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    Default Having troubles pronouncing 'tw' words

    Hi,

    I am having problems pronouncing 'tw' words like twenty, twelve, twins and twist.

    I have attached a short audio clip of me saying it.
    mediafire.com/?delk839dfpxkkop

    Please give me some suggestions on what I'm doing wrong.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Having troubles pronouncing 'tw' words

    Can you pronounce [t] alone, as in "top" or "ten"?

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    Default Re: Having troubles pronouncing 'tw' words

    Yeah. It's just tw.

    When I say the tw, my lips close up towards the center and then out into a smiling shape. My tongue is in the middle. I'm sure this is wrong.

    I speak English more than my native language, so my habits were developed long ago. I want to correct the more serious pronunciation issues.
    Last edited by bibi00; 09-May-2011 at 02:12.

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    Default Re: Having troubles pronouncing 'tw' words

    Your tongue- could you explain this a bit more? Where's the tip of your tongue? When I say it, the end of my tongue is at the top of my mouth, a bit behind my teeth.

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    Default Re: Having troubles pronouncing 'tw' words

    It's just lying there in the bottom not moving. So my tongue is suppose to start by touching the roof behind my teeth, then lower as I speak?

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    Default Re: Having troubles pronouncing 'tw' words

    One great way for improving pronunciation is to use youtube.

    Search for certain words or topics that you'd like to target. After watching and listening to them next record your own voice and compare.

    Note: By recording your own voice you can listen to your own pronunciation from a new perspective.

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    Default Re: Having troubles pronouncing 'tw' words

    Quote Originally Posted by bibi00 View Post
    It's just lying there in the bottom not moving. So my tongue is suppose to start by touching the roof behind my teeth, then lower as I speak?
    Yes. Your tongue is supposed to make exactly the same movement as it does when you just pronounce [t]. The letter "t" corresponds to the same sound in both "twin" and "tin". The first sound of either word is [t].

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    Default Re: Having troubles pronouncing 'tw' words

    How's this? I tried correcting it, but not sure if it improved.

    mediafire.com/?0e7mtje279t52v6

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    Default Re: Having troubles pronouncing 'tw' words

    Quote Originally Posted by bibi00 View Post
    How's this? I tried correcting it, but not sure if it improved.

    mediafire.com/?0e7mtje279t52v6
    Your "tw" is good now! Well done.

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    Default Re: Having troubles pronouncing 'tw' words

    I listened to both and you GREATLY improved from the first to the second. Congrats. I think it sounds really good!

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