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  • Hello there!

  • This is the "Sounds American" channel.

  • In this video we're going to talk about the American consonant sound /n/,

  • as in the word "nice".

  • You can also hear this sound in words like

  • "now,"

  • "open,"

  • "nine"

  • or "sunny."

  • We'll be using a special phonetic symbol - /n/ - for this sound.

  • The /n/ sound exists in a majority of the world languages

  • and many non-native English speakers typically don't have any difficulties with this sound.

  • However, sometimes the /n/ gets distorted or confused with other sounds.

  • Here are a few common problems that people have with the /n/ sound:

  • The /n/ is often confused with the /m/ sound.

  • For example: "then" - "them"

  • Also, the /n/ is confused with the /ŋ/ sound.

  • Compare: "sin" - "sing"

  • Another typical problem is that the /n/ is reduced or even dropped at the end of words:

  • "then" - "the"

  • To make sure you know how to pronounce the /n/ like an American,

  • let's find out how to make it and then practice it in words.

  • To make the /n/ sound correctly,

  • it's important to focus on passing the air through your nose.

  • Let's take a closer look at how to do that:

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

  • Next stop the air in your mouth with the tip of your tongue

  • and direct it into your nose.

  • If you make this sound correctly,

  • you should be able to stretch out this sound,

  • like this:

  • /n-n-n-n-n-n-n/

  • Now, let's try saying it:

  • /n/

  • /n/

  • /n/

  • Now, let's practice the /n/ sound in some words.

  • You'll see a word on the screen and hear its pronunciation.

  • Like this:

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

  • Repeat each word after the speaker,

  • this is the most important part of the exercise.

  • Let's begin.

  • You're done!

  • Congratulations!

  • Did you know that the /n/ sound is the most frequently used consonant in American English?

  • For instance, in this particular video it's been used 189 times!

  • Sorry, after that last sentence it's now actually 192 times. :)

  • As for regular daily conversations,

  • you can hear the /n/ in every 4th word.

  • Now you know how important this sound is for your American accent :).

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輔音/n/如 "nice"-美式英語發音。 (Consonant Sound / n / as in "nice"- American English Pronunciation)

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    余海玲 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日