almost didn’t have the opportunity to accept the award.



When one word ends in a vowel sound and the following word starts with a vowel sound, we often link the two together by adding an ‘intrusive’ sound.  Intrusive sounds are /r/, /w/, and /j/.

  1. How often do you check your apple iphone?
  2. Do you think this is too often?
  3. Are there any second languages in your country?
  4. How effective are your oral communication skills? What can you do to improve them?
  5. Is your own language difficult for other language speakers to learn?


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