I'm not a native speaker, and I feel difficult to pronounce unaspirated stop sound properly, such as the /t/ in "let me". I found some learning materials on internet, but they are not sophisticated about the process of pronounce unaspirated stop sound. In "let me", the /t/ is unaspirated, so as materials said, I should close the mouth and block the air stream after /lɛ/, until meet /m/ in "me", then release the air stream. I don't know whether is that right or not. I'm very confused.


It might depend on what accent you're trying to emulate.

For me, Northern Br E, the 'close' is at the back of the tongue to the throat.
If I emulate a generic Southern Br E or US E it seems to be further forward, but it's still tongue, not lips.
The move to the 'm' of 'me' is a separate move.

  • Thanks a lot. And I fell sorry about that I forgot to check my question until today. I want to emulate US E accent, and I feel difficult to make a 'close' at the back of the tongue, but I feel easier to make it at the front of the tongue. I'm wondering whether it matters or not. – Chunguang Lai Aug 3 '18 at 7:38
  • It matters because it changes the 'accent' quite considerably. For US Eng you can think of it more like a 'd' but without the follow-on, simply a stop. – gone fishin' again. Aug 3 '18 at 7:49
  • I understood, but I have another related question. Is this kind of 'stop' same with glottal T? – Chunguang Lai Aug 3 '18 at 7:57
  • Not in US E; but it is in Northern Br E. It all depends on the accent. – gone fishin' again. Aug 3 '18 at 7:58
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    Thanks for your kind answer. English is really hard for non-native speakers to learn! – Chunguang Lai Aug 3 '18 at 8:06

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