My accent reduction coaching clients are often surprised to learn that English is not always pronounced the same way that it’s written.
Here’s an example:
I was working with one of my Japanese clients on the pronunciation of the words Toronto and center.
He was pronouncing these words with short vowel sounds and heavy T sounds. That made the words sound choppy. The T sounds were louder than the vowel sounds.
I told him that those words would sound more clear and natural if he dropped the sound of the letter T.
I explained that North American English speakers frequently drop the /t/ sound when it occurs after the /n/ sound. This is very common in everyday conversations.
Here are some examples of words in which many Americans drop the /t/ sound.
1. winter = winner -It’s too cold here in the winner!
2. twenty = twenny- Thomas is paid twenny dollars an hour.
3. plenty = plenny -Sally has plenny of money in the bank.
4. center = cenner- Jim lives in the city cenner.
5. Toronto=Toronno -Toronno is an interesting city.
There are MANY others!
Some of my accent reduction clients prefer not to drop the /t/ sound and that’s OK. North Americans will understand you if you articulate the /t/.
However, if you want to reduce your accent and sound more natural you may want to drop the /t/ sound in the words above.
Here is a short QUIZ you can take to test your knowledge of the American T sounds.
The Sounds of the American T
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