AccenTraining Podcast

#112 How Ng (ŋ) Ending Sounds are Made

April 26, 2022 Season 5 Episode 112
AccenTraining Podcast
#112 How Ng (ŋ) Ending Sounds are Made
Show Notes Transcript

Some of the most common sounds in English speech don't exist in every language. To make up for this difference, many people pronounce English words with movements more familiar to them. While the sound they make may be similar to the English sound, it will likely impact other sounds around it, and control is lost of one's speech and accent.

The ng combination is a prime example of this, considering the sound made and the position used is not reflected in the word's spelling.

Practice along with me with a series of short phrases and tongue twisters to get used to the "ng" nasal sound as a word endings!

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Practice along with these sets of minimal difference words!
Thin v Thing  |  Win v Wing   |  Ton v Tongue

Rin v Ring v Rink  |  Thin v Thing v Think  |   Win v Wing v Wink 

Repeat these tongue twisters after me

  1. Birds’ wings bring things from Singapore to Beijing. 
  2. If you're keen on stunning kites and cunning stunts, buy a cunning stunning stunt kite.
  3. The ringing, swinging, singing singers sang winning songs. 
Speaker 1:

Welcome to the accent training podcast, a podcast where I teach you to harness the sounds of the American accent. My name is pat and I am an American accent coach. I'm from Canada and I teach the mouth movements and muscle never needed to control your speech and make your sounds come out in the way that a typical English speaker would. The sound that we're gonna talk about today is when the letters N and G come together, N and G you see there's a certain symbol that we for this it's actually in the name of this episode, it's, it's kind of an N with a little tail . This symbol of an N with a little tail is not a regular end position like Hmm . Where my tongue is going right up in the front of my mouth and touching behind my teeth. No , this is a bit of a modified position. We turn the position of the G good , good into a nasal sound. Mm mm . As a matter of fact, I'm even going to add as a picture for this podcast. I'm gonna make the picture for this podcast, a picture of the position that I've drawn myself, take a look at that podcast picture. That's what we're working with here. The picture of the podcast, that's what we're working with, that mm . Position. And that's what I'm gonna help you folks with today because many people pronounce N G together with a regular N sound. Mm . And then a regular G sound G mm , good . Mm , good . And for a word like thing, they'll often say thing thing , give me that thing . Now people will understand what you're saying. If you say thing , but if you listen closely, I'm not releasing G in that same way. Mm thing, ING thing. I'm not saying thin, thin with a regular end sound at the end, but I'm also not going thing thing instead. It's just kind of a quick and fading nasal position. Mm . Where the tongue pull up in the back of the mouth, and we're gonna get the hang of this today because it's extremely common, especially I N G like we say, running, walking, talking, we don't wanna get a regular end sound for these talking, walking, running. We wanna use a bit of a modified position, a little bit of a different nasal position talking, talking. Okay. It is true that some native English speakers, we'll kind of omit G from these words and just pronounce a quick end sound talking. What are you talking about talking? And if you wanna speak like that, Hey, all the power to you. That's not a problem, but know that understanding how to make this Bing position, we'll work wonders for your speech flow and ultimately your communication as a whole, I N G or just NG . Mm let's. Break this down and see how we can get really good at this for ourselves. And we will get into that in just a moment. 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Anytime any day through the video course designed to help you. Well, let's get into this lesson. Let's jump right to at the N G sound. As I said, a lot of people will hesitate with this. A lot of people will pronounce N with their tongue going behind their teeth, and then they'll make a regular G. Good , good . I want you to repeat after that G sound good . Good , good . Feel what your tongue does when you make that good . Good. Your tongue rises in the back, right? It rises in the back. It touches your soft palette . It makes some pressure there. Good . Good . Your voice builds up a little bit, and then you let a burst of voice come through. Good . Good . Making a clear G sound. Now I'd like you to try one more thing with me. Let's raise the tongue in the back once more touching the soft palette , but what we're gonna change is let's not build up any voice. Let's not burst it out. Let's just hold the tongue back there. Mm mm . Letting your voice come through your nose instead of your mouth. Mm mm . I'm not going. Mm mm . A lot of people, when they first get a feel for this position, they get a good mm . But then they'll go, mm . I'm not going like that. I'm just holding that position and making it fade. Mm that's. The position of this little end with the tail on it. That's the sound. Mm mm . It's not an, mm mm . Nor am I closing my lips, making an M mm mm . But an mm mm . Now let's get a feel for this right here. Let's get a feel for this. And let's make some vow sounds before. Mm . And say them together. Now what we wanna do is we wanna make the vowel sound strong and have the mm . Fading. It's very important that your vowel sound is strong and your mm . Sound is fading. Let's take a look. Repeat after me vowel sound plus. Mm . First, ah , um , notice I'm making the vowel strong. Ah , and then, mm , mm . Very quick fading sound. Um , how about , um , um , um , um , here's another one, E E E . And finally, eh , and remember when we're making this sound, eh , we have our teeth close together. The tongue is touching the top teeth in the back, but it's not making any pressure. Eh , if it makes pressure, we're going to get an E E sound. We just want, eh , eh , so , um , um , E we don't release G with any of those. We're bringing the tongue up in the back, but we're not going good . We're not building up voice. And then letting it burst like an Ang, but just ING . I'd like you to repeat after me this word thing thing , we're getting this in nice and strong. And then, mm . Thing , bring , bring again, not a, not going ING bring , but Bri bring having the tongue high in the back for the, eh , and then the middle of the tongue just moves back and touches that soft palette , the squishy spot in the back of your mouth. Bring here's one more. How about the word wrong ? W R O N G. Wrong . That's the wrong way wrong . I'm not going wrong, wrong , but wrong . Ah , making that. Ah , and then I bring my tongue up in the back, touch the soft palette without releasing a go without building up air wrong way . Now repeat a few phrases after me. Let's see what we've got. Just to keep putting this into context and get in this Hm . Position. Nothing, nothing left, nothing left notice. It's not nothing, nothing left, but no left. Here's other one here. Good morning. Morning. You can say this every single day. So now if it is the morning time for you, you have no excuse not to practice your American accent today. Repeat that after me right now. And then go and repeat it. Someone that you pass by in the street. Good morning. Good morning. Of course. Say it quicker. When you say it to someone else, I'm doing it in slow motion in not a morning , but more . And here's one more for you . Long lasting, long lasting. Both of those words have an NG on the ending. Neither is releasing a good sound long lasting let's practice together here. A quick little exercise, just to get a good feel between the end in position where the tongue rises up in the front. Mm . And the NG position where the tongue rises in the back. Mm mm . My tongue is moving up in the back and it's touching the soft pallet . Mm it's not moving up in the front. Mm . So repeat after me a couple of words here. Sun , son , and sun , sun , couple good ones. How about thin, thin thing , tongue rising in the back. Keep practicing that for yourself. How about another two words? How about win , win tongue rising in the front, and then w wing . Now, as I've mentioned, I'm not releasing a G sound . I'm not releasing anything in the back of my mouth. I'm not building up any air or voice in the back of my mouth and releasing a good , or it's not a wink, but a wink . And to make sure that you are not doing that either. I'd like to practice some more words here with you to get a good difference between in the mm . And Hm . How about these ones here? Thin think , think Stu stung Stu w win wink repetition of these in your daily life is going to help your muscles adjust incredibly. It's gonna work magic for your muscles because you will be introducing them to new movements. Most of the people listening right now are never going to repeat this exercise in their life. Most of the people listening right now are going to hear it are gonna say to themselves, oh, I'm happy that I know the difference. And then they're never gonna repeat it again. And they're not gonna see a change in their own speech as a result. However, a small amount of you will repeat that exercise and that small amount that repeats this of these sets of words, which have minimal differences are going to see a huge change in their spoken English. They're gonna have way better control over the strength of their sound. And that is why I will put that exercise in the description to see that progress for your air . Can accent check the description and you'll find it there. Now. I'm not trying to shame