To create a smooth, fluid link between a word that ends in a vowel sound into a word that begins with a vowel sound, a very small y sound or w sound is added between the words, connecting one word to the next. This allows the listener to perceive both words individually, while never stopping the airflow between words.
Deciding whether to link vowels together with a y sound /j/ or a w sound /w/ will eventually come naturally to the speaker. Linking with the wrong sound will feel and sound awkward.
Practice linking the following words with a w sound /w/:
Practice linking the following words with a y sound /j/:
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