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  • Voiced and unvoiced consonants.

  • Many consonants in English are paired together because one is the unvoiced version of the other.

  • They take the same mouth position, and the same tongue position.

  • But in one of them, you just go 'hhh,' passing air.

  • In the other one, you actually make a sound: uh, uh. For example: ch, ch.

  • Only air is coming through my teeth. Jj, jj: I'm making an 'uh, uh' sound here.

  • Within the pairs, the unvoiced sounds are: tt, ff, pp, kk, th, ss, sh, ch.

  • The voiced sounds of those are: dd, vv, bb, gg, th, zz, dj, jj.

  • And in the consonants that have no pair, there is only one that is unvoiced.

  • And that is the hh as in 'hi.' The others are all voiced. mm, nn, ng, ll, rr, yy, ww.

Voiced and unvoiced consonants.

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Unvoiced vs. Voiced: American English Pronunciation

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    Sam posted on 2015/04/20
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