Linking is used by American speakers during conversation. It is essentially connecting words by having NO pauses between them. We do this in thought groups, or phrases. Sounds complicated, right? No worries, start with this quick and easy tip. Link articles to the following noun. Do this by not pausing between the article and the noun. Say it as if they become one word. If I say “the cat”, it sounds like “thecat”. If I say “the cat and the dog”, it would sound like “thecat and thedog”. This will greatly improve your intonation. Try it…people will notice a difference.