Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    343
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default The pronunciation of the last letter D "Mind", "God", "Good".....

    Hi Everybody,

    I was wondering how do you pronounce the following english words, "Mind","God","Good","Sound,"head"......so on and so on, all of them have "d" at the end. How come I ask this question? Because I hear some native speakers would pronounce these words with "t" sound at the end, but not all of native speakers would say it in this way, please tell me why the last one is "d", but some pronounce as "t" sound....Please advise.

    W

  2. #2
    Raymott's Avatar
    Raymott is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    19,758
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: The pronunciation of the last letter D "Mind", "God", "Good".....

    Quote Originally Posted by Williamyh View Post
    Hi Everybody,

    I was wondering how do you pronounce the following english words, "Mind","God","Good","Sound,"head"......so on and so on, all of them have "d" at the end. How come I ask this question? Because I hear some native speakers would pronounce these words with "t" sound at the end, but not all of native speakers would say it in this way, please tell me why the last one is "d", but some pronounce as "t" sound....Please advise.

    W
    I've never heard what I'd interpret as /t/ from a native speaker.
    The /d/ in 'mind' and 'sound' are probably less aspirated than when they follow a vowel, because in /nd/ the tongue is already on the alveolar ridge for /n/, and /d/ is only produced in releasing.

    The 'o' in 'God' is longer than the 'o' in, say 'mod' or 'good', and /d/ might not sound as strong.

    If the word after 'good', etc. starts with an unvoiced letter, as in 'good song!" for example, the /d/ might also be less voiced, and sound closer to a /t/.

    German speakers tend to pronounce terminal /d/ as /t/, because that's what happens in their language.

Similar Threads

  1. [Proofread] ANOTHER complaint letter... gosh I'm such a hater
    By HaraKiriBlade in forum Editing & Writing Topics
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 26-Dec-2007, 02:48
  2. Query regarding salutation/ending a letter
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-Nov-2007, 12:47
  3. formal letter
    By tzimtzim in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 09-Nov-2006, 00:50
  4. Please help me to remend my resume and coverting letter
    By Anonymous in forum CVs, Resumes and Applications
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 23-Jul-2006, 12:25
  5. mark the pronunciation by English letter
    By emily wong in forum Pronunciation and Phonetics
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 25-Jun-2006, 18:52

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •