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    Default pronounciation of 't' in better and 'g' in...

    1) my first question: how do you pronounce "t" in words "better", "letter", "matter",..? like "d" or "t"?


    2) my second question: do you pronounce "g" in "finding"?

    thanks in advance

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    Default Re: pronounciation of 't' in better and 'g' in...

    You should pronounce these words with a "t", although many Americans in everyday speech will make these words sound like "bedder".

    You should pronounce the "g" in finding, but it is not as pronounced as if the "g" were at the start or middle of the word.

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    Default Re: pronounciation of 't' in better and 'g' in...

    Also, a lot of people drop the "g" at the end of finding.

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    Default Re: pronounciation of 't' in better and 'g' in...

    Welcome.

    Quote Originally Posted by guest
    1) my first question: how do you pronounce "t" in words "better", "letter", "matter",..? like "d" or "t"?
    North American speakers pronounce -tt- as [D], a dental flap. It's neither the sound [t] nor [d], but it sounds like them. To make the sound [D], say [d] but don't touch the back of your teeth with the tip of your tongue. Now say, be[D]er, le[D]er, ma[D]er.

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    2) my second question: do you pronounce "g" in "finding"?
    No. The letters "ng" represent one sound, a nasal sound, a velar nasal. To make that sound, say [n] then raise the back of your tongue upward - not forward - to the roof of your mouth.

    Hope that helps.

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    Default Re: pronounciation of 't' in better and 'g' in...

    All these answers are true for certain dialects -- but not all.

    Few native speakers give the "t" in "better" its full value. The standard US pronunciation has been described. In many dialects in the south of England, it is often pronounced as a so-called "glottal stop", although you shouldn't try to copy that pronunciation.

    As for the "g" in finding, it is pronounced in some dialects, especially in the British Midlands (the Birmingham area). However, the Midlands accent is usually considered to be rather ugly.

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