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    Default Very hard to sing the song "Row Row Row Your Boat" when pronounce "t" of "gently"

    Hi All,

    I really want to know if the "t" sound of "gently" is necessary to be sounded? When singing the song, Row Row Row Your Boat, it's very hard to pronounce it....can I use glottal stop for the "t" sound of "gently?

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    Row row row your boat
    Gently down to stream
    Merrily Merrily Merrily
    Life is but a dream

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    Default Re: Very hard to sing the song "Row Row Row Your Boat" when pronounce "t" of "gently"

    It's fine to glottal-stop the t in 'gently'. A lot of native speakers, though not all, would do this. Regarding the other t's: the t in 'boat' can also be skipped, if you like, because it merges nicely into 'gently'; but it's better to pronounce the t in 'but'.

    I've attached a recording of me singing the verse twice! First time with a t in 'gently', second time without. ;)
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    Default Re: Very hard to sing the song "Row Row Row Your Boat" when pronounce "t" of "gently"

    I won't record myself doing it, but I tried it and using glottal stops for both came more naturally.

    I've attached a recording of me singing the verse twice

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    Default Re: Very hard to sing the song "Row Row Row Your Boat" when pronounce "t" of "gently"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I won't record myself doing it
    Thank heavens for small mercies.

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    Default Re: Very hard to sing the song "Row Row Row Your Boat" when pronounce "t" of "gently"

    And you haven't heard me sing.

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