anyone that doesn't do it. I'm just telling you the reality. If all that you do is listen to this episode and you don't repeat these exercises later. You're not gonna see any change. You're not gonna see the improvements that you want. So here's what gonna do. I'm gonna give you one more opportunity to practice along with me here , and to get some serious progress. And we're gonna get that progress by reading some tongue twisters. Now, tongue twisters are a great way to get a little bit of exercise for some new movements that we're trying to learn, especially when you're focusing on just one put sound . So let's read through a handful here instead of idiomatic expressions. Today, we'll do tongue twisters, couple of quick, little tongue twisters here to get a good feel for this. And by the way, check the description. These are all written down there. Birds wings bring things from Singapore to Beijing. Here's another one for you here. If you're keen on stunning kites and cunning stunts buy a cunning, stunning stunt kite, whoa, there's a fun one. Practice that I'll read it out once or , but practice that it's in the description. If you're keen on stunning kites and cunning stunts by a cunning, stunning stunt, kite tricky, a tricky one, but that's a fun tongue twister right there. Here's one more for you . This one is really gonna put your end G skills to the test. I don't want you to make any good sounds. In these words, the ringing swinging singing singers sang winning songs. There's a tough one for you. Let's do that again. The ringing swinging singing singers sang winning songs. I did not release any good . I didn't say ringing, swinging, singing, but ringing, swinging, singing, tricky, tricky tongue twisters, and they will take time for you to develop. And that's why I'm giving you this information. My friend, that's why I'm providing all these tongue twisters and these exercises in the Des of this podcast for you to check out for yourself and get good at now. Like I said, at the beginning of this, if you are someone who wants to participate in accent classes, and you want a little personalized feedback on how you make this, mm , sound, feel free to send me a message on Instagram and my friend, I will be honored to work with you one on one and give you some advice on how this sounds beyond that. I'd be more than happy to get groups together. I'm working on forming group classes. And at the moment I do have the material and the availability for group classes. So if there are any people out there who like to work on this as a group with me, if you're someone who's interested in group classes, send me a message on Instagram and we will get that organized as well. Now I've gotta get going at the moment. I've gotta get to wrapping things up for today. We've looked at a whole bunch of tongue twisters. We've looked at a whole bunch of, of words and pairs and exercises, and now it's time for us to part ways. However, however, for you as a student, your work does not end here. My friend, no, no. If you are truly looking to train your accent, then what I strongly encourage you to do is to take what you've learned in this episode here today and apply it to your daily life. Try and find some phrases in your daily life that have this NG position, these ING , um , on sounds and pay them some attention. Repeat them regularly. Get used to these words because they're not going away. And as I mentioned at the beginning, understanding how to make this position will work wonders for your speech flow. Your communication skills will be improved entirely, and it takes nothing more than a little practice and a little focus on your part. So check out the exercise. They're all written in the description, memorize a couple of those minimal pairs for yourself. Repeat them to yourself regularly and do the same with those tongue twisters. Just a couple times a day, 10, 15 minutes a day. Repeat these to yourself, ING ING , and you'll have control over this in no time. Well, it's been a pleasure chatting with you today. I've got other things to get to. I've got , do a little bit of writing, a little bit of editing, a little bit of teaching, a little bit of exercising, a little bit of eating. It's rather early in this lovely day. I've got quite a bit ahead of me. And so I've gotta get a jump start on things I don't wanna waste any time. I wanna make the most out of the, this wonderful day that the good God has given me to spend on this planet. So thank you very much for listening. It's been a pleasure to chat with everyone today. I hope that you've learned something from this lesson. And if you did make sure that you hit subscribe. If you are someone who wants more of these types of lessons, do not hesitate to subscribe and follow this podcast because I'm gonna have a lot more wonderful things to teach you in the days to come. Thank you very much for your time and have a good one folks.