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pronunciation problem about 2 syllables " t ". Hi, I have a trouble with pronunciation which had been confused me for a long time. If I can get some help form the native English speaks here that would be great. when a word end with " t ", along comes a " to ", then there are 2 syllables " t ". I always speak 2 " t " out clearly. But it doesn't seem right——as I discovered by some videos I had seen. for example: < * about to do sth > ……t+to* < * difficult to do > ……t+to* < * chat to sb > ……t+to* < * Not to * > ……t+to* < * object to > ……t+to Did I make the examples clear? just like, there are 2 sounds " t ", I always speak the front word clearly and then add a pause, and then I speak " to ". how do you speak it? If it should simply skips one "t"? this is very uncomfortable to me. Thanks a lot English.In case my bad English causes misunderstanding, I'll write it again in my first language which is Chinese: 诸位好,我有一个发音问题困扰了很久。不知能否在这里获得英语母语者的解答? 当一个以 t 结尾的词,后面跟了 to. 这样出现了2个\t\音,该怎么发?我自学习以来一直是清晰的把2个\t\都发出来。不过看影视剧发现好像不是这样发音的。举例说明: * about to do sth = ……t+to* * difficult to do = ……t+to* * chat to sb = ……t+to* * Not to * = ……t+to* * object to = ……t+to 我表达的清楚吗? 就是***t to***总是2个 t 的时候,(如果不清楚的发出2个t音来,我总是听不懂或混淆。)但实际上好像听英语母语者并不是清晰的发2个t,但是又说不上来该怎么发
Sep 4, 2018 9:07 AM
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My suggestion: hold the first t slightly (don't finish it) then release it with the "to". You shouldn't skip a t - that will mess with the natural rhythm. Even better, how about recording yourself when you speak these phrases? Use vocaroo or clyp.it and post the link here. We can tell you what you need to do then.
September 4, 2018
Many English people drop 't' sounds before an unstressed syllable, replacing them with a pause (glottal stop), the word 'butter' should have one 't' sound but for a Londoner it has none, it becomes bu-er. The same thing happens with doubled 't' sounds such as yours: put to becomes pu-to, the pause replaces the first t. This is a bad habit, don't do it, but don't be surprised if you hear it on the BBC.
September 4, 2018
Hi Wendell. This is called 'juncture'. A very slight pause between not and to, as you seem to speak is fine. The more fluent you become, the more the 'juncture' will close. When I speak, it sounds like notoo. I hope this helps. Thank you, Stephen
September 4, 2018
答案是只读一个t,我推荐你去bbc看一看pronunciation的学习板块,告诉你怎样连读和吞音,其实你都快了,想读2个t还真不容易。
September 4, 2018
Good listening skills Wendell! Here in New Zealand we cut off the final t (just put your tongue in the t position but stop the sound) and the to is pronounced simply as 't' sound (not the name of the letter t). This kind of thing is rather difficult to explain in writing though. I'm new on italki and so my trial lesson is a good price if you would like some coaching with this. Also I've discovered that different people put their tongues in different places for the letter t. https://www.italki.com/ana.nz –English and Portuguese Teacher - professora de inglês e português
September 4, 2018
Wendell
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, Japanese
Learning Language
English