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    I always have problems with the past tense of 'ring'. Rang /rŋ/

    Hi teachers,
    I always have problems with the past tense of 'ring'. Rang /rŋ/
    Some webs pronounce it similar to 'a' and some others to 'e' to my ear. I know this sound doesn't exist in my language. Could you tell me a few simple words where the '' sound is included.


    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: I always have problems with the past tense of 'ring'. Rang /rŋ/

    * Not a teacher

    rap, cat, rat, flat, fracture etc.

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    Re: I always have problems with the past tense of 'ring'. Rang /rŋ/

    Hi SirGod,
    Thank you for your reply. 'Fat' is also another one. I guess is like a weak 'e' in my language. By the way I'm from Spain. Could someone confirm it?

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    Re: I always have problems with the past tense of 'ring'. Rang /rŋ/

    Try this website and just search for any of the words you were given or, any three-letter word in which the middle letter is "a" (except those which end -ar or -ah). "Rang" might be in there. If not, you can suggest that a word be pronounced and recorded (I think you have to sign up to do that).

    Bear in mind also that quite a lot of people use "rung" instead of "rang".

    My Spanish pronunciation may be a bit skewed but I would say that the "a" in "rang" is very close to the one at the beginning of "abono" or in "padron". What's a Spanish word with a weak "e"?

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    Re: I always have problems with the past tense of 'ring'. Rang /rŋ/

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Try this website and just search for any of the words you were given or, any three-letter word in which the middle letter is "a" (except those which end -ar or -ah). "Rang" might be in there. If not, you can suggest that a word be pronounced and recorded (I think you have to sign up to do that).

    Bear in mind also that quite a lot of people use "rung" instead of "rang".

    My Spanish pronunciation may be a bit skewed but I would say that the "a" in "rang" is very close to the one at the beginning of "abono" or in "padron". What's a Spanish word with a weak "e"? I don't think there's one at all. Las vocales fuertes son: a, e, o. Las dbiles son: i, u. It was a wrong way of saying it, in fact!
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply and website. It's really good.

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    Re: I always have problems with the past tense of 'ring'. Rang /rŋ/

    You can also listen to it here.

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    Re: I always have problems with the past tense of 'ring'. Rang /rŋ/

    If the OP is hearing different sounds for the vowel, perhaps part of the problem is the difference between British and American English pronunciations of the words listed.

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    Re: I always have problems with the past tense of 'ring'. Rang /rŋ/

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    ...
    Bear in mind also that quite a lot of people use "rung" instead of "rang".
    But I hope you're not encouraging it!
    ...
    My Spanish pronunciation may be a bit skewed but I would say that the "a" in "rang" is very close to the one at the beginning of "abono" or in "padron". ...
    Sorry, it's not. English speakers are no good at hearingor producing [a], They've learnt not to hear it - as any human baby learns not to attend to sounds that their mother tongue doesn't use).

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    Re: I always have problems with the past tense of 'ring'. Rang /rŋ/

    Hi BobK,
    But I hope you're not encouraging it! No, I'm not.

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    #10

    Re: I always have problems with the past tense of 'ring'. Rang /rŋ/

    [AmE - not a teacher]

    I'm really confused. "Rang" sounds exactly like the vowel in "el rey" (king) to me.

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