How should in an instant be spoken?
[ɪ nə nɪn.stənt]
[ɪn nən nɪn.stənt]
If we use second version, then we append [n] before [ən] and before [n.stənt].
How do I correctly link words together when speaking English naturally?
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To speak American English most naturally, at least for dialects I'm familiar with, don't link consonants. Word final consonants before a vowel of a following word will be syllable final if there is no linking, but they will be syllable initial if there is linking. Generally, syllable final consonants are weakened, while syllable initial consonants are strengthened. In English, these final consonants are weakened, which tells us that they are syllable final, so we know there has been no linking. Linking prevents weakening.
There are a number of examples of weakening word final consonants before a vowel beginning a following word. The most well known and widespread is flapping of t/d/n after a vowel or glide.