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    Re: Consonant clusters nt, nd, rt and rd‏. (part II)

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    Hi, Raymott:

    Raymott, you're not supposed to be american because I'm pretty sure this is common in AmE, please check this video:
    First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks on The Power of Education - YouTube
    Sorry, I didn't realise you were using /r/ for a flap.
    I'm not American, but this has nothing to do with how commonly you think something exists in AmE. I'm not supposed to be American because I make no secret of being Australian; it's in my profile.

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    #12

    Re: Consonant clusters nt, nd, rt and rd‏. (part II)

    Thanks N Senbei:

    Are you an English linguist?

    Respectfully,


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    #13

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    Thanks again N Senbei:

    I have heard about '' Schwa plus /r/ sound '', maybe it is the same, but your explanation was pretty instructive to me. I deeply appreciate it.

    Regards,


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    Re: Consonant clusters nt, nd, rt and rd‏. (part II)

    Dear Senbei:

    Where did you find the above spectograph online?

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    #15

    Re: Consonant clusters nt, nd, rt and rd‏. (part II)

    Hello,
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    Are you an english linguist?
    Sorry, I’m not a linguist or anything. I’m just a learner who happens to be interested in phonetics.
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    Where did you find the above spectograph online?
    I used a program called “Praat” to generate spectrograms. You can download it for free from: http://www.fon.hum.uva.nl/praat/

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    Re: Consonant clusters nt, nd, rt and rd‏. (part II)

    Thank you N Senbei:

    I will download it. I'm interested in having a software like that; it will help me in knowing about sounds and consequently in improving mine.

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    #17

    Re: Consonant clusters nt, nd, rt and rd‏. (part II)

    Hi, apprentice!

    I'm a 62-year-old American, and I can tell you with absolute certainty that you're hearing it wrong. It's not your fault. The video you're using has low-quality audio. Ms. Obama's diction is good, and she isn't skipping all those Ts and Ds. She's hitting some of them quickly and softly, but they're there.

    The rules you're creating simply do not exist in American English. It's true that we do often (of'en!) skip Ts. And unlike the British, we soften them into Ds. But we don't do it in the ways you're describing.

    It's good that you're puzzling this out, though. Studying the differences among different English-speaking cultures can be a life-long pursuit. Keep listening. You'll get there!

    Charlie

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