Speaking Day 14: Catch-up session

This is a good day to catch up with your Flipgrids.

IELTS Speaking Bootcamp catchup

Learn more about vowel-linking (syllabification, catenation) on the BBC LearningEnglish site.


Review: The 2-minute Speaking Challenge

The aim of this 30-day challenge is to help you practise speaking for 2 minutes by yourself.

The examples are NOT models – I did them with no planning or thought, and just wanted to show you that in natural speech there are plenty of ‘ums and ers’ while you’re thinking of ideas.


  • You do NOT have to answer all the bullet points.
  • You can say whatever comes into your head – just try to avoid repeating yourself
  • Tell a story wherever possible – this will give you plenty to talk about and an opportunity to show off your Past Tenses.
  • Record yourself every day, and listen back to the recording.

Get the 30-Day Part 2 Speaking Challenge PDF here.

The 2-Minute Speaking Challenge

Do ONE of these 2-minute topics every day for 30 days.

Record yourself and listen back to the recording. Keep a note of common mistakes.

Week 1

Day 1 – A book you read
Day 2 – A competition you won
Day 3 – Someone who’s a good cook
Day 4 – A building you like
Day 5 – A person you admire
Day 6 – Technology
Day 7 – A present you received

Week 2

Day 8 – A sporting event you attended
Day 9 – A TV show you enjoy
Day 10 – A river
Day 11 – An old person you know
Day 12 – A website you use
Day 13 – A time when you were late
Day 14 – A business you’d like to start

Week 3

15 – A museum you visited
16 – A country you’d like to visit
17 – A speech you heard
18 – A time when you felt stressed at work
19 – Something you returned to a shop
20 – An area that’s changing

Week 4

Day 22 – A celebrity I’d like to meet
Day 23 – A party I went to
Day 24 – An advert I liked
Day 25 – An event in history
Day 26 – An instrument I’d like to play
Day 27 – Something I saved for
Day 28 – A work of art
Day 29 – An exciting email
Day 30 – A journey that went wrong!

Resyllabification: when ‘n’ attaches to the next vowel

This is another type of assimilation.

Once you’ve heard this, you can’t UNhear it, and it will affect how you understand fast speech.

Resyllabification (catenation) happens when the consonant moves to the next syllable.

It mostly happens with ‘n’ but also with other sounds e.g.

The great ape = The grey tape

The children went in = The children when tin.

The boat I saw = The bow tie saw.

He made out a cheque = He may doubt a cheque.

An ice-cream = A nice cream


*Interesting fact.

Apparently the English word for the fruit (‘orange‘) came from the Spanish ‘naranja’, because when English people said ‘a naranja’ they thought it was ‘an aranja’.

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