Step1:Watch the videos(I've given the transcript for an easy grasp of the speech.)
First, while you are watching a video, make the consonant sound and pronounce
thewords asinstructed by Alex.
Second, play the video again but this time look at the transcript while listening to Alex.
Again, don'tforgetto make the consonant sound and pronounce thewords. .
(Video 1 - Watch in 'Full Screen')
This is a voiceless consonant.
You can hear it at the beginning of the word ‘tin’ /tɪn/;
In the middle of the word ‘button’ /ˈbʌtn/;
At the end of the word ‘get’ /get/;
And, at the beginning and end of the word ‘tight’ /taɪt/.
In English, we make this sound with the tongue behind the teeth.
( *Put the tip of your tongue against the tooth ridge, the bulge of the gum, NOT ONtheTEETH )
Now, let's try. Listen and repeat after me.
tin . . /tɪn/
button . /ˈbʌtn/
tight . /taɪt/
. Similar Sounds: /t/ and /d/
Now, you may find it difficult to hear the difference between this voicelesssound /t/ that you can hear at the beginning of the word ‘tin’ /tɪn/ and its voiced partner /d/ that you can hear at the beginning of the word ‘din’ /dɪn/.
Listen carefully to hear the difference. For each example, I shall say the word with the voiceless sound /t/ first.
tin . ./tɪn/ .din /dɪn/
two . /tu:/ do /du:/
town /taʊn/ down . /daʊn/
eight /eɪt/ . aid . /eɪd/
bet /bet/ bed .. /bed/
Did you hear the difference? Perhaps you can also see the difference. Did you notice how the puff of air at the beginning of ‘tin’ /tɪn/ makes the paper move?
Now, let's practise these examples. Listen carefully and repeat. (refer to the above list)
In English, a LETTER can have multipleSOUNDvalues! This often makesit difficult for a learner to get his pronunciation right! For example: office, wolf, onion, ocean, word, griffon, organ, obey and prove. The letter 'o' in all these words are pronounced differently; no two o's have the same sound! This is why we need phonetic symbols to tell us the different sounds that a letter could make. Now, just watch the video; don't worry too much about the details!