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Eng­lish Accent- Sound Nat­ur­al – How To Use The Intru­sive ‘y’ AUDIO Train­ing

When we want to be super clear with our Eng­lish accent, we do need to choose to make every sound clear­ly. We may be empha­sis­ing a point, pre­sent­ing to oth­ers, going for a job inter­view etc. Most of the time though, just like in any lan­guage, we tend to be less pre­cise. To sound more nat­ur­al with your Eng­lish accent, espe­cial­ly social­ly, besides learn­ing gen­er­al link­ing, we are going to look at the link­ing, or intru­sive ‘y’ /j/ in speech.

I have already talked about the link­ing ‘w’, and it’s the same with the intru­sive ‘y’. These two sounds are insert­ed to help us speak more smooth­ly when two vow­el sounds ‘meet, or in oth­er sit­u­a­tions to allow us to say the word or two words togeth­er with greater speed, Eng­lish stress and musi­cal­i­ty. This also hap­pens with the link­ing /r/.

Let’s take an exam­ple. If we pro­nounced the word ‘reg­u­lar’ as it’s spelt, we would say ‘reg oolar’. Instead, we say ‘reg yoolar’.  Anoth­er exam­ple this time between words is, ‘I am’. This becomes ‘I yam ‘. We insert the ‘y’ /j/ for speed and flow.

Eng­lish Accent- Sound Nat­ur­al – How To Use The Intru­sive ‘y’-  Between words:

In spo­ken Eng­lish we use the ‘y’ sound when one word ends in I (my); ee (tea); ay (play); oi (boy), and the next word begins with any vow­el.

Eng­lish Accent- Sound Nat­ur­al – How To Use The Intru­sive ‘y’


reg­u­lar (regyu­lar)

par­tic­u­lar (par­ti­cyu­lar)

inter­view (inter­vyiew)

beau­ti­ful (beayu­ti­ful)

pop­u­lar (popy­u­lar)

com­put­er (compyuter)

artic­u­late (arti­cyu­late)

see­ing (seey­ing)

Being (bey­ing)

opin­ion (opinyion)

Phrases/ Sen­tences

I am (Iyam)

I asked (Iyasked)

I’ll (Iyəll)

She opened (shey­opened)

They are here (the­yare here)

3 oranges (three­y­or­anges)

I always (Iyal­ways)

I ate cake (Iyate cake)

I own a car (Iyown a car)

She often comes ear­ly (shey­often comes ear­ly)

He always watch­es that (heyal­ways watch­es that)

Day after tomor­row (dayafter tomor­row)

Sun­day and Tues­day (Sun­dayan Tuse­day)

boy and girl (boy­an girl)

Don’t destroy it ( don’t destroy­it)

Make sure you lis­ten for this, and notice this, in oth­er people’s speech so you also know when to use it.

Best wish­es, Esther

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