Podcast intro:

Welcome to the InFluency Podcast. I’m Hadar, and this is episode number 398. Today we are going to practice connected speech in very common daily phrases.

Hey everyone. Thank you so much for joining today for another episode of the InFluency Podcast. Today we have an excellent English practice. Because today you are not only going to practice connected speech, which is how we put words together or connect words together or express thoughts. Because we express thoughts in groups of words rather than in single words, like I’m showing you now.

So when we speak in English, words are grouped together. And I think it is so incredibly important for clear communication. So this is why I always talk about connected speech, not always, but often. And this is why specifically today I want to practice connected speech. But we’re not just going to practice connected speech, we’re going to do it while drilling, repeating, practicing very common phrases.

So that is going to be a good exercise for you to practice connected speech in phrases you actually use every single day, if you use English daily. And if not, you’re likely to use these phrases the next time you speak in English. So this is why I think this episode is so incredibly cool and helpful. Because whether you’d like to practice some common phrases and become more aware of such phrases, or whether you would like to focus on connected speech, this episode is for you.

Now, to make it extra special for you, I created a practice sheet with these phrases and a specific audio that repeats those phrases, so you can repeat those phrases with me without having to listen to the episode again. Of course, you can listen to the episode itself as many times as you’d like with all my explanations. But if you just want the phrases, I created a free PDF for you that you can download and play while you’re in your car or walking around and practice those phrases with me, so you benefit from this even more.

Alright, so let’s go ahead and listen to today’s episode.

Video transcript:

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Hey everyone, it’s Hadar. Today we are going to practice connected speech, and we’re going to do that while practicing very common daily expressions that we use in our day to day conversations. So, we’re going to achieve two things. The first, we are going to practice connected speech; and the second, we are going to practice and make more available common daily phrases so you can feel more confident using them regularly.

But first, let’s talk a little bit about connected speech. Connected speech is the way we connect a thought or an idea or a part of a sentence together. In English, when we think of a thought inside a sentence, all the words are connected within the same breath, so it actually feels like it’s one long word, like I’m doing right now.

We don’t separate the speech word by word. However, a lot of speakers of English as a second language tend to do that because they want to sound more clear, or maybe these are habits that they bring into English from their first language. And while that’s totally valid, sometimes in the attempt at sounding clearer, it actually prevents them from sounding clear because people are used to hearing thoughts grouped together, so it makes it easier for you to be understood and to deliver your message when you connect words together.

I actually have a long video giving you some tips on how to use connected speech, I’m going to link it in the description below. But today we’re not going to go deep into connected speech, just learn the idea through practice. And like I said, the practice is going to be very, very useful phrases so that you can start using them more confidently in your day to day life.

Now, to make it even better, I created a free PDF and audio practice so that after this video you can download it for free and practice it with me on the go, so that you can make it a habit through repetition and through practice, and not just like learning it once and that’s it. Okay? So, don’t say I’m not trying to make it easy for you. I am, but you will have to do a little bit as well by practicing with me. So, click to download the PDF for free.

All right, so let’s get started with the 25 most common daily phrases.

Have a great day. Have a great day. Have a great day. Have a great day.

I’ll let you know. I’ll let you know. I’ll let you know. I’ll let you know.

Do you need help? Do you need help? Do you need help? Do you need help?

Do you have a minute? Do you have a minute? Do you have a minute? Do you have, do you have a minute? Do you have a minute?

What should I do? What should I do? What should I do? What should I do?

What are you up to? ‘wada-yuw’, ‘wada-yuw’, ‘wada-yuw’. What are you up to? What are you up to today? What are you up to today?

What are you doing? ‘wada-yuw’, ‘wada-yuw-duw-wing’? What are you doing? What are you doing? What are you doing? What are you doing?

What do you want? What do you want? What do you want? What do you want? ‘wada-yuw’. You can even reduce it even more: wada-ya want? wada-ya. wada-ya. wada-ya. wada-ya want?

How much is it? How much is it? How much is it? How much is it? How much? How much is it?

How’ve you been? How’ve you been? How have you been? How have you been?

Can I get some coffee? Can I get some coffee? Can I get some coffee? Can I get some coffee? Can I get some coffee, please? Can I get some coffee? Can I get some? Can I get some? Can I get some? Can I get some coffee?

Where’s the bathroom? Where’s the bathroom? Where’s the bathroom? Where’s the bathroom?

Can you repeat that? Can you repeat that? Can you repeat that? Or, could you repeat that? Could you repeat that? Could you repeat that? Could you? Could you? Could you?

Don’t worry about it. Don’t worry about it. Don’t worry about it. Don’t worry about it. Don’t worry about it. Don’t worry about it.

Come here for a minute. Come here for a minute. Come here for a minute. For a minute. For a minute. Come here for a minute. Come here for a minute.

I got it. I got it, I got it. I got it.

Are you serious? Are you serious? Are you serious? Are you serious? Are you serious?

What time is it? What time is it? wuh-tai-mi-zit? What time is it? What time is it? What time is it?

That’s a good idea. That’s a good idea. That’s a good idea. That’s a good idea.

I’ll be right back. I’ll be right back. I’ll be right back. I’ll be right back. I’ll be right back. I’ll be right back. I’ll be right back.

I don’t mind. I don’t mind. I don’t mind. Or, ai-down-maind, no T. I don’t mind. I don’t mind.

Take your time. Take your time. Take your time. Take your time. Take your time.

Let’s call it a day lets-kaa-li-duh, kaa-li-duh-dei. Let’s call it a day.

What about it? What about it? What about it? What about it? What about it? What about it?

All right. That is it. Connected speech in 25 very common conversational phrases. I hope you found it helpful. And if you did, make sure you download the PDF and audio practice so you can continue practicing it through repetition and connected speech practice. You see what we did there, how we connected the words together? And all of a sudden, it was a mishmash of syllables, but when you put it together, it just sounds like the phrase. Confusing, but then, when you zoom out, you’re like, oh, I get it.

Now, remember that connected speech will help you sound clearer, but also, it will really help you understand speakers better. Because when you practice it, your brain understands how it works, and then you are more likely to understand it when you hear it, to recognize it, to recognize those connections and to make sense of it. So this practice is not less important for comprehension than it is for pronunciation. Okay? So remember that, keep practicing. You got this.

Thank you so much for being here. Have a beautiful, beautiful rest of the day.

And I will see you next week in the next video. Bye.