The American English T Sounds
In yesterday’s post, I wrote about the 4 sounds of the American T * and I explained how Americans often use a tapped T sound
Go ahead and read that if you missed it~ the tapped T sound.
Today, I’ll tell you about the dropped T sound and how using it will make your American English sound smoother.
The dropped T sound
American English speakers frequently drop the /t/ sound when it occurs after the /n/ sound.
This is very common, especially in everyday conversations!
In fact, last week I was working with one of my Japanese clients on the pronunciation of the words
He was pronouncing these words with short vowel sounds and very heavy T sounds. The T sounds were louder than the vowel sounds.
That made the words sound choppy.
I told him that his English would sound more clear and natural if he dropped the sound of the letter T in those words.
Here three 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 = I’ve got plenny of money.
There are MANY others!
Sound smoother & more natural
Some of my 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 your American accent to sound more smoother and natural you can drop the /t/ sound when you say the words above.
American T sounds quiz
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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About the author
Susan Ryan is the author of the ConfidentVoice blog and an American English communication and accent reduction coach.