Shwa Lesson 0: Stops

Over the course of the next few lessons, we're going to introduce you to all the Shwa you'll need to write English. If you'd like a "cheat sheet" to refer back to, print this.

Here are the twelve letters you learned on the Quick Look page:

m n ng b d g p t k

Why don't you try matching those letters to the sounds at the beginning of the following words? Remember that, in English, we pronounce p t k with a small puff of air (aspiration) at the beginning of words and at the beginning of stressed syllables within words, so you'll have to use the aspirated letters (pʰ tʰ kʰ) in those cases.

cat
dog
pet
man
   

To check the answers, highlight the black bar at the bottom left corner of each quiz.

Now try matching the last sounds in the same words:

man
pet
dog
cat
   

Now match the letter with the middle sound you hear in the recording:

   

Did you figure out that an unstressed t between vowels is actually pronounced as a d?

Once you've mastered these letters, move on to the next lesson.


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