Are you an Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese or Spanish speaker who is working to improve your American accent?
If you are….it’s really important that you learn to use voiced consonant sounds!
Let me explain what I mean…..
A voiced sound causes your vocal chords to vibrate.
A voiceless sound does not cause your vocal chords to vibrate.
TRY THIS ⇣⇣
- Put your fingers lightly on your throat & say “zoo”.
- You should feel a vibration when you say the /z/.
- Keep your fingers on your throat & say “Sue”.
- You should not feel a vibration when you say the /s/.
- Put your fingers lightly on your throat & say “save”.
- You should feel a vibration when you say the /v/.
- Keep your fingers on your throat & say “safe”.
- You should not feel a vibration when you say the /f/.
American English has many voiced consonant sounds; there are 15, to be exact. But many non-native speakers never learned to say these sounds with the correct voicing.
When you say these sounds incorrectly, it contributes heavily to your foreign accent. When American English speakers don’t hear those sounds…they won’t always understand what you are saying!
How can you learn to articulate voiced consonant sounds?
An excellent & very affordable book for learning to use these sounds is:
I used this book when I taught pronunciation classes in Minneapolis & Washington, DC. It’s easy to use, with lots of pictures & diagrams.
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