The American English Accent:: The “Explosive” T And P Sounds

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The American English Accent:: The “Explosive” T And P Sounds

The “explosive consonants”

Earlier we said that the vowels are an important factor in hearing a “foreign” accent. But it is not only the vowels. The consonants also must be mastered.

When we say that English consonants are “explosives”, we mean that they are pronounced with a sudden release of air. It is this characteristic that marks the accent of an English speaker when they try to speak your language. You should try to speak like an American and you will be reaching for the American English way of pronouncing the consonant. It is the characteristic explosive nature of the English consonant that is the basis of so many jokes about the pronunciation of the English speaker who is learning other languages.

Pronounce the following sentence with the most exaggerated American accent that you can: “Peter, answer me! Can you talk?”

Did you exaggerate the words Peter, can you talk? If you did, the sounds that sound bad in your language are correct in English.

Most of my students are shy and speak with a low voice because...

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