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  • In today's video, we are going to focus on two initial consonant sounds in English.

  • The 'k' sound and the 'g' sound.

  • /k/ and /g/.

  • I know they sound quite similar but they are actually quite different in English.

  • And they are very important so keep watching.

  • Let's take two example words to begin with.

  • The first word is 'cot'.

  • It's a very sharp 'k' sound as you can hear.

  • 'cot'

  • The second word is 'got'.

  • It's a 'g' sound this time.

  • 'got'

  • So 'cot' and 'got'.

  • They sound quite different actually but if you cannot hear the difference,

  • don't worry keep watching.

  • We'll practice together and at the end of the video you will be able to pronounce them correctly.

  • Let's get started.

  • Before we get into these initial consonant sounds /k/ and /g/ in English,

  • you should know about the I.P.A spelling, guys.

  • It's very useful.

  • You can also watch me and how I move my mouth.

  • And remember to repeat after me when I ask you to in this video.

  • You can make those sounds.

  • Let's do it together now.

  • Let's first learn how to produce this /k/ sound in English.

  • It's voiceless.

  • You are not going to use the vibrations of your throat - your voice.

  • You're just going to push out some air.

  • And you're going to place the back of your tongue up there.

  • And you're going to push out some air with the back of your tongue.

  • So /k/

  • Can you please do this? Repeat after me.

  • /k/

  • Let's practice with the word 'cot'.

  • Please repeat after me.

  • 'cot'

  • Let's now move on to the /g/ sound.

  • Now it's the same as the /k/ sound but it's voiced.

  • So you're not going to push out some air.

  • You're going to produce a sound.

  • You're going to make your throat vibrate, okay.

  • So back of your tongue, up there, and you produce a sound. You use your voice.

  • So, /g/

  • Please repeat after me.

  • /g/

  • Let's practice with the word 'got'.

  • Please repeat after me.

  • 'got'

  • Good.

  • Let's now practice using minimal pairs.

  • These words sound almost the same but they are different.

  • They're very good if you want to focus on the differences between the sounds.

  • But first, let's focus on the sounds themselves.

  • Watch my mouth. Please, repeat after me.

  • /k/

  • /g/

  • Let's do it together. Please repeat after me.

  • /k/

  • /g/

  • /k/

  • /g/

  • /k/

  • /g/

  • And now let's practice with the words.

  • Please repeat after me.

  • 'cot'

  • 'got'

  • 'cot'

  • 'got'

  • 'cot'

  • 'got'

  • Very good, guys.

  • Okay, guys.

  • Time now to go through minimal pairs together.

  • Please watch how I move my mouth and repeat after me.

  • Let's do this.

  • cab

  • gab

  • came

  • game

  • cane

  • gain

  • cap

  • gap

  • cape

  • gape

  • card

  • guard

  • cash

  • gash

  • cave

  • gave

  • clad

  • glad

  • clam

  • glam

  • clamour

  • glamour

  • class

  • glass

  • clean

  • glean

  • clue

  • glue

  • coast

  • ghost

  • coat

  • goat

  • cob

  • gob

  • cod

  • god

  • cold

  • gold

  • come

  • gum

  • cork

  • gawk

  • could

  • good

  • coup

  • goo

  • crab

  • grab

  • cram

  • gram

  • cramps

  • gramps

  • crane

  • grain

  • crate

  • great

  • craze

  • graze

  • crease

  • Greece

  • creed

  • greed

  • creek

  • Greek

  • crepe

  • grape

  • crew

  • grew

  • crime

  • grind

  • crow

  • grow

  • crowned

  • ground

  • crumble

  • grumble

  • cull

  • gull

  • cunning

  • gunning

  • curd

  • gird

  • curly

  • girly

  • cussed

  • gust

  • cut

  • gut

  • kale

  • gale

  • kill

  • gill

  • kilt

  • guilt

  • krill

  • grill

  • Excellent, guys.

  • Time for the sentences now using these consonant sounds.

  • Sentence number one:

  • 'The goat ate my coat.'

  • Please repeat after me, guys.

  • 'The goat ate my coat.'

  • Sentence number two:

  • 'A good guard could check my card.'

  • Please repeat after me.

  • 'A good guard could check my card.'

  • And finally:

  • 'The mountain cave is cold, but it gave gold.'

  • Please repeat after me.

  • 'The mountain cave is cold, but it gave gold.'

  • Great. Let's move on.

  • Let's now move on to listening practice.

  • I'm now going to show you two words.

  • I will say one of the two words,

  • and I want you to listen very carefully

  • and to tell me if this word is, 'a)' or 'b)'

  • Let's get started.

  • Let's start with our first two words.

  • Which word do I say?

  • Word 'a' or word 'b'?

  • Listen to me.

  • 'gird' 'gird'

  • Was it 'a' or 'b'?

  • It was 'b', 'gird'.

  • 'a' would be 'curd'.

  • What about this one?

  • 'crab' 'crab'

  • It's 'a' guys, 'crab'.

  • 'b' is 'grab'.

  • 'cram' 'cram'

  • It's 'a', 'cram'.

  • 'b' is 'gram'.

  • Listen to me.

  • 'ground' 'ground'

  • It's 'b', 'ground'.

  • 'a' is 'crowned'

  • 'cussed' 'cussed'

  • Is it 'a' or is it 'b'?

  • It's 'a', 'cussed'.

  • 'b' would be pronounced 'gust'.

  • 'guilt' 'guilt'

  • It's 'b', 'guilt'.

  • 'a' is 'kilt'.

  • Listen to this word.

  • 'grew' 'grew'

  • Word 'a' or word 'b'?

  • It's word 'b', 'grew'.

  • Word 'a' is 'crew'.

  • 'crime' 'crime'

  • It's word 'a', 'crime'.

  • Word 'b' is 'grime'.

  • 'grow' 'grow'

  • The answer 'b' is correct, 'grow'.

  • Answer 'a' would be 'crow'.

  • Finally.

  • 'gull' 'gull'

  • It's answer 'b' guys, 'gull'.

  • 'a' is 'cull'.

  • Good job, guys.

  • You now have a better understanding of the two consonant sounds

  • /k/ and /g/ in English.

  • It takes a lot of speaking and listening practice to master those sounds

  • so please keep practicing.

  • You can do it.

  • You will be able to pronounce them correctly

  • and you will train your ear so you can hear the differences between the sounds.

  • Also make sure you watch my other pronunciation videos

  • if you want to improve your English skills even further.

  • See you next time.

  • Thank you so much for watching, guys.

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In today's video, we are going to focus on two initial consonant sounds in English.

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