Pronunciation Lesson 22
Pronounce the sound in the words:
bet, but, bit, beach
Vowels 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Consonants 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44
Pronunciation video

Watch the following video and learn how to pronounce this sound

Practice speaking while watching the video.

This sound can only be spelled the following way
b bet, bass, bat, but, bit, bunch, boring, bony, beach, bill, best, beak, back
Note: the red letters all have the same sound
Sound type

This is a VOICED sound which means Your Vocal Cords DO vibrate when making this sound.
You CAN LISTEN to your Vocal Cords vibrating if you cover your ears with your hands.

Try covering your ears with your hands as Akiko is doing in the picture.

Now make the sound of this lesson. Can you listen to your vocal cords vibrating?
You CAN FEEL your Vocal Cords vibrating if you place your hands on your neck.

Try placing your hands on your neck as Akiko is doing in the picture.

Now make the sound of this lesson. Can you feel your vocal cords vibrating?
The following diagram shows the most important parts of your head and mouth used for pronouncing the sounds of English. It also shows the location of your Vocal Cords.
Mouth, lips, and tongue position

The following descriptions explain the proper mouth, lips, and tongue position when you make this sound.

Your mouth releases air which is then quickly stopped.

Your lips are together at the beginning.

The front part of your tongue should be in the center part of your mouth.
Practice video

Watch the following video and practice pronouncing this sound.

Listen to the video and practice repeating each word.
Pronunciation practice words

Look at your mouth in a mirror and practice pronouncing the following words. Make sure your mouth, lips, and tongue are in their proper positions.
bet bass bat but
bit bunch boring back
beach bill best beak
Note: the red letters all have the same sound (watch the video above)
Pronunciation word test
Try saying the following tongue twisters as quickly as possible.
  • Betty Botter bought some butter. / "But," she said, "this butter's bitter! / If I put it in my batter, / It will make my batter bitter!" / So she bought a bit of butter / Better than her bitter butter, / And she put it in her batter, / And her batter was not bitter. / So 'twas better Betty Botter / Bought a bit of better butter.
  • Peggy Babcock.
  • The black bloke's back brake block broke.
  • Toy boat [repeated]
  • Rubber buggy bumpers [repeated]
  • Toy boat. Toy boat. Toy boat.
  • A bitter biting bittern Bit a better brother bittern, And the bitter better bittern Bit the bitter biter back. And the bitter bittern, bitten, By the better bitten bittern, Said: "I'm a bitter biter bit, alack!"
  • I cannot bear to see a bear Bear down upon a hare. When bare of hair he strips the hare, Right there I cry, "Forbear!"
  • A box of biscuits, a batch of mixed biscuits.
  • A big black bug bit a big black bear, made the big black bear bleed blood.
  • The boot black bought the black boot back.
  • Black bug's blood.
  • Betty better butter Brad's bread.
  • Brad's big black bath brush broke.
  • Betty and Bob brought back blue balloons from the big bazaar.
  • A bloke's back bike brake block broke.
  • Good blood, bad blood.
  • Brisk brave brigadiers brandished broad bright blades, blunderbusses, and bludgeons -- balancing them badly.
  • The blue bluebird blinks.
  • Pretty Kitty Creighton had a cotton batten cat. The cotton batten cat was bitten by a rat. The kitten that was bitten had a button for an eye, and biting off the button made the cotton batten fly.
  • Ruby Rugby's brother bought and brought her back some rubber baby-buggy bumpers.
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