Episode #24 Voiceless stops – End

29 January 2017


Hi, I’m Darcy and welcome back to Real English.

Last week we talked about the voiceless stops – [p], [t], and [k] – and how they can be pronounced differently in different positions in the word.

This week, we’ll talk about how they’re pronounced at the end of a word. When these stops occur at the end of a word, they’re often unreleased which means there’s no puff of air after the sound. For example, instead of saying ‘cat’ (pronounced with a voiced ‘t’), I might say ‘cat’ (pronounced with a voiceless ‘t’).

To pronounce an unreleased sound, you put your tongue or lips in the position to make the sound but then just don’t release it.

Here are some example words with released and unreleased stops:
stop, flat, back.

There’s no tongue twister this week, but try to practice these sounds so you can pronounce them both ways.

Good luck and we’ll see you next Friday.