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  • In this American English pronunciation video, we're going to learn how to pronounce the

  • P and B consonants.

  • These two sounds are paired together because they take the same mouth position.

  • P is unvoiced, pp, meaning only air passes through the mouth.

  • And B is voiced, bb, meaning, you make a sound with the vocal cords, bb.

  • The lips stay together while the teeth part a little.

  • The tongue position doesn't matter for these consonants,

  • so the tongue can start to get into position for the next sound.

  • For example, if the next sound is the R consonant, the tongue can move back and up for the R

  • while the lips close for the B, bring.

  • Let's see the sounds up close and in slow motion.

  • The lips press together, and then release.

  • These are stop consonants.

  • In stop consonants, there are two parts.

  • There is a stop of the airflow, and a release.

  • The stop of the airflow happens as the lips close

  • Hap-pen.

  • The release is when the lips part and the air comes through, -pen, hap-pen, happen.

  • Sometimes native speakers don't release stop consonants when they come at the end

  • of a sentence, or when the next word begins with a consonant.

  • For example, the common phrase 'What's up?'.

  • My lips closed in the P position, but I didn't release the air.

  • What's up?

  • Another example: nap time!

  • Nap---time!

  • My lips came together for the P, but they didn't release the air.

  • I stopped the air with my lips, then released it with the next sound, the T consonant.

  • Nap time.

  • Let's look at some words up close and in slow motion.

  • The word 'best'.

  • The lips press together, and then release into the EH as in BED vowel.

  • The word 'spot'.

  • The lips press together, and then release into the AH as in FATHER vowel.

  • The word 'rip'.

  • The lips press together, and then release.

  • The P and B consonants: best, spot, rip.

  • Example words. Repeat with me:

  • Bring

  • Baby

  • Job

  • Peace

  • Price

  • Up

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In this American English pronunciation video, we're going to learn how to pronounce the

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A2 US release consonant nap press air pen

English Sounds - B[b] and P[p] Consonants - How to make the B and P Consonants

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    Luke posted on 2019/07/18
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