Episode #23 Voiceless stops – Beginning and middle

21 January 2017

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Hi, and welcome back to Real English.

I’m Darcy and today we’ll be taking a closer look at the voiceless stops; [p], [t], and [k].

These sounds can be pronounced differently depending on where they are in the word. For example, before a stressed vowel which usually happens at the beginning of a word, there’s a puff of air released when you say these sounds. If you put your hand in front of your face you can feel this.

[p], [t], [k].

Here are some words that have voiceless stops at the beginning:
paper, take, cat.

In the middle of a word, this puff of air doesn’t happen. For example, in the words:
‘hippie’ and ‘lucky’.

Here’s a tongue twister to help you practice these sounds. Watch out; this one’s tricky:
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickle peppers.
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers, Peter Piper picked?

See how you can do with that one and we’ll see you next Friday.