Juhn G
What do we learners have to do for the "Glottal Stop Sounds" or the like?

Did you know the "Glottal Stop Sounds"? If you are an English learner, you may not have heard of it. This video is fun and good to know it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS4YZ_a3_ig

Spoken English is very hard. The glottalisation  is one of the causes. Is there any other hard causes? What can we do for those?

For me, I want to understand the TV shows. I can not tell their spoken words from subtitles. How do you do for those quirks in speaking? Do you have any secret? Any comments would be appreciated.

May 4, 2018 1:44 PM
Comments · 3

I watched the video. Nice to know it exists, but it's also very misleading. You might use the glottal stop to imitate how that speaker speaks, but not how we generally speak.

Glottalisation is a very, very small part of English pronunciation, and if you don't know about it, it certainly won't stop you from sounding natural. If you do want to know about it, it will take you literally 5 seconds to learn.

The biggest obstacles to natural speech that I see are:

1) When a learner reads a text and expects it to sound the way it looks.  We all know that English has loose rules about phonetics, so listen first, read second.

2) When a learner tries to pronounce every word separately and equally.  My students don't do this in their first langage, so I wonder why they think that they need to do this in their second language.

If you deal with those factors first, then you've managed most of the difficulty.

May 4, 2018
Heard of It once but don’t know what it is. 
May 4, 2018
Peachey has written a really nice comment. I think this discussion would be closed with no points added by native speakers. Thank you, Peachey.
May 5, 2018
Juhn G
Language Skills
English, French, Japanese
Learning Language
English