Stop sounds, the most common type of blocked consonant, are most aspirated at the beginning of a word and the least aspirated at the end of a word. This means that the "puff" of air that can be felt during the release of a blocked consonant is must greater when that type of sounds begins a word than when the same sound ends a word. This difference is important when practicing linking to and from stops.


To link from a vowel sound into a blocked consonant, the vowel sound continues until the the "stopped" portion of the consonant forces a break. To link from blocked consonants into vowels, the puff of the consonant sound blends into the vowel sound that begins the next word.


Compare the phrase 'my car' with 'Mike are.' The /k/ in 'my car' is more aspirated than the /k/ in 'Mike are.'

my‿car: My‿car is over there.

Mike‿are: Sharon and Mike‿are over there.

Practice linking a vowel into a blocked consonant:

1. many‿people: I can't believe how many‿people are sick right now.

2. you‿consider: Would you‿consider it?

3. they‿brought: They‿brought their daughter along.

4. agree‿to: Will they agree‿to those guidelines?

5. follow‿children: The study will follow‿children at risk of diabetes.

Practice linking a blocked consonant into a vowel:

1. good‿evening: Are you having a good‿evening?

2. bad‿impression: Unfortunately, he left a bad‿impression.

3. seemed‿impossible: It seemed‿impossible to meet the deadline.

4. made‿up: Kevin already made‿up his mind.

5. take‿advantage: You should take‿advantage of the offer.