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lesson 23
American English Pronunciation Lesson 23

Today in the classroom you are going to learn to pronounce the sound t as in the words ten, tip, time, tile. Remember "practice makes perfect" if you want to improve your English speaking ability.
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Pronunciation: American English Lesson 23

Pronounce the sound t as in the words ten, tip, time, tile. Watch the following pronunciation videos and learn to pronounce this sound correctly.
 
Pronunciation Video
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Spelling
t ten, top, tell, tip, town, tame, time, tin, tam, tile, tore, tine
 
Note: the red letters all have the same sound
 
Sound Type

This is an UNVOICED sound which means Your Vocal Cords DO NOT vibrate when making the sound.
You CANNOT 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. You cannot listen to your vocal cords vibrating.
VERY GOOD
You CANNOT 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. You cannot feel your vocal cords vibrating.
VERY GOOD
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.
Mouth

Your mouth releases air which is then quickly stopped.
Lips

Your lips should be slightly separated.
Tongue

The front part of your tongue should be behind your upper teeth.
Practice video

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.
ten top tell tip
town tame time tin
tam tile tore tine
 
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.
  • Toy boat [repeated]
  • Toy boat. Toy boat. Toy boat.
  • A Tudor who tooted a flute tried to tutor two tooters to toot. Said the two to their tutor, "Is it harder to toot or to tutor two tooters to toot?"
  • Tim, the thin twin tinsmith
  • The two-twenty-two train tore through the tunnel.
  • Twelve twins twirled twelve twigs.
  • Two Truckee truckers truculently truckling to have truck to truck two trucks of truck.
  • Two toads, totally tired.
  • Hi-Tech Traveling Tractor Trailor Truck Tracker.
  • Three twigs twined tightly.
From YOUR Teacher: An Easy Sound

Pronouncing T is pretty easy. Remember to produce a bit of air from your mouth when pronouncing this sound.
 
Additional Lessons
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The following classroom lessons are great for students who want additional conversation, listening, and reading practice. Please post a comment at the bottom of this page in the Facebook Comments window with your thoughts about these lessons.
  • Conversation Lesson - Advanced Level. Dialogs for everyday use. Short situational dialogs for students of English as a Foreign (EFL) or Second (ESL) Language with a written conversation and a conversation notes section.
Conversation Lesson 30 - Giving Advice
(Advanced - Conversation, Reading)

Dialogs for everyday use. Short situational dialogs for students of English as a Foreign (EFL) or Second (ESL) Language.
Giving Advice

LAYLA: Thanks for meeting with me during your lunch hour. I appreciate it.

MONICA: No problem. I’m happy to help. What’s going on?

LAYLA: Oh you know, the usual. Should I take this new job? Or do I stick with my current one?

MONICA: Well, I think it’s time for a change, don’t you? They pay you late and you are unhappy.

LAYLA: Do you really think so?

MONICA: I know so. And I’ve been listening to you complain for over a year now. Trust me. Take the job. What do you have to lose?
Conversation Notes
  • In formal conversation, giving advice is often suggested through modals: ought to/ should / could / If I were you. In informal conversations people tend to use words such as I think that/ I feel that/ in my opinion.
  • Listen for the emphasis on I know so and Trust me. These common phrases can be used to convey both positive and negative emotions. “I know so” conveys a deep belief or certainty. “To know” shows more certainty than “to think.”
  • Notice the use of command forms: Take the job. /Trust me./ Go for it! The command form can be used to gently persuade someone.
Source: U.S. State Department
Additional Conversation
Conversation

This is a collection of 30 situational conversations which focus on a wide variety of communicative and natural encounters in English....these lessons are for beginning students.
Conversation

This is a collection of 36 situational conversations which focus on spoken American English in a relatively natural way....these lessons are for intermediate students.
Conversation

English conversation lessons. 52 lessons covering pronunciation, speaking, writing, and grammar topics....these lessons are for beginning students.
Conversation

English conversation lessons. 30 lessons focusing mostly on communication and grammar topics....these lessons are for intermediate students.
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Avoid Ineffective Study Methods. An audio lesson to help you study English more effectively. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great English study tips.
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