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
You may wanna read that one 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 English sound more American.
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 Toronto & center.
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.
A Few Examples
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.
American T Sounds Quiz
Here is a short QUIZ you can take to test your knowledge of the American T sounds.