Episode #21 [t] and [d]
7 January 2017
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.