How to pronounce /kl/ and /kr/ in English

English pronunciation can be a bit tricky so let's practise the sounds of English together starting with the tongue twister "How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?"


How can a clam cram in a clean cream...

One of the things that makes English pronunciation difficult is we have 12 vowel sounds and we have 8 diphthongs. A diphthong is like two vowel sounds together. Also we have some consonant sounds that don't exist in other languages. So in this series of videos we're going to practise some tongue twisters and we'll use these tongue twisters to help practise different elements of English pronunciation to help you to overcome some of the difficulties of English pronunciation.

Here's a good example of why English pronunciation can be quite tricky sometimes. This is what we refer to as consonant clusters. This is when we have consonants together with no vowels. So think about a word like 'crisps'. So that's an example of a group of consonants that can be quite difficult for students to say.

So I'll practise the tongue twisters with you and I'll show you how to say them and we'll break it down. We'll also try to understand what each tongue twister means, but most tongue twisters have quite strange meanings. They're quite funny sentences. They don't necessarily mean anything, but if you can understand the words then it can make it easier for you to understand the tongue twister and to practise it.

Let's start by looking at a short but quite tricky tongue twister. It's a tongue twister that practises the /k/ sound in English, but also /kl/ and /kr/ So if we practise them together in this tongue twister, we'll start slowly and then hopefully it'll become easier for you when you practise every day. We'll also look at the vowels and the diphthongs in this tongue twister as well.

Let's look at the tongue twister first. I'll say it slowly and then I'll try to say it a bit more quickly and you can practise it with me. If you need some time to think about it then just pause the video and you can go back and check it again. So here we go...

How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?

So here are the vowel sounds and the diphthongs in that tongue twister.

How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?

So your homework is to practise those tongue twisters!

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How to pronounce /kl/ and /kr/ in English