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  • Hello, English learners! Welcome back to the English with Michael YouTube channel. I, of course, being Michael.

  • I'm your teacher, so great to have you here, and I've got a simple, little pronunciation video for you today.

  • It's simple, but it is confusing.

  • Many people get this wrong, and this is the silent B, the silent /b/. Except it's not a /b/, because we do not say it.

  • And this is really common in words that end in "bt" or "mb".

  • And I often hear people pronouncing the "b", but we actually don't say it at all.

  • So, hopefully, that's a little bit easier for you.

  • Let's look at the first type with "bt"; a really common one is the word "debt".

  • Now, it looks like it's supposed to be /dɛbɪt/, something like that.

  • But as you can tell, it's really, really difficult to pronounce a /b/ and a /t/ together.

  • So, we simply don't; we just say /dɛt/, I have do much debt.

  • Another one, doubt /daʊt/.

  • I have some doubts. Doubt.

  • And the final one, which is a little bit different, is "subtle", /sʌt(ə)l/. We do not say /sʌbt(ə)l/, we say, /sʌt(ə)l/, /sʌt(ə)l/.

  • Um, so, it kind of sounds like s-u-t-t-l-e, /sʌt(ə)l/.

  • Okay, and onto the second typewhich is the ones that end in "m-b", "mb".

  • So many examples of these; one of them would be "bomb", /bɒm/.

  • We don't say /bɒmb/, we say /bɒm/; ignore that "b" completely.

  • Another one is "climb" /klaɪm/. I want to climb the mountain. Climb.

  • Here are some more: lamb, /lam/, a baby sheep, a lamb

  • And another one with a "erending, plumber, /plʌmə/.

  • A plumber is someone who works with water and pipes; not someone who eats plums. Plumber

  • So, have some practice yourself and remember this rule with the "bt" and the "mb"; usually the "b" is silent.

  • Hope this little video was useful. Thank you so much and I'll see you next time!

Hello, English learners! Welcome back to the English with Michael YouTube channel. I, of course, being Michael.

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The Silent B | English Pronunciation

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