I watched a lot of youtube videos that aim to teach how to pronounce words like bottle and battle. I listen to the American flapped T carefully but I still don't know how to repeat after them because this sound doesn't exist in my native language. I don't know how to move my tongue. Would you give me hints or tips to help me, please?

Also, when I try to pronounce responsibility, security, probability, possibility. They sound like responsibilily, securiry or securiddy, probabiliddy, possibiliddy. My d sound is much more stronger than what Americans say.

  • What is your native language? Can you pronounce a T sound, even if it's not an "American flapped T"? The British English T sound? If you say "probabiliddy" and "probability", or "bottle" and "boddle" , over and over, the D and T aren't very different.. Find a lazy in-between sound.
    – Sam
    May 25, 2018 at 20:00
  • My native language is Arabic and yes I can pronounce the normal T (like British T) May 25, 2018 at 20:51
  • @Sam It's just the American flapped T that doesn't exist in my native language. May 25, 2018 at 20:52

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If you can't pronounce a flapped t, just use a regular t for words like mettle. We Americans will understand you perfectly fine, although it might contribute to an impression of a foreign accent.

If you use a "heavy d" for mettle, Americans might think you're saying meddle, so you might be misunderstood.

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