Our latest English pronunciation video is now available! This time it is about how to pronounce the “ng” sound. Remember: practice makes perfect. Take the time to practice pronouncing this sound and we’ll see massive improvements.
How to pronounce the ng /ŋ/ sound | American English Pronunciation (Video)
How to pronounce the ng /ŋ/ sound | American English Pronunciation (Transcript)
Hi! Today we’re talking about the ng sound. This is a very important sound in English because -ing is a very common
suffix. So it’s important to know this sound and to know the difference between this sound and the sound of just -in.
For example in the word “thin”: the in sound is there. The -in is a simple sound, it involves the sound coming completely out of your nose, there’s no air coming out of your mouth and, it’s just the tongue is touching the top of the mouth. So it’s just “mmm” and there’s a voice turned on and the air is flowing out of the nose. So the problem is that most people when they say -ing they don’t do the G part. So the G part involves the tongue, the back of the tongue lifting up and the throat muscles tightening. So instead of “thin” you say “thing” and it’s voiced, the voice is still activated and the sound is high coming through the nasal passage. “Thin” low sound, “thin”, and “thing” “thin” and “thing”. So make sure you’re aware of your tongue you’re aware of your throat muscles.
Some other examples are “sing” “ring” and “laughing”. Anything that has that ing has this ng sound. Becoming aware of your
tongue making sure that its back of your tongue is coming up to the top of your mouth for the G and the throat muscles are tightening and the sound is coming up more into the nasal passage. That’s the trick for the ng sound! Go ahead and record your voice compare it to a native speaker. Keep practicing and thank you for watching!
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