How to Pronounce X in American English
Do you know how to pronounce the letter X in American English?
My accent reduction coaching clients are usually surprised to learn that the letter X has two different sounds.
Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know this. Native speakers don’t know this either!!
Here are the rules for pronouncing the letter X
When the letter X is followed by a stressed vowel sound, it’s pronounced like /gz/.
Here are a few examples:
1. exact egzact
2. exactly egzactly
3. example egzample
4. exam egzam
5. examine egzamine
When the letter X is followed by a consonant sound it is pronounced like /ks/.
1. extreme ekstreme
2. extinguish ekstinguish
3. expect ekspect
4. context contekst
5. next nekst
The pronunciations of the letter X are often difficult for Chinese, Vietnamese & Spanish speakers.
I tell my clients who are learning these sounds to take it slow and try to feel the voicing in the /gz/ sound.
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Using voiced consonant sounds such as /g/, /z/ & /d/ correctly is very important for clear American pronunciation.