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  • Today we're going to go over the N'T contractions for the word not. You may have noticed as

  • you've listened to native speakers that you can't rely on hearing a good tt, released

  • T sound, shouldn't tt, tt. You'll more often hear shouldn', without that release of the

  • T. So the T is pronounced as a stop consonant. If you're not familiar with what that means,

  • you'll want to watch my video on the three T pronunciations. Let's look at an example

  • sentence. He shouldn't be here. Shouldn't, shouldn't, nt, nt, nt. Just imitate that sound

  • if you can. Nt, nt, nt. The N consonant is a nasal consonant. We'll look in a minute

  • at what that means, but for now just think of it as being in the nose, nn, nn. And the

  • T here is a stop. Which means it's going to stop the sound. It's going to be an abrupt,

  • short, n. The N sound, nn, NT, nt. So it's just a very quick sound here in the nose.

  • On its own, it's unlike really any other sound in English. It almost doesn't even sound like

  • a speech sound. I also want to note that if it's adding a syllable to a word, like should/shouldn't,

  • that it's always going to be unaccented. So it will be lower in pitch than the rest of

  • the word. Shouldn't, shouldn't. Here we have the N and the T sounds next to each other.

  • You can see the tongue position is almost the same. In both, the tongue reaches up and

  • touches the roof of the mouth just behind the front teeth. The main difference is that

  • in the N, the soft palate is down. What that means is that the air comes through here,

  • which is why you feel it so much in your nose. In the T the soft palate is raised. So though

  • you won't hear the T release, the T makes makes itself known when the soft palate raises,

  • cutting off the sound. Now of course sometimes you will hear native speakers pronounce the

  • T, like this: does, doesn't. But most of the time in conversation in the middle of a sentence,

  • you will not hear the T released. Let's look at some more NT contractions. Could, couldn't,

  • couldn't. I couldn't see. Did, didn't didn't. I didn't find it. Would, wouldn't, wouldn't.

  • I wouldn't if I were you. Does, doesn't, doesn't. Doesn't it hurt? Is, isn't, isn't. Isn't that

  • strange? Was, wasn't, wasn't. Wasn't that good? Have, haven't, haven't. I haven't been.

  • Some N'T contraction words are just one syllable. For example, won't and don't. They still have

  • a shape, won't, of tapering off at the end. Won't, don't. They're sort of funny sounding

  • words, they both have the 'oh' as in 'no' diphthong. Will not becomes won't, won't.

  • I won't be there. Do not, don't, don't. I don't think so. If you're wondering about

  • can vs. can't, there will be a separate video on that. So look for it in the future. I hope

  • that you better understand this chopped off N sound in the nose, the N'T contraction.

  • That's it, and thanks so much for using Rachel's English.

Today we're going to go over the N'T contractions for the word not. You may have noticed as

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How to Pronounce N'T Contractions -- American English Pronunciation

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    Sam posted on 2015/04/09
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