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  • Hello there!

  • This is the "Sounds American" channel.

  • In this video, we're going to talk about the flap 'T' sound,

  • as in the word "water."

  • You can also hear this sound in words like

  • "city"-"butter" - "title" or "kitty."

  • Now listen to how these words sound with a "regular" 'T':

  • "city" - "butter" - "title" - "kitty."

  • Can you hear a difference?

  • In American English these words are pronounced with the flap 'T'.

  • There's nothing wrong with using a "regular" 'T',

  • it just sounds a little less American and more British.

  • And there's nothing wrong with British English.

  • So, if you have more important things to work on for your pronunciation,

  • you may skip the rest of this video.

  • If you'd like to fine-tune your American accent, keep watching.

  • So, what exactly is the flap 'T' sound?

  • If you watched the Stop Sounds Overview video,

  • you may remember that there are six stop consonants in American English.

  • And yet, here's one more stop sound.

  • No, it's not a mistake.

  • The flap 'T' is somewhere between the /t/ and the /d/ sounds.

  • It's basically the /t/ sound,

  • which is pronounced in a different way in certain positions in a word.

  • The thing is,

  • when the /t/ occurs between voiced sounds,

  • it sounds more like a quick /d/: "water."

  • When does it happen?

  • When the /t/ is between two vowels,

  • as vowel sounds are always voiced:

  • Or between a vowel and a voiced consonant sound:

  • Why does it happen?

  • Because it's easier to continue voicing rather than switching to a voiceless /t/ sound.

  • For example,

  • Speaking about voicing,

  • it's time to learn how to make the flap 'T'

  • and find out whether it's similar or different from the /t/ and the /d/ sounds.

  • Just like for the /t/ or the /d/ sounds,

  • slightly open your mouth and leave your lips in a neutral position.

  • Now, you have to stop the air in your mouth.

  • Again,

  • do it the same way as for the /t/ or the /d/:

  • Place the tip of your tongue on the alveolar ridge behind your upper front teeth.

  • Next, release the air and add your voice.

  • This is where the flap 'T' may sound similar to the /d/ sound,

  • but the flap 'T' is quicker.

  • The flap 'T' is also called a "tap" 'T'

  • because it describes how your tongue quickly taps your alveolar ridge,

  • so focus on making a brief voiced sound, much like a fast /d/.

  • Now, let's try saying it:

  • Time to do some practice exercises.

  • As usual, you'll see a word on the screen and hear its pronunciation.

  • Like this:

  • You'll have a few seconds to pronounce the word.

  • Don't skip this part,

  • as the time more you practice,

  • the better your pronunciation will become.

  • Let's begin!

  • You're done!

  • Congratulations!

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輔音音瓣T,如水 - 美式英語的發音 (Consonant Sound Flap T as in water - American English Pronunciation)

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    John 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日