Episode #22 [k] and [g]
15 January 2017
Hi, I’m Darcy and welcome back to this week’s Real English video.
Today we’re looking at our last set of stop consonants, [k] and [g]. Stop consonants have complete closure in the mouth that stops the air from flowing. For [k] and [g], this closure is created by the back of the tongue touching the roof of your mouth.
[k] is voiceless which means that the vocal chords don’t vibrate, but [g] is voiced meaning they do vibrate.
[k], [g]. [k], [g]. [k], [g].
Here are a few words that differ only in these two sounds:
Kale, gale. Came, game. Back, bag.
And here’s a tongue twister to help you practice these sounds:
The great Greek grape growers grow great Greek grapes.
Give that one a try and see how it goes for next week.
Good luck and see you next Friday.