Unit 2 Chapter 1 Lesson 7 /n/

LESSON 8 /n/

HOW TO PRONOUNCE /n/

             

  1. The tip of the tongue touches the back part of the upper teeth.
  2. The sides of the tongue is touching the side upper teeth
  3. The air flows out of the nose.
  4. Lips are relaxed.
  5. OPEN your mouth a bit

COMMON JAPANESE MISTAKE

Usually students cannot hear and pronounce the difference among the last /m/, /n/, /ŋ/.
Last /n/ is usually pronounced as /m/ or /ŋ/.

MINIMAL PAIRS /n/ /m/

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Read and listen to the differences between /n/ and /m/.
Test your listening skill by asking someone to RANDOMLY read a word and try to guess which word was read.
/n/ /m/
son /sʌ́n/ sum /sʌ́m/
cane /kéin/ came /kéim/
teen /tí:n/ team /tí:m/
clan /klǽn/ clam /klǽm/

MINIMAL PAIRS /n/ /ŋ/

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Read and listen to the differences between /n/ and /ŋ/.
Test your listening skill by asking someone to RANDOMLY read a word and try to guess which word was read.
/n/ /ŋ/
fan /fǽn/ fang /fǽŋ/
sun /sʌ́n/ sung /sʌ́ŋ/
sin /sín/ sing /síŋ/
ban /bǽn/ bang /bǽŋ/

LET US PRACTICE

Practice pronouncing the /n/ sound using the words below. 

HOW TO PRACTICE

  1. LISTEN to the audio file.
  2. COPY how the words are pronounced.
  3. SLOWLY read the words.
  4. LOOK at your mouth and tongue movement using a MIRROR.
  5. ALWAYS practice.
TWO-SYLLABLE WORDS /n/
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INITIAL

  1. nineteen

/nàintíːn/

  1. necklace

/nékləs/

  1. kneecap

/níːkæ̀p/

MEDIAL

  1. bonus

/bóunəs/

  1. chimney

/tʃímni:/

  1. lightning

/laítniŋ/

FINAL

  1. button

/bʌ́tn/

  1. alone

/əlóun/

  1. lion

/láiən/

THREE-SYLLABLE WORDS /n/
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INITIAL

  1. national

/nǽʃənl/

  1. natural

/nǽtʃərəl/

  1. negative

/néɡətiv/

MEDIAL

  1. manual

/mǽnjuːəl/

  1. universe

/júːnivɚs/

  1. another

/ənʌ́ðɚ/

FINAL

  1. attention

/əténʃn/

  1. vitamin

/váitəmən/

  1. microphone

/máikrəfoun/

LET US PHRASE IT

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  1. convince Nancy

/kənvíns nǽnsi:/

  1. stolen canine

/stóulən kéinain/

  1. Nelson announcing

/nélsn ənáunsiŋ/

  1. bananas in the canteen

/bənǽnəz in ðə kǽntiːn/

TONGUE TWISTER

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Nina knows nothing about knitting the ninety-nine knots.

/ní:nə nóuz nʌ́θɪŋ əbáut nítiŋ ðə náinti: náin nɑ́ːts/

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