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How To Pronounce The ‘-ly’ Suffix In English

This week’s English Pronunciation tutorial will walk you through this tricky consonant cluster step by step to enable you to speak English like a native!

Don’t let the ‘-ly’ suffix affect your English Pronunciation

These is what we will cover during this video:

  • Breaking ‘-ingly’ down
  • How Not To Pronounce ‘-ingly’
  • Pronouncing ‘-ingly’ Correctly
  • Examples of ‘-ingly’ Words
  • ‘-ingly’ In A Phrase
  • Explaining Tonality

When pronouncing the ‘-ingly’ cluster in words like ‘lovingly’ or ‘surprisingly,’ the ‘-ly’ suffix can alter the way we pronounce the ‘-ing’ before it.

Why is that?

When we see the ‘N’ in ‘-ing’ we assume it is there to be pronounced, but since it is part of the ‘ING’ suffix, we should be making a different sound entirely – /ŋ/.

Are you struggling to understand?

No worries!

By the end of the tutorial, you will know how to pronounce the ‘-ly’ suffix, the ‘ing’ suffix, and the combination of both when they are combined.

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Master English PLOSIVE Sounds in Connected Speech

In this tutorial, I give you one simple exercise to master plosive sounds in connected speech using my signature ‘word chains’ method.

When multiple plosive sounds come together in connected speech (such as at the end of one word and the beginning of the next word), native speakers don’t fully pronounce the first sound.

Instead, they do the following:

1. Go into the position of the first plosive sound

2. Pause airflow

3. Move to the position of plosive sound 2

4. Resume airflow with a plosive release in the next sound.

MASTERING plosive sounds in connected speech gives you  3 benefits:

1. It makes English easier to speak

2. You naturally use connected speech 

3. It makes your English flow naturally

In this video, I give you one simple phrase to practice the connecting plosive sounds principle using my signature ‘word chains’ method.

The phrase is:

‘it lead to a heated debate’