Day 5 Glottal Stop Understanding Fast Speech in English




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Hello and welcome to Day 5. I know that listening to fast speech can be a challenge, but I'm here to remind you -- Don't say, "I can't." Only say, "I can." English with Jennifer Americans often use a glottal stop with a final T, as I did with the words "don't" and "can't." A glottal stop is made when we cut off the sound in our throat. If you can say "uh-oh" and "uh-uh," you can make a glottal stop. It's more important to understand it than make it. There is a difference -- and I want you to hear it -- the difference between a true T and the glottal stop. Don't Can't So when will you hear a glottal stop? Well, when T is at the end of a sentence or phrase, as in... When T comes before a pause, as in... A final T before another consonant can happen at the end of a syllable or the end of a word. For example, people might complain about having a potbelly. Someone might ask you, "Won't you join me?" Let me say those examples again with slow, careful speech. I'll use a true T, so you can compare. Potbelly. Won't you join me? But that doesn't sound very natural, does it? Let me say them a final time with a glottal stop. Potbelly. Won't you join me? We'll also use a glottal stop with a T before an unstressed N sound. Here are three examples: Let me say them slowly with a true T, so you can compare. But in everyday speech, you'll hear... Listen closely. I'll say a sentence, and you try to understand. That's all for now. Thanks for watching and happy studies!