Episode #21 [t] and [d]

7 January 2017

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Hello, and welcome back to this week’s Real English video.

I’m Darcy and today we’ll be working on the sounds [t] and [d] which are stop consonants. To pronounce stop consonants, there’s a complete closure in the mouth that stops the air from flowing. For[t] and [d], this closure is created by the tip of the tongue touching the roof of the mouth just behind your upper teeth.

Note that in languages like French, the tongue is a bit lower, touching your teeth, so if French is your first language, make sure you move your tongue up a little bit to sound English-like.

[t] is a voiceless sound which means that your vocal chords don’t vibrate, but [d] is voiced which means that they do vibrate.

[t], [d]. [t], [d]. [t], [d].

Here are a few pairs of sounds which only differ in the sounds [t] and [d]:
Ten, den. Great, grade. Time, dime.

And here’s a tongue twister to help you practice the [t] sound:
Do tongue twisters twist your tongue?

Give that a go and see how you go.

Good luck and we’ll see you next Friday.