"Connected Speech" is when words in the English language are linked and connected to each other to form a new sound. Words like "gonna, wanna and gotta" are the most common words that are used in everyday conversation. These are definitely very useful when speaking to native speakers, because this is how native speakers actually speak.

It is never wrong to use these shortcuts in your conversations in English. Please try them! I hope this lesson will help you improve your pronunciation and fluency in speaking.

Remember, practice is the key. Practice. Practice. Practice.

For a more intensive lesson, I am inviting you to take my Natural English or 発音 class! 


With my experiences teaching English for around 10 years now, I have always had students who found it difficult to pronounce the "s" and "sh" sounds in the English language. The key is always constant practice and repetition of verbally pronouncing words through reading, even short phrases or sentences.

There is no shortcut. So, it is best to start slow, and gradually go faster each day. Never rush.

Try this simple "s" and "sh" practice and I hope it helps you overcome this pronunciation hurdle!

If you have requests about pronunciation, dictation, or anything you'd lie to practice in English, plase feel free to leave a comment on Lifelong English. ;)

The "B" and "V" sounds are one of the most difficult to pronounce for non-native English speakers. 

Especially for Japanese people, to distinguish V from B can take a lot of continuous practice.

With repetition and regular practice, tongue twisters are highly effective to perfect the pronunciation of such sounds in the English language. 

I hope you enjoy this video and continue to learn from our posts on Lifelong English!

For more extensive practice, our one-on-one lessons are very much recommended, so feel free to let us know any time! :)