Joe the 4-year-old nephew - is he a pest or just a sweet little boy? Written by Chris Rose.

BCSW - He's a pest


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Hi LearnEnglish Team,

I can hear from this episode there are some silent sounds for "h" in he and "h" in him, and "h" in her(this is in last episode). After the h, the vowel is pronounced together with the last cosonant of the word before he, him, or her. That's is sound liaison, which I am not sure if I call it correctly. However, I believe there is a rule in such pronounciation when it comes to speaking, like the same cases in French I am studying.

I just heard the "h" sound in he and him is silent in the following sentences.
How old is he?
I don’t have to offend him
I just call him “trouble”!
what’s he up to

Please help to clarify this and let me know if I am right. Thank you very much!

Kind regards,

Hello Kaofeng,

It's great that you've noticed this. In English, words can be pronounced quite differently depending on their position in an utterance and the speaker's intentions, which determine how they stress different parts of the utterance. In all of the examples you give, 'he' or 'him' is unstressed, and unstressed words are the words that are pronounced most differently.

I've not heard the word 'liaison' used very much to speak about this in English, though it's a similar idea. Usually this topic is called 'connected speech' and then there are different ways that we connect words. The BBC Learning English website has a nice page on connected speech that I'd recommend as a good place to learn more about this. But really one of the best ways to learn this is to do what you've already done here: pay close attention to how native speakers speak, and then of course imitate and practise this same pronunciation as much as you can. Our Listen & Watch section is full of audio and video (like this page!) that you can use for this purpose.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Kirk,

Thank you very much for your detailed information. I learned so much from your input.

The connected speech on the BBC Learning English website is wonderful. I will imitate and practise those features over and over, so as to speak like native speakers.

Have a great day!

Best regards,

Indeed, we should avoid mixing work and friendship.

I have two children, he's a pest, Pedro is eleven years old and Lucca is four years old. Oh my God, they are terrible...

Aha...I am sure it is not a good idea to have business with friends. Thank you all :)

Hi..i would like to ask about What's the deference betwen this 2 words (few and bit)?

Hell Shtaewi,

'few' and 'bit' are words that can be used in more than one way, and seeing them in context (i.e. with the other words around them) is important to understanding them. You can find out more about them on our quantifiers page, but you're also welcome to ask us about a specific sentence that you've seen them in.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everyone!
The first time I join here, I know a bit English. can you explain for me this sentence:"I don’t have to bail you out, after all?", I don't know what's mean!
thank you for your help! ^^