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    Default Re: how to pronounce "can't"

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Thanks ems.

    There was a time when I said "don't", I didn't pronounce the "T's". My child's American teacher told me that I should pronounce the "T's". What is your opinion about that?
    My opinion is that you should pronounce the "t".

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    Default Re: how to pronounce "can't"

    You should always pronounce the "t" at the end of a word. In reality, many of us don't, especially when it comes before another "t" at the beginning of the next word. In fact, I just said "next word" out loud and I didn't pronounce the "t" properly. It sounded like "nex word". That is how I would say it in everyday speech, to my friends and family and in any normal situation. I would say it the same way in a conversation class. If I were teaching a formal class, I would pronounce the "t" properly.

    As my parents always said "Don't do as I do. Do as I say."
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: how to pronounce "can't"

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post


    I try to pronounce words like she.
    I guess there's huge diffrenece between AmE and BrE.

    If I compare your post (your way to pronounce "can't") with her video (her way). It seems to me that you're talking in diffireneces languages.
    The video is very good for AmE pronunciation of these two words.

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    Default Re: how to pronounce "can't"

    It's all very well for Americans not to pronounce the /t/ if they can do it and be understood. There are many subtle phonetic variations from the standard that are acceptable only because they are understandable. If you are not a native speaker, you should say the /t/. It's far more important that you are understood than that you drop the 't' on 'can't'.

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    Default Re: how to pronounce "can't"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It's all very well for Americans not to pronounce the /t/ if they can do it and be understood. There are many subtle phonetic variations from the standard that are acceptable only because they are understandable. If you are not a native speaker, you should say the /t/. It's far more important that you are understood than that you drop the 't' on 'can't'.
    Strongly agree with Raymott. The first thing is to make sure people understand what you say.

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    Default Re: how to pronounce "can't"

    Thanks all of you

    Other than the final T's, what other final sounds do the majority of native speakers don't pronounce them?

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    Default Re: how to pronounce "can't"

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Thanks all of you

    Other than the final T's, what other final sounds do the majority of native speakers don't pronounce them?
    Have we established that the majority of native speakers don't pronounce final 't'?

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    Default Re: how to pronounce "can't"

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Does " release" mean" pronounce ?

    Thanks.
    No, it doesn't.
    This is more obvious with, say, 'n'. You can say 'nnnnnnnnnn', which is pronouncing it, but you haven't released it until you take your tongue away from the alveolar margin. For a /t/, /k/, /p/ almost all of the pronunciation is in the release.

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    Default Re: how to pronounce "can't"

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    Have we established that the majority of native speakers don't pronounce final 't'?
    No, we haven't, Ray.

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    Default Re: how to pronounce "can't"

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    No, we haven't, Ray.
    I don't think so.

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