The / g / Sound in Gun.
Pronunciation Activation Pack – 29
gun / g /
In this Pronunciation Activation Pack we will be looking at the consonant sound / g /.
We will look at the letter combinations that give the / g / sound.
We will look at lots of words which have the / g / sound in them.
Finally, we will activate your ability to hear and produce the / g / sound correctly.
The / g / sound is a voiced velar plosive made by blocking the air flow with the back of the tongue pressed up against the soft, back part of the roof of the mouth and then releasing it explosively.
The / g / sound on the chart is shown in green, which means that it is voiced.
Letter Combinations for / g /
This voiced velar plosive has these combinations:
G, GG, GH, GU, and X.
Are ghosts aggressive?
/ ə ɡəʊsts ə.ˈɡre.sɪv /
I guess you get graffiti in a ghetto.
/ ˈaɪ ɡes ju ˈɡet ɡrə.ˈfiː.tiː ɪn ə ˈɡe.təʊ /
This guy bugles for the guild.
/ ðɪs ɡaɪ ˈbjuːɡ.l̩z fə ðə ɡɪld /
I guess I exist.
/ ˈaɪ ɡes ˈaɪ ɪɡ.ˈzɪst /
In some words, the letter G is not sounded and is known as the silent G.
The silent G is usually found before the letter N, and occasionally before the letter M.
The silent G can come in any syllable of a word.
A foreign gnome.
/ ə ˈfɒ.rən nəʊm /
/ saɪn hɪə /
The benign sovereign resigned.
/ ðə bə.ˈnaɪn ˈsɒ.vrɪn rɪ.ˈzaɪnd /
Never gnash your teeth or tighten your diaphragm.
/ ˈne.və næʃ jə tiːθ ɔː ˈtaɪt.n̩ jə ˈdaɪə.fræm /
Problems for Students
Besides the silent letter G, the biggest problem posed by the / g / sound is when it is contrasted with the / k / sound.
The only difference between the words in these minimal pairs is that of voicing.
In this Pronunciation Activation Pack we will be looking at a set of minimal pairs which differ only in the sounds / g / or / k /.
Resources and Activators
As with all of my English Activation Packs, this Activation Pack has valuable resources to help you activate the language in this lesson.
Download the resources from the link at the top left.
You will also find the Activators at the end of the Pack.
These will give you plenty of exercises to help you make the language in this lesson part of your active vocabulary.
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