How to pronounce /t/ and /d/ in English
These two tongue twisters will help us pronounce the unvoiced /t/ sound in English and the voiced /d/ sound. Let's start with "Two tiny tigers take two taxis to town"...
With the next two tongue twisters we're going to firstly look at the /t/ sound and then we're going to look at /t/ and /d/ together, because they can sometimes be quite tricky for some learners of English. We'll start with an easy one, we'll take it slow and then it's your turn to practise. "Two tiny tigers take two taxis to town" Because this one is just /t/ it's a lot easier to practise and it's a lot easier to say quickly. Let's have a look at the vowel sounds and the diphthongs in this tongue twister.
OK now the next tongue twister I wrote myself, I invented my own tongue twister, because I wanted a nice simple one to practise the /t/ and /d/ sounds. So this just shows you that it's easy to make a tongue twister. If I can make a tongue twister, you can make your own tongue twister too! So, here it is. So we're going to look at /t/ and /d/. So remember the /t/ sound is unvoiced, the sound is in your mouth, but the /d/ sound is voiced, so you can feel the vibration in your vocal chords. Just put your hand on your throat so you can feel the vibration in your vocal chords, /t/ and /d/. "Dim Tom has a ding dong with Tim and Dom" If you say "to have a ding dong" with someone, it's a slang expression which means 'have an argument'. "Dim Tom has a ding dong with Tim and Dom" So here are the vowel sounds in that tongue twister. "Dim Tom has a ding dong with Tim and Dom" So now you practise that one!
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