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  • In this video ,we are going to focus on the two consonant sounds /b/ and /p/.

  • I know they sound very similar but they are actually different.

  • And they are very important sounds in English so I want you to be able to hear the difference

  • and pronounce them differently.

  • So let's take two example words.

  • The first example word isbin’.

  • Now can you hear the /b/ sound?

  • bin

  • Now, the second example word ispin’.

  • Can you hear the difference - the /p/ sound?

  • pin

  • bin

  • pin

  • I know they sound very similar but they are different.

  • And with practice, you will hear the difference.

  • And you will be able to pronounce them differently.

  • I promise you that.

  • So let's get started.

  • The first step is to know how to make these /b/ and /p/ sounds in English

  • so you can pronounce them correctly.

  • And you know the difference between the two sounds.

  • And I'm going to teach you that.

  • Also guys, if you're serious about pronunciation, it's very important to know about the IPA

  • spelling.

  • You can also watch how I move my mouth,

  • and of course always try to repeat after me in this video.

  • I'm sure you can master these sounds, so let's do this.

  • Okay, guys.

  • Let's now practice producing the sound /b/ in

  • English.

  • So what you're going to do, the first thing is,

  • that this /b/ sound is voiced which means that

  • you're going to use your voice.

  • So when you produce the sound, you are going to feel a vibration in your throat.

  • And what you're going to do is basically push out the air with your lips.

  • They should touch each other so

  • /b/

  • Okay, please repeat the sound after me.

  • /b/

  • Let's now practice with the wordbin’.

  • Please repeat after me.

  • bin

  • bin

  • bin

  • Good.

  • And now let's practice producing the sound /p/ in English.

  • So /p/ is basically going to be the exact same

  • thing as the /b/ sound,

  • but it's unvoiced

  • which means that you are not going to use your voice.

  • No vibration in the throat.

  • You're just going to push out the air with your lips.

  • No sound.

  • So /p/

  • Can you repeat after me?

  • /p/

  • Let's now practice with the word /pin/.

  • Repeat after me.

  • 'pin'

  • Good job.

  • Ok students, let's now practice with minimal pairs.

  • Words that sound very similar where the actual sounds are different.

  • They are very useful to help you hear the difference between the two sounds.

  • So first let's practice just the sounds.

  • Okay and I want you to repeat after me.

  • First the /b/ sound.

  • /b/

  • And now the /p/ sound.

  • Remember unvoiced.

  • Okay watch my mouth.

  • Repeat after me.

  • /p/

  • Good.

  • Let's now practice both.

  • Please repeat after me.

  • /b/

  • /p/

  • /b/

  • /p/

  • /b/

  • /p/

  • Good.

  • And let's now take our words.

  • Please repeat after me.

  • bin

  • pin

  • bin

  • pin

  • bin

  • pin

  • Excellent, guys.

  • Moving on.

  • Let's now go through minimal pairs together.

  • Remember to watch how I move my mouth.

  • And to repeat after me.

  • Let's do this.

  • bare

  • pare

  • base

  • pace

  • bat

  • pat

  • batty

  • patty

  • bay

  • pay

  • bead

  • peed

  • beak

  • peak

  • bear

  • pear

  • beat

  • peat

  • bee

  • pee

  • beep

  • peep

  • beer

  • peer

  • belt

  • pelt

  • best

  • pest

  • bet

  • pet

  • big

  • pig

  • bill

  • pill

  • bit

  • pit

  • bitch

  • pitch

  • blade

  • played

  • bland

  • planned

  • blank

  • plank

  • blaster

  • plaster

  • blaze

  • plays

  • bleat

  • pleat

  • bleed

  • plead

  • bloom

  • plume

  • blot

  • plot

  • blunder

  • plunder

  • blush

  • plush

  • braise

  • praise

  • brat

  • prat

  • brawn

  • prawn

  • breach

  • preach

  • breast

  • pressed

  • brick

  • prick

  • bride

  • pride

  • boo

  • poo

  • bore

  • pore

  • bull

  • pull

  • burr

  • per

  • but

  • putt

  • butter

  • putter

  • bye

  • pie

  • cab

  • cap

  • cub

  • cup

  • lib

  • lip

  • pub

  • pup

  • rib

  • rip

  • robe

  • rope

  • tab

  • tap

  • Very good, guys.

  • Let's now practice with a few sentences using these consonant sounds.

  • The first sentence is, ‘The bear cub plundered pairs and butter.’

  • Can you repeat after me, guys?

  • The bear cub plundered pairs and butter.’

  • The second sentence is, ‘The bride blushed at the proud preacher.’

  • Please repeat after me.

  • The bride blushed at the proud preacher.’

  • Good.

  • And finally, ‘Please pet the big pig.’

  • Repeat after me please.

  • Please pet the big pig.’

  • Great job, guys.

  • Moving on.

  • Let's now move on to listening practice.

  • I'm now going to show you two words.

  • I will say one of the two words and I want you to listen very carefully

  • and to tell me if this word is ‘a’ or ‘b’.

  • Let's get started.

  • Let's start with our first two words.

  • Now, which one do I say ‘a’ or ‘b’?

  • Listen very carefully.

  • rope

  • 'a' or 'b'?

  • one more time

  • rope

  • Now what do you think guys?

  • It's ‘b’ – ‘rope’.

  • ‘a’ would be pronouncedrobe’.

  • Okay.

  • What about now?

  • bride

  • Is it ‘a’ or ‘b’?

  • It's ‘a’ - ‘bride’.

  • ‘b’ ispride’.

  • And then,

  • beak

  • It's ‘a’ - ‘beak’.

  • ‘b’ ispeak’.

  • breast

  • Which one is it?

  • It's ‘a’ – ‘breast’.

  • ‘b’ ispressed’.

  • preach

  • preach

  • ‘b’ of course – ‘preach’.

  • ‘a’ isbreach’.

  • Then I have...

  • bare’.

  • bare

  • ‘a’ or ‘b’?

  • It's ‘a’ – ‘bear’.

  • ‘b’ ispear’.

  • Now...

  • cap’.

  • cap

  • It's ‘b’.

  • ‘a’ would becab’.

  • What about now?

  • cup

  • cup

  • Is it ‘a’ or is it ‘b’?

  • It's ‘b’ – ‘cup’.

  • ‘a’ is cub.

  • Then I have...

  • plays’.

  • plays

  • Now what do you think?

  • It's ‘b’ ‘plays’.

  • ‘a’ isblaze’.

  • And finally,

  • rib

  • rib

  • It's ‘a’- ‘rib’.

  • ‘b’ isrip’.

  • I'm sure you did a great job.

  • Excellent, students.

  • Well I know you now have a better understanding of the consonant

  • sounds /b/ and /p/ in English.

  • Please don't stop there.

  • Keep practicing.

  • It takes a lot of practice to master these sounds

  • but you can do it.