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    Sounds /t/ and /d/ in fast speech

    1. Sound /d/ as far as I know is often omitted when it appears in the middle of consonant clusters. That feature dosen't bring any particular difficulties for me. I also noticed that when I try to say some words containing sound /d/ ('paddle' for instance) fast this sound changes to something like /ɾ/ or /r/. What happens with /d/ sound in UK English (I refer mostly to RP)?

    2. The same problems with /t/ sound. Sometimes in my speech it also changes (if I don't try to speak slowly) to something like /ɾ/ or /r/. But British English speakers often change it to the glottal stop /ʔ/ (for example, butter is pronounced like /buʔə/). But for me this is rather difficult as I can't distinguish /ʔ/ and /ə/.
    What's the difference between:

    /bɒtl/ & /bɒəl/

    /lɑːst deɪ/ & /lɑːs deɪ/ & /lɑːsʔ deɪ/

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    Re: Sounds /t/ and /d/ in fast speech

    With your bottle example, it's more like /ʊ/ than a schwa to me- /bɒʔʊl/ rather than /bɒəl/. The glottal stop is not the vowel sound itself, but the break in the flow of air that allows a transition from one vowel to the other.

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