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2.2.4 k/g


Thankfully, these two sounds exist in almost every language. Otherwise, learning them could prove quite challenging.


Firstly, to pronounce these two sounds, the back part of the tongue must be raised and pressed against the soft palate. This action takes place deep in the mouth, so it's not something we can see directly. In fact, most people don't even know exactly how they produce these sounds, nor can anyone recall how they learned to make them as children.


就好像 t/d 在发音的时候一样,k/g 也会自然带着一个很轻的元音,再一次,不是 ə 而是 ɤ,但只有气流通过,没有声带振动。请仔细体会一下 class 的发音:klæs —— 其中 ɤ 的音色,虽然轻微但也明显。

Moreover, much like the t/d sounds, k/g also naturally carries a slight vowel sound. Once again, it's not ə but ɤ, where the air is flowing through without any vocal cord vibration. Pay close attention to the pronunciation of class: klæs. The sound ɤ is subtle yet noticeable.