A difficult consonant sound for Chinese Speakers

A difficult consonant sound for Chinese Speakers

A difficult consonant sound for Chinese Speakers

A difficult consonant sound for Chinese Speakers

In my accent reduction coaching program I help many Chinese professionals speak American English more clearly.

Most of my Mandarin & Cantonese speaking clients live in North America.

Some live in China, Hong Kong & Singapore.

Word final /ng/ sound

One American consonant sound that my Chinese clients have difficulty pronouncing is the /ng/ sound at the end of words.

The /ng/ sound occurs frequently in spoken English.

You’ll find it at the end of many words including:

  • sing
  • wrong
  • evening
  • going
  • studying
  • bring
  • thing

Sound substitution

Many Chinese speakers substitute the /n/ sound for the /ng/ sound. When that happens…

  • the word thing sounds like thin
  • the word sing sounds like sin
  • the word bring sounds like brin

You can see that a native speaker might get confused when an /ng/ sounds like an /n/.

Articulation tip

The /ng/ sound is a voiced, nasal sound.

To articulate this sound you must raise the back of your tongue to the soft palate and push the flow of air which through your nose.

That may sound tricky, but it can be learned.

University of Iowa Phonetics 

I often use the University of Iowa Phonetics website to show my clients how to articulate this sound.

They find the interactive diagrams here very, very helpful!

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