How to pronounce /p/ and /b/ in English

These two tongue twisters focus on the difference in English pronunciation between the sounds /p/ and /b/. We'll start with the tongue twister "Patty baked a big apple pie for Peter's birthday party" and then we'll look at "The pit bull barked before biting the petrified postman".

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Patty baked a big apple pie for Peter's birthday party. The two tongue twisters we're going to look at in this video practise the consonant sounds /p/ and /b/.  Some languages don't have a difference between these two sounds. The difference here is between unvoiced and voiced sounds.

So the first one...this sound is in your mouth. The second sound...this sound is lower down, you can feel this in your throat, around your vocal chords. If you want to see the difference, just put your hand on your throat for the voiced...and you can feel the vibration in your throat. But for the unvoiced sound...that sound is in your mouth and there's no vibration down here in your throat. Afterwards we'll also look at the vowel sounds in these tongue twisters.

OK, let's try the first one. Patty baked a big apple pie for Peter's birthday party. So this is a good one for practising /p/ and /b/ close together. We've also got the vowel sounds and diphthongs...Patty baked a big apple pie for Peter's birthday party.

OK, let's try another one that's /p/ and /b/. The pit bull barked before biting the petrified postman. Take it slow at the beginning and then you can get a bit quicker when you feel more confident. The pit bull barked before biting the petrified postman. Remember, if you want to see the difference between the unvoiced /p/ and the voiced /b/ just put your hand on your throat and see if there's a vibration. If there's a vibration, that's the /b/ the voiced /b/. If there's no vibration, the sound is /p/ in your mouth. And the vowel sounds here are...

So your homework is to practise those tongue twisters.

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How to pronounce /p/ and /b/ in English