Linking in Spoken Spanish

Linking is an important element of spoken Spanish. Knowing when and how to link words is essential to learning how to speak Spanish fluently. Linking occurs in spoken Spanish when the last letter of a word is the same as the first letter of the next word. When this occurs, they are pronounced as a single letter. Listen to the examples of "linked" words below, then repeat each word out loud.
they are new
son nuevos
son_nuevos
where is
donde está
donde_está
with Natalie
con Natalia
con_Natalia
find Anita
busca a Anita
busca_a_Antonio
nevertheless
no obstante
no_obstante
my nephews
mis sobrinos
mis_sobrinos
it's dry
es seco
es_seco
he is sympathetic
es simpático
es_simpático


When a word in spoken Spanish ending in a consonant is followed by a word beginning with a vowel, the final consonant of the first word becomes linked with the opening vowel of the following word. Listen to the linked words below while paying attention to how the last letter of the first word is linked to the first letter of the next word. Then repeat each question out loud.
interesting boy
chico interesante
chico_interesante
boring book
libro aburrido
libro_aburrido
interesting magazine
revista interesante
revista_interesante
another
una otra
una_otra
orange ball
pelota anaranjada
pelota_anaranjada
disagreeable child
niño antipático
niño_antipático
blue sky
cielo azul
cielo_azul
since then
desde entonces
desde_entonces


When a word in spoken Spanish ending in a consonant is followed by a word beginning with a vowel, the final consonant of the first word becomes linked with the opening vowel of the following word. Listen to the linked words below paying attention to how the last letter of the first word is linked to the first letter of the next word. Then repeat each question out loud.
the animal
el animal
el_animal
the friend
el amigo
el_amigo
my grandparents
mis abuelos
mis_abuelos
your works
sus obras
sus_obras
an emissary
un emisario
un_emisario
the eyes
los ojos
los_ojos
the holes
los hoyos
los_hoyos