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Hey, guys! Is there any easy ways to learn how to properly pronounce the unrelesead "T" and "D"? It's particularly troublesome to me to pronounce those sounds when they are followed by a "TH" sound. Whenever i try to say sentences like "i liked that" or "i traveled to", it always comes out as "i like that" and "i travel to". It's been really frustrating. I have no problems with those sounds when followed by other consonants, though.

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Joaozin"I liked that" or "I traveled to", it always comes out as "I like that" and "I travel to".

In normal-speed speech, the difference in the pronunciation is slight to non-existent. It is at most just a vestige of the distinction that you would make if you spoke the words very s-l-o-w-l-y. People mostly understand which is meant from context.

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Even native English speakers have trouble with these. Trying to pronounced that final "d" in pure, linguistic textbook fashion is too difficult, even for native speakers. I pronounce that difficult final "d" as a "t": "I liked that." as "I likt that." and "I traveled to..." as "I travelt to..." Much easier this way.

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JoaozinIs there any easy ways to learn how to properly pronounce the unrelesead "T" and "D"?

Easy? Probably not. It takes practice. I'd start with single words with final 't'. (I assume you're talking about AmE.)

Make the final consonant disappear by substituting a glottal stop (/ ʔ /) for the final consonant (/t/). It's a sudden stop formed by choking off the sound with your throat. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glottal_stop

Say "cat" as /kæʔ/ instead of as /kæt/.

Next step: When you say /kæʔ/, form a silent /t/ at the same time you say the /ʔ/. That is, get your mouth in position to say a /t/, but don't say it. That's basically an unreleased /t/.

You use the same principle for other unvoiced unreleased plosives (/p/, /k/), but for the voiced unreleased plosives (/b/, /d/, /g/) the glottal stop is less prominent.

CJ

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