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    dear teachers,

    how to pronunce t in the end of words such as bat and but?
    how to pronunce d in the end of words such as bad and bud?
    what's the difference? is it the tongue position that makes the difference?
    thanks for your help..

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    Default Re: the pronunciation difference between t and d

    When I say them, my tongue is further forwards for the -d sound. Also, the -d sound is voiced (the throat vibrates).

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    Default Re: the pronunciation difference between t and d

    thanks, but i still don't understand...
    can you please explain again in detail about the tongue position to make the sound of t ending (teh) and d ending (deh)

    I've tried by stopping the airflow and then lowering the tip tongue sharply to release the airflow with sudden pressure, but i don't know how to make t ending and d ending different

    thanks again...

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    Default Re: the pronunciation difference between t and d

    I see no difference in the tongue position. /t/ and /d/ are made in the same way, except that /t/ is unvoiced and /d/ is voiced. Don't involve the first part of the word or become preoccupied with your tongue-- just focus on saying the terminal sound with and without vibrating your vocal cords.

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    Default Re: the pronunciation difference between t and d

    thanks for the tips...
    I am just not confident with my pronunciation on voiced and unvoiced ending since my native language doesn't care much about voiced and unvoiced ending consonants. I guess I need to practice more....
    thanks again...

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    Default Re: the pronunciation difference between t and d

    Quote Originally Posted by may
    thanks for the tips...
    I am just not confident with my pronunciation on voiced and unvoiced ending since my native language doesn't care much about voiced and unvoiced ending consonants. I guess I need to practice more....
    thanks again...
    In addition, final "t" in English is partially aspirated. That is, there's a bit of air that follows the "t". If you don't release the air, "t" will be unaspirated, and that sounds a lot like [d], which is probably why you can't feel a difference.

    Try, [t], [t], slowly. Let the air flow through; release the air after [t].

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