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How to Speak Casual English: AY, UY, EY, OW and a Vowel

When we have an ending with Y, we often use the Y sound to let words flow together. This happens naturally when a word ends in Y and the next word begins with a vowel.The Y is not a large sound--it simply connects words. If a word ends in OW and the next word starts with a vowel, the W sound can be used.

In the phrases below, you can also reduce other small words and speak smoothly. Review how to use casual speech.

The long I sound is shown with ī. The long A sound is shown with ā. The long O sound is ō. The double vowel sound, as in the word "how" is shown with ăō.

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If we buy it today, we save 20%.
If we bī-yit today, we save 20%.

Say anything you want.
-yenything you want.

This bill is huge. I have no idea how to pay it.
This bill is huge. I have no idea how to pā-yit.

You can lay on the couch and take a nap.
You can lā-yon the couch and take a nap.

That company plans to buy out the small business.
That company plans to bī-yout the small business.

He spent his day in the laboratory.
He spent his dā-yin the laboratory.

That's the way it goes!
That's the wā-yit goes.

May I help you? Mā-yī help you?

They aren't ready yet.
Thā-aren't ready yet.

Let's go today and get it done. Let's go t'dā-y'n ge-di-dun.*

It's going to snow in the morning.
It's going to snō-win the morning.

Now all of us have to help out.
Năō-wall of us have to help out.

How about meeting on Tuesday?
Hăō-wu-bout meeting on Tuesday?


* The reduced T sounds are also shown here.


